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Colorado Springs Utilities Project Controls Principal in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Project Controls Principal

Job Type: Business Operations

Pay Range $100,500 to $125,665

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 12/6/21

Project Controls Principal

Who We Are… In 1924, Colorado Springs voted to create a four-service public utility; electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services. Since then, as a municipal utility, our focus has been on the basics - providing exceptional customer service while keeping costs low. We strive daily to stay ahead of the business curve with our established priority to continually update and incorporate state-of-the-art technology and endeavor to provide a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration and synergy.

The System Planning and Projects Division (SPP) Controls team is looking for a dynamic, energetic, customer-focused individual to join our team as a Project Controls Principal.

Key Areas of Focus:

  • Serve as lead to junior controls team members, providing leadership, coaching, mentoring

  • Lead and provide oversight for controls projects and initiatives

  • Develop and implement project controls and monitoring procedures to ensure the achievement of project scope, schedule, and cost objectives

  • Collaborate with planning, engineering, technology, project management, accounting, controls and finance teams regarding project controls processes, procedures, and tools

  • Participation and facilitation in cost management and prioritization for projects and initiatives

  • Collect, build, and analyze project cost and time data to establish a baseline of information and communicate variances, and support reporting information

  • Provide quality assessments and overview of compliance with project management methodologies to ensure reduction in delivery risk, ensure successful implementation/construction, and transition to operations

  • Develop and produce reports to keep project, program, controls team and management informed on project progress; examples of reports may include labor productivity, schedule status, financial analysis, cost performance, and earned value curves and reports on either direct or indirect activities

  • Benchmark, analyze, and measure the effectiveness of existing business processes and metrics in order to develop sustainable, repeatable and quantifiable process improvements.

  • Research and analyze information to provide management with the tools to develop effective strategies, allocate resources, prioritize projects, utilize personnel, develop organizational structures, and manage resources.

  • Conduct complex cost-benefit, labor, economic, financial, and systems analyses, identify trends, evaluate data, formulate innovative plans, prepare and deliver reports and expertly present information to key stakeholders internal and external of the organization.

  • Support identification of risks that may affect project costs and schedules.

Who you are... candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Cost Management, Construction Management, Engineering, Project Management, Finance, Accounting or related field are highly preferred. Additionally, we seek a minimum of 15 years of experience in planning/scheduling and cost engineering in a construction and engineering environment. Equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities may be accepted in lieu of experience requirement. PMI Project Management Professional or AACEi certifications are preferred.

We are also looking for the following skills and experience:

  • High emotional intelligence and ability to lead others through positive influence and persuasion regarding policies, processes, practices, and procedures

  • Possess technical and practical application of engineering, procurement, and construction functions

  • Expert knowledge of tools to assist with performing duties, with software such as a PM SaaS tool like PM Web, Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), Microsoft products such as Excel, Word, Teams, Power BI. Knowledge of Microsoft Project and/or Oracle Primavera Project Planner (P6) is a plus

  • Exercise sound independent and professional judgment in solving problems and coordinating issues with management, colleagues and vendors

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and negotiation skills

*Selected candidate must have a valid, unrestricted driver's license, as you may be traveling to project sites.

What this opportunity offers... the chance to collaborate with team personnel to develop and support the consistent use of project delivery tools, processes, and procedures. As a member of SPP, you will be part of a team planning and delivering projects and programs serving the natural gas, electric, water, wastewater, and technology needs of the Colorado Springs community. Our team of dedicated professionals assists in meeting the needs of our citizens and organization by ensuring infrastructure assets are delivered efficiently through their project lifecycle with the effective application of project controls skills, tools, and systems. Come be part of a team making a difference in the lives of our customers every day! Our people are the heart and soul of our company.

This position is eligible for relocation assistance.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you…

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity for our community

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility

  • The stability vital for growth-oriented careers.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities offers a comprehensive benefits program to help you and your family protect your health and financial security.

  • Medical – Select from three medical plans including a Health Savings Account compatible plan

  • Voluntary Wellness Program – Earn incentives, gift cards, and gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two plans including orthodontia coverage

  • Vision Insurance – Voluntary plan covering a full range of vision care services

  • Health Savings Accounts – Tax-advantaged savings account used for healthcare expenses

  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Tax-advantaged spending accounts for healthcare and/or dependent daycare expenses

  • Disability Insurance –Short-Term and Long-Term coverage provides income replacement for illness or injury

  • Life Insurance – Term life coverage with the option to purchase supplemental coverage

  • Paid Time Off – vacation, personal leave, sick leave, holidays, jury and bereavement

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase additional vacation time

  • Pension – Colorado PERA retirement plan funded by both employees and the organization.

  • Retirement Saving Programs - Supplement your pension with PERA 401(k) or PERA Roth 401(k), ICMA Roth IRA, ICMA 457 or 457 Roth plan

  • Educational Assistance – Financial assistance for qualifying courses

  • Additional Benefits - Employee Assistance Program, and Long-Term Care Insurance


  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Business Operations