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Project Controls Specialist Sr

Job ID 413434BR Location Glendale, California, United States Job Posting Company Disney Parks & Resorts Job Posting Area Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted 01/07/2017
“We make magic.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen!


Under minimal supervision, will perform the following general duties and either planning/scheduling duties or estimating/cost control duties:

  • Develop and implements the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Anticipate key indicators and proactively develops management and control reports to communicate
  • Develop and analyzes mitigations for variances to plan
  • Read and interpret design drawings
  • With project team, develop project strategies, risk mitigations, and recovery/acceleration plans
  • Develop project scoping documents, basis of estimate /schedule, strategy, and risk documents
  • Manage the implementation of Earned Value (EV) system and analyzes implications of performance against EV
  • Prepare contract documents for bid packages for Project Controls including controls and reporting specifications, milestones, and budgets
  • Contribute knowledge to team to training and lessons learned
  • Manage interns and staff as required

Planning / Scheduling
  • Develop highly integrated project life cycle and production schedules
  • Lead discipline planning for creative, show, ride, facility, area development, test and adjust
  • Develop project phasing plans
  • Work with suppliers and subcontractor to influence schedule plans, mitigations, and acceleration
  • Develop fragnet schedules and specialty reports as needed to focus on critical items and align team to progress requirements
  • Develop and implements integrated input matrix
  • Plan and analyzes project resource requirements with consideration to advanced implications such as shift work, interdependencies, holiday calendars and seasonal productivity variation
  • Lead planning and coordination meetings
  • Understand direct and indirect project sequencing relationships including typical workarounds to standard relationships and associated risks

Estimating / Cost Control
  • Develop independent estimates for sitework, infrastructure, area development, facilities, shows and rides, interior and themed finishes, and design
  • Perform drawing quantity take offs and estimates unit rates using historical and standard rates while adjusting for site and project specific factors
  • Develop fair price estimates for bids and complex project changes
  • Provide project team with cost guidance during all phases of the project
  • Participate in the negotiation of project change orders
  • Evaluate specifications, drawings, pre-bid meetings, and other project factors to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate
  • Develop total EFC through analysis, experience, and considering input from project teams, suppliers, and subcontractors for complex and large projects (i.e. E-ticket attraction, hotel, land)
  • Develop "what-if" cost estimates and analysis
  • Adjust historical and trend data to incorporate site and project specific factors to validate estimates and cost forecasts
  • Implement highly effective cost control tools and reports and provides insightful analysis that contributes to cost certainty
  • Identify and assesses project risk and contingency determinations

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum five years in engineering/manufacturing/construction (non-residential) or six years major theatrical production experience
  • Minimum one year supervisory experience
  • Themed entertainment experience preferred

Planning / Scheduling
  • Minimum five years CPM scheduling experience

Estimating / Cost Control
  • Minimum five years cost control with estimating experience

  • Ability to supervise staff, consultants, and suppliers including setting goals, prioritization of tasks, coordinating work, and managing time
  • Knowledge of different types of contracting and procurement agreements and the impacts on Project Controls
  • Strong meeting leadership, facilitation, and alignment skills
  • Basic conflict resolution skills
  • Strong communication, collaboration, technical writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong knowledge of design, manufacturing, and/or construction
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Comfortable and efficient with complexity
  • Strong understanding of earned value progress and commodity measurement and related analysis
  • Risk identification and management
  • Negotiation skills

Planning / Scheduling
  • Able to develop highly integrated plans devoid of conflicts
  • Advanced understanding of CPM scheduling, planning, phasing, and indirect considerations

Estimating / Cost Control
  • Ability to normalize or condition bids and cost estimates for fair comparison
Ability to understand indirect impacts on cost and find cost gaps

Required Education

  • 4 year undergraduate degree, preferably in a technical field such as engineering, architecture, construction management, or equivalent work experience in planning or estimating

Preferred Education

  • Discipline related professional certification or industry relevant continuing education desirable

Additional Information

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