Graduate - Project Controls

Costain · Competitive · Sizewell
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This is an exciting Graduate role within the Project Controls function for our EDF Framework in Sizewell, Suffolk.

This is an entry level role that prepares you for progression to specified Project Control roles, providing support to specific project control tasks and delivery of work.

Costain helps to improve people's lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK's energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

Costain supports Energy Nuclear Generation to maximise the lifespan of its eight UK nuclear power stations. Costain's role is to provide project controls and commercial managed services to portfolios and programmes of work across all of EDF's eight UK nuclear power stations. As part of this work Costain will develop people capability in core project control skills and provide specialist support to EDFs Central Technical Organisation to improve project performance and deliver cost efficiencies.

What will I be doing?

As a graduate you will work under supervision across various areas delivering work including;


Provide low level planning and scheduling for projects under the supervision of the Project Control Lead (PCL) and in line with EDF procedures, allowing experience of the following areas to be developed;

  • EDF Energy planning / scheduling procedures.
  • Project Scheduling.
  • 'S' Curves and tabulations, Hours / Resource histograms.
  • Monthly progress report including narrative, Produce current physical progress report.
  • Analysis of schedule trends and produce forecasts of schedule performance.
  • Methods used to control and manage projects using appropriate levels of scheduling.
  • Methods used to measure progress and productivity.
  • The impact of resource constraints on schedule achievement.

Cost Management

Provide cost management support for projects under the supervision of the PCL and in line with EDF procedures, allowing experience of the following areas to be developed;

  • Reviewing hours spent against budget, including productivity and rate analysis.
  • Reviewing material requisitions against budget specifications.
  • Analysing cost and hour trends.
  • Issuing documents and transmittals through the Document Management System.
  • Document numbering and the processes involved in issuing documents and drawings.
  • Cost analysis and the impact of change.
  • Cost codes and contract numbers.
  • Project control and EV.
  • The interfaces between project control and other disciplines.
  • The use of SAP in projects.

Estimating & Risk

Provide cost estimating support to project managers and engineers, producing estimates for projects under the supervision of the PCL and in line with EDF procedures, allowing experience of the following areas to be developed;

  • Estimating software.
  • Engineering service and construction estimates.
  • Estimate summaries and basis of estimates.
  • Event risk analysis.
  • Estimating classification.
  • Event risk analysis.

Engineering (Operation or Project)

Allowing exposure and understanding of the following areas to be developed;

  • Preparing Requisitions.
  • Planning and control of Engineering deliverables.
  • Design Reviews, Plot Plan Reviews, and Constructibility Reviews and follow up with action list closures and approvals.
  • System engineering.
  • Technical reviews (HAZOP, SIL, Hazardous Area Classification or similar reviews)
  • Engineering investigations.
  • Exception reports for supplier data.
  • Attending weekly Engineering Meetings, record actions and follow up on actions, with a view to obtaining closure.
  • Specific areas of Equipment.
  • Project Close-Out Reports.

Site support and construction

Allowing exposure and understanding of the following areas to be developed;

  • Contractual arrangements.
  • Health, safety and environmental management.
  • Contractors work methodology, plant, labour, supervision etc., and the controls used to manage the safety and quality aspects of the works.
  • Day to day co-ordination of the site works.
  • Management of quality control and the implementation of quality systems on site; this may include inspection duties on site.
  • Control and distribution of design documents at site and the resolution of engineering queries.
  • Details planning of site works, monitoring progress on site and the identification and resolution of issues affecting progress.
  • Control and management of materials on site.
  • Project support roles.

Key Responsibilities & Outcomes

You will be accountable to the Project Control Lead for;

  • Delivering allocated roles and tasks in a safe manner to the specified functional criteria, goals and objectives, compliant with appropriate legislation, Project and Station Procedures and within the approved baseline, scope, cost, schedule and quality requirements.
  • Early identification of issues and/or concerns that either have the potential or will impact the project baseline or task being performed.
  • Providing accurate and timely information, data and reports regarding the task status, activities and performance

and accountable to EDF for;

  • Completing assigned project control tasks ensuring that the work is conducted in a safe, timely and effective manner in line with the relevant procedures.
  • Evidence of potential project controls capability, aptitude to combine both technical and commercial office with site project delivery.
  • An understanding of the need for Safety and Quality within a project environment.
  • Good logical reasoning and numeracy skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills and tenacity.
  • Ideally basic P6 knowledge Primavera - P102.
  • Ideally basic SAP knowledge.
  • Must have knowledge in the use of packages such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint and ideally developed knowledge of Excel.


  • Degree qualified ideally in Project Management, Business or Finance.

Final Statement

Why work for us?

Talent comes in many different guises. At Costain we recognise this and work with employees to take them where they want to go rather than where we think they should go. We are fully committed to creating a safe place to work, where everyone can be at their best, every day. A workplace where everyone can be their true self, feel valued and understood for who they are and what makes them unique.

As a mark of our progress we were named as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women in 2018 and again in 2019. In addition to this, we have won various awards, including IChemE Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Employer of the year and a Business in the Community (BITC) Game Changer award. Manchester and London Pride parades are now established dates in the Costain calendar, and we are proud to be a Stonewall diversity champion. We are a member of Working Families, an early signatory to the BITC Race Charter and a Disability Confident Committed employer.

Costain value that everyone is different and by being different, our people can bring their own valuable contribution to the business. Creating an inclusive culture makes us more able to recruit, retain and progress a diverse workforce, increasing employee engagement and experiencing higher levels of wellbeing.

Our employee benefits

We're dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits. As well as a competitive salary, our employees enjoy a comprehensive core benefits package which includes:

  • Group Pension Plan, to help you save for the future
  • Employee Assistance Programme, to help employees and their families balance the pressures of work and home life
  • Incentive payments to recognise high-performance
  • Life assurance, to help protect your loved ones financially
  • Funded membership to a professional Institute
  • Private healthcare and dental packages
  • Salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership, to keep you as fit and as healthy as you can be
  • Volunteering days, so you can give back to your local community
  • Save as You Earn (SAYE) scheme, that lets you save towards buying shares in Costain

Costain, and the Armed Forces

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

Right to Work & Security Checks

Understandably given the nature of our business, everyone who is employed at Costain must undergo thorough referencing checks. We will need different information depending on the job we have offered you. For all roles, we'll carry out a criminal record check and we'll ask to see evidence that you have the legal right to work in the UK. You may be required to obtain and maintain security clearance of at least Security Check level (or SC clearance). To satisfy the requirements, you will need to have been a legal UK resident for a minimum of 5 years and have successfully complete all stages of the vetting process.

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