Project Controller x2

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The closing date is on 28.05.2014.

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Operating Division: Transnet Group Services
Position Title: Project Controller
Employee Group: Permanent
Department: EIMS, BPM Portfolio, GRP
Location: Johannesburg
Reporting To: Programme Manager
Grade Level: G
Reference Number: 6001652

Position Purpose: To monitor and control strategic BPM/BPO projects across the Transnet enterprise. The BPM Project Controller is responsible for ensuring the capturing of actual time, actual events or Lean Six Sigma DMAIC gate stages. The project controller is responsible for financial planning and control surrounding projects or programmes. Administers monitors and reports on the financial status / progress / forecast of the project / programme / project portfolio. The project controller makes sure that the costs of projects are clear, that the financial information is available in order to manage projects and that the financial agreements with customers and suppliers are met, so that the people and means that are made available, can be used in a cost effective manner They are supposed highlight exceptions to the Project Manager and Programme Manager. The controller duties include:
o Responsible for the review of internal controls.
o Control and have at all times full knowledge of all financial movements and ensuring they are correctly and accurately reported.
o Produce all financial project reporting as requested
o Ad Hoc financial duties. Calculating costs of change requests, calculating the costs and savings on the Lean Six Si projects.
o Coordinate project steering committee meetings and pre - book meetings
o Ensure that all risks and issues are captured on a system and tracking is done.
o Assists the Project Manager in other project related activities such as resource management, scheduling of meetings and presentations

Position Outputs: o Streamline the collection of actual costs processes between front and back office.
o Weekly and monthly cost reporting to ensure operational control as to project actual costs versus budget and variance reporting.
o Measuring resource capacity allocation based on resource time planned and booked to the Lean Six Sigma projects.
o Collecting, the data necessary for the input of the value chain savings calculations. Improve fund accounting review and implement processes for monthly and quarterly financial review.
o Ensure processes, standards and guidelines are available and adhered to by the Project Management community
o Ensure that all risks and issues are captured on a system and tracking is done.

Qualifications and Experience: The incumbent can demonstrate that he/she has demonstrated necessary competencies through controlling actual time, expenses, and % completion on the project schedule.
o 3 year national Diploma or a related study or equivalent experience and Project Management certification e.g. Six Sigma or Prince 2 Foundation
o Proven experience in cash management forecasting,
o Project reporting,
o Project management costing methodologies and processes and knowledge of industry standards, and best practices;

Competencies: Knowledge of financial models and budgeting;
o Solid project management financial analysis;
o Interpersonal and teamwork skills.
o Excellent analytical project financial skills;
o Ability to analyse the financial impact of scope changes on a project

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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