Project Controls and Portfolio Specialist

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Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience, In order to fulfil the duties of this role, the successful candidate will be required to wear respiratory protective equipment. Candidate must successfully pass a fit test and be physically able to wear a respirator.


NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. Through our commitment to Responsible Care®, we take pride in our focus on safety and sustainability.


The Project Control / Portfolio Specialist provides Cost Reporting, Cost Control, Planning/Scheduling and Portfolio processes, systems and resources for the Geismar plant capital project portfolio of sustaining projects. The key deliverables extend into three areas:


Project Cost and Schedule

Collaborate with Project Managers, Project Team members & Leadership to ensure prescribed project controls and reporting deliverables are maintained to meet the project and department needs, including:

  • Establish schedules, plans, estimates and resource profiles in SAP according to priority and portfolio considerations to meet business needs.
  • Recast stage project estimates into control budgets to enable effective cost management.
  • Quantify and record cost and cash flow data for the projects.
  • Development, validation and progressing of project schedules using Primavera and SAP.
  • Apply trending systems to document and manage changes to project scope, schedule, budgets, and forecasts.
  • Apply cost reporting and cost control processes.
  • Resource and schedule planning for a portfolio of projects

Portfolio Management

Management of new project ideas, active and closed projects for the site, this would include preparing for project governance steps, providing QA feedback to PM’s, reporting against the site / PM portfolios. Owner of SharePoint sites and other associated data.

Analyze project / portfolio data and work with individual contributors, project teams, leadership, and Decision Boards to understand schedule and resource constraints, and lead making scheduling and resourcing decisions. Specifically:

  • Provide cost and schedule analysis (conflicts, gaps, constraints) for a portfolio of projects as well as initiate any recovery planning.
  • Interface with the Capital Portfolio Coordinator to provide accurate and timely standard inputs to enable analysis of the overall capital program.
  • Use advanced problem solving tools and techniques, and balance multiple considerations (e.g. economic, operating, maintenance, technical) in solving problems that impact project success and/or capital portfolio management.
  • Extract, track, report, and apply KPI's (Key Performance Indicators) relating to project performance & portfolio management to improve results.
  • Coordinate internal and external project performance benchmarking activities.


System and Business Process Improvements

  • Coach, assist and provide mentorship to Project Managers, Project Team members, Leaders in the fundamentals of planning, scheduling & resourcing within the portfolio.
  • Play a key role in promoting, developing and implementing project controls \ portfolio procedures and systems.
  • Create & maintain project controls \ portfolio processes, practices and procedures.
  • Apply and coach best practice application on all aspects of project controls / portfolio.
  • Lead efforts to improve the effectiveness and consistency of internal project practices, procedures, tools and systems.
  • Provide training on project controls / portfolio tools, processes and procedures.
  • Participate in a business wide discipline network to develop common tools and methodologies for project controls / portfolio to ensure the consistency and accuracy of reports.







The successful candidate will have an Engineering Degree with five or more years related project experience and the ability to attain the Certified Cost Engineer designation (AACE). Other combinations of experience and education that will be considered include an Engineering Technology Diploma with 10+ years of project experience demonstrating increasing responsibility and certification as a Certified Cost Professional (AACE) or a Financial Degree with 5+ years related project experience and certification with AACE. The successful candidate will also have:

  • Strong knowledge of project management concepts, terminology and methodologies with extensive experience in implementing project control / portfolio systems.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with the ability to train and mentor staff
  • Demonstrated senior skills on scheduling tools and processes.
  • Experience in implementing scheduling tools and processes across a portfolio is strongly desired
  • A working knowledge of engineering and construction work processes and practices.
  • Advanced computer skills and knowledge of spreadsheets and project management software.
  • SAP and Primavera experience with the ability to exploit the capabilities of the SAP PS module is highly desirable.
  • Strong inter-personal communication and planning skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Self-motivated and demonstrated strong team and people skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate at all levels of the organization.


  • Experience in an EPC environment would be an asset.



About Us:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Located just south of Baton Rouge and employing more than 120 people, the olefins facility in Geismar, Louisiana, annually produces approximately 1.95 billion pounds of ethylene and 114 million pounds of polymer grade propylene. It also produces 13 million gallons of crude butadiene and 14 million gallons of Debutanized Aromatic Concentrate per year.



NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package. 


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