Nov 20, 2020

Project Cost Controller Requisition Number: PROJE01511 Portsmouth, NH, USA

  • Sprague Operating Resources LLC
  • Portsmouth, NH, USA
Full-Time Defense Finance Oil and Gas Other Program Management QA-Quality Control

Job Description


Do you have experience in project controls in the energy, utility or construction industry? The Project Cost Controller provides a full range of cost analysis and control functions for the Engineering group within Sprague Operations.  Sprague Engineering is responsible for maintenance and growth CapEx projects principally initiated by Operations. This role is responsible for the quality, timeliness and integrity of project cost data, including cost tracking, reporting, and invoice coding. The incumbent will also work with project managers to determine project cost tracking requirements, and then develop, implement and maintain procedures, systems and tools to meet specific project cost control objectives.


We want to hear from you!


Do you like to solve problems and consider yourself forward thinking? If you are looking for a place where you can learn a lot about the energy industry while constantly challenging yourself, then Sprague is your place. Sprague employees are dedicated and driven, and we constantly strive to be the best in the industry. We work best as a team, knowing that collaboration leads to innovation and the best customer experience. As a company that has continued to evolve with the energy industry for the last 150 years, we are looking for hardworking employees to join us as we remain at the forefront of the industry.


  • Track, Analyze and Report: project budgets, commitments, value of work done, actuals, forecasts, variances and project change management on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Assist project managers with the development and approval of capital allocation requests for maintenance and expansion capital expenditures.
  • Collect, review and assess project cost commitment and expenditure information across multiple projects to ensure accuracy and consistency for input into the company’s control model.
  • Liaison with project team members and other departments to review and analyze cost data. Ensure accuracy and consistency of data for the purpose of project cost tracking and forecasting.
  • Evaluate existing cost control methods. Make recommendations for improving procedures, systems and tools. Implement improvements as appropriate.
  • Deploy a project cost-tracking system and develop customized management reports in accordance with the company’s cost control requirements.
  • Produce regular cost reports and advise management of any forecast cost overruns as soon as possible to facilitate corrective actions in a timely manner.
  • Review and advise on proper coding of all project invoices, proactively work to resolve discrepancies.
  • Maintain project cost control systems and tools including electronic project files.
  • Support special projects as required.


Qualified candidates for this role will have the following:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Finance, Construction Management or related field is preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience as a cost controller/analyst in a construction or engineering environment within the marine terminal industry or similar field in the energy, utility or construction sectors.
  • Requires a broad technical knowledge of project controls.
  • Capable user of Microsoft office suite with advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel. Proficiency in financial management applications such as JD Edwards preferred.
  • Preferred candidate should be a self-starter, persistent, team player, detail oriented, process driver and require minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work under tight monthly financial reporting deadlines.
  • Effective communication skills – listening, verbal and written.
  • Responsible and accountable, working to high integrity and performance standards.
  • Less than 10% travel is anticipated.


Sprague takes a collaborative, customer-centric approach to providing best-in-class energy products and related services throughout the Northeast. As a publicly-traded company (NYSE:SRLP) founded in 1870, we pride ourselves on offering customers the expert solutions and high-quality service that help their businesses thrive in any market landscape. Sprague values innovation, safety, integrity and people. We know that our people are what set us apart from our competition, and we work hard to make sure each employee across our 20+ locations knows how important they are to our community.


What we offer:


We recently surveyed our employees to ask them their favorite part of the job. Unanimously, they answered, "The people I work with." You are part of a team and a family at Sprague, and everyone works together to ensure both the success of the company and of the individual.


In addition to great coworkers, you’ll enjoy perks like medical benefits and retirement contributions that start on your first day.  Sprague also provides tuition reimbursement for any employee that would like to further their education.  Do you like to get involved where you work?  Is giving back important to you? It’s important to us, too! Sprague donates back to the communities in which we live and work every year, and provides opportunities for employees to support the charity of the week. In addition, Sprague offers paid volunteer time to allow employees to support charities which are meaningful to them. Sprague has a range of committees to support varying initiatives (Sustainability, Charitable, Scholarship, FunForce, etc…). Sprague is a place that cares about its employees, its community, and about creating a place where people want to come to work every day.


Plus we have some great benefits!


  • 401(k) Traditional and Roth plans with employer match of 60% of first 6% of the employee’s contribution
  • Defined Contribution Plan with an automatic 5% contribution from Sprague
  • Paid Volunteer Time
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Choice of high deductible and PPO Health Plans to fit your individual needs
  • Wellness Program


Come join us to learn why we are consistently celebrating 20-, 30-, and even 40-year anniversaries here at Sprague!


Sprague is an EEO/AA employer.  We strongly encourages minorities, females, Vets and individuals with disabilities to apply.


As a federal contractor we adhere to OFCCP employment regulations. Click here for OFCCP compliance information


Cost Estimating,   Project Management  



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