Project Planning & Controls Specialist, Dubai, UAE

Project Planning & Controls Specialist, Dubai, UAE

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You as a Project Planning & Controls Specialist will be a part of the Power Grids division which is a global leader in turnkey power projects and will be based in Dubai, UAE. The Power Grids division delivers solutions across the power value chain. This includes system solutions for power generation, transmission technologies, substations and distribution technologies for network management. You will lead planning, scheduling and cost control efforts for all project phases. Maintain and analyze actual and forecasted schedules, cost and risk. Monitor, report and manage deviations.


Your main responsibilities will include:-

1. Instructions and guidelines

Ensure projects follow sound methodology and execution practices in accordance with internal standard procedures. Ensure that an integrated schedule and cost control performance measurement process for the project’s entire scope of work is provided.

2. Planning and scheduling

a. Analyze project requirements with project team, check that all essential work activities have been identified in sufficient detail to serve as a basis for developing realistic project schedules.

b. Define, jointly with the project team, project work and cost breakdown structure, develops and maintains properly linked, required resource loaded/integrated, baseline and current schedules that provide time phased baseline, actual and forecast data for project.

c. Monitor project progress and regularly analyzes project critical paths to ensure all critical path activities and project milestones are progressed to the plan, notifies Project Managers of any deviations or scheduling issues, and provides input for optimizing resources.

d. Issue progress reports, program updates and productivity data on a regular basis and as requested by customers and stakeholders.

3. Cost, revenue and cash flow management

a. Establish a baseline plan for cost and cash flow performance measurement.

b. Work with project team to define the necessary resources for project completion, evaluating the work breakdown structure and standard productivity.

c. Accurately monitors costs and project cash flow, maintains detailed estimate to complete and estimate at completion forecast, analyzes variances by using earned value management techniques and advises project management on any cost and cash flow issues arising.

4. Change management

a. Work closely with engineering, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning, client and contractors to identify potential changes in scope and quantify the impact of each change in a timely fashion.

b. Administer the change order systems and advises the Project Manager on the cost impact of potential changes and ensures the control estimate/budget is current and reflects changes.

5. Risk management

Work with project team to identify and assess the priority of project risks (e.g. schedule, cost and scope risks), maintains the risk register and proposes mitigation plans. Analyze impact of risk on the overall timeline and costs.

6. Procurement

Integrate material resource requirements with project schedule and defines procurement activities and order lead times. Regularly communicates with SCM team and updates schedules to ensure procurement activities take place in a timely way and lead times are optimized to meet schedule targets.

7. Project reviews

Participate in project reviews. Composes reports and updates all required project data in Project Control systems and SAP for Management Information and Project Analysis. Communicate project progress and control issues to project management team and offers solutions.

8. Stakeholder relations

Effectively communicates appropriate information to customers and other stakeholders in a timely manner and to achieve desired understanding.

9. Project administrative tasks

Perform regular monthly project administrative tasks.


Ideally you should have a minimum of 5 years of scheduling experience in either EPC or O&G environment with sound knowledge of Primavera P6 and MS Project.Furthermore,you should have good knowledge of MS Office applications - Word, Excel and PowerPoint. A bachelor's degree in engineering is desirable with good verbal and written communication skills.

Additional information

Please note: ABB reserves the rights to withdraw this job publication at any given time.

Dubai, Generic, Utd.Arab Emir.
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Grid Integration
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Project Management
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ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees

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