Lead Project Controller

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Date: 21-Jan-2022

Location: Dandenong, VIC, Australia

Company: Alstom

Req ID:210173 

We create smart innovations to meet the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow. We design and manufacture a complete range of transportation systems, from high-speed trains to electric buses and driverless trains, as well as infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a truly global community of more than 70000 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.

If you’re ambitious, driven and team-spirited, this is your opportunity to build a career as Lead Project Controller based in Dandenong, Victoria.


About the Role:


  • Co-pilot to the project manager to ensure focus on the achievement of the financial goals of the project. Provides all required financial information about the project
  • Support Project Management, control the monthly margin realization, monitor & support the EAC change process, support project planning, and ensure that Alstom accounting guidelines are respected.
  • Single point of contact for all financial issues relating to the specific project portfolio controlled. Close monitoring of the project deliverables
  • Early assessment and measuring of financial impact of risks and opportunities with regular follow ups on action plans. Proactively follow and challenge the project cash flow & gross margins


Your responsibilities will include:


1. Project calculations

  • Ensure that project calculations reflect current status of project, TAC approved and proposed in Global FORE, preparing EAC change requests.
  • Input and updating of project calculation in Global FORE and local system (ERP)
  • Working out and updating Budget and Forecast figures of the project in Global FORE
  • Review and Analysis of Estimated-at-completion calculation of the project for Budget, Forecast and Actual in Global FORE and local system
  • Review and Analysis of variances between Budget, Forecast and Actual figures and comment on them in monthly Reporting – especially Sales POC, Margin and Free Cash flow, Risk & Opportunities and Contingencies
  • Review and Analysis of contract related Balance sheet items with the target of minimization of Net Utilized Assets (Inventory level, Advance Payments, Accounts Receivables, etc)


2. Project reporting

  • Make financial situation transparent to the Core Team and conduct regular work package reviews to analyse Actuals vs Forecast and potential deterioration to EAC
  • Lead Core Team members in meeting their scope within their EAC and contribute to improving the Project’s financial performance
  • Challenge the project teams to assure a successful project execution.
  • Prepare and update monthly reports and presentation in project Monthly and bi-annual review meetings
  • Track and drive Project Risk & Opportunities discussion and follow-up on mitigation actions
  • Track and drive project committed Savings and follow-up on Savings action plan and progress


3. Accounting Specific responsibilities

  • Responsible for customs and customer invoicing, VAT, Receivables and payment control
  • Cash-Flow Management (i.e. input of project figures in Cash Planner)
  • Hedging activities in cooperation with Treasury (if necessary) (FX Planner)
  • Determine dispatch instructions, working out, procuring, distributing dispatch documents and if necessary customs documents (including their legalization, if necessary); ensure all relevant shipment activities (Bill of lading, airway bills, packing list, customs invoices, etc.)
  • Procurement / Engineering:  Quantify impact of change orders (profitability calculation), assess impact on the different cost items in the calculation, (i.e. Bill of material and Engineering hours)


4.  Specific responsibilities to other Project Core Team members

  • Keep Project Manager continuously updated on financial situation of project and upcoming risks & opportunities
  • Support Risk & Opportunities Manager & Project Manager by quantifying/assessing project-related exposures/opportunities on an ongoing basis and follow up on the action plans
  • Build and maintain successful cross functional relationships
  • Support Project Manager and/or Claim Manager in commercial negotiations and preparation of claims


Key Requirements:

  • Finance degree and/or any relevant professional related qualification
  • Relevant Experience in a Management Accountant or Project Financial Controller role is required
  • Superior verbal/written communications skills for effective interfacing across different disciplines.
  • Experience in finance and reporting on long term, large scale projects of a technical nature
  • Extensive experience in interacting with multiple stakeholders in a multi discipline large scale project, including non-BT personnel and project partners.


Please note that due to current public health orders and contractual requirements with our customers, an inherent requirement of this role requires the successful applicant to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to maintain their vaccination status in respect of COVID-19, in the event that further COVID-19 vaccinations are required.

As part of the application process, the applicant must provide appropriate evidence of their vaccination status (eg. whether they have received both doses or have received one dose and are booked in to receive their second dose).

If the applicant is unable to be vaccinated due medical reasons, a medical contraindication certificate will need to be provided as part of the application process.  If the applicant is unable to be vaccinated for other reason(s), please provide those reason(s) in the application for our consideration.

An agile, inclusive and responsible culture is the foundation of our company where diverse people are offered excellent opportunities to grow, learn and advance in their careers. We are committed to encouraging our employees to reach their full potential, while valuing and respecting them as individuals.


Job Type:​Experienced​

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