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NREL Project Controller in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Project Controller



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center (SEAC) has an opening for a full-time Project Controller. The prime responsibility of this role is to provide specialized project support to research staff. The emphasis of this role is on project administration, planning, coordination, tracking, and reporting.

As part of the Industrial Engines and Fuels Group, you will work under the general supervision and guidance of project leaders and more senior-level staff to support planning, coordinating, implementing, and assessing project activities according to project objectives and deadlines, while assisting to keep project milestones/deliverables on time and within budget. The team will rely on you to provide detailed analysis and periodic reports on project status.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Subcontracts (SOW development, execution, accruals, approving invoices, tracking and meeting deliverables), task planning, budgeting, documentation management, and regular client reporting. Regular project meetings and task coordination to keep milestones, deliverables and budget on track. Documenting cost share required reporting (review presentations, S&C reports, milestones, and internal reporting).

Job Duties Might Include:

  • Supporting the project team with project management activities: create schedules, monitor progress against deliverables, track costs against plans and manage budgets

  • Completing regular assessments of project progress and finances and update plans when indicated

  • Researching, assembling and evaluating information/data and develop solutions to issues

  • Contributing to and preparing reports, presentations, and group communications to internal and external stakeholders

  • Planning, organizing, and executing project activities such as webinars, client meetings, workshops, and conferences

  • Preparing project documentation including budget tracking and reporting

  • Assisting in the preparation of project management documentation

  • Supporting the development of proposals by coordinating with PIs, developing draft materials, compiling, uploading materials, etc.

  • Managing and coordinating subcontracts and procurement procedures and serving as technical monitor when needed.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of related experience Masters Degree.


Additional Qualifications

General knowledge and application of technical standards, principles, theories and techniques. Frequent application of industry concepts and principles. General knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Skilled in problem solving, written and verbal communication. Ability to use various computer software programs.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency and experience using Microsoft Excel and the Microsoft Office Suite and other computer software programs needed to effectively track and manage a project

  • Knowledge and application of project management principles and practices

  • Problem-solving skills related to project challenges

  • Strong oral and written communications skills

  • Ability to prepare professional communications that are appropriate for internal and external stakeholders

  • Ability to understand NREL financial systems (EPP, NQuIRE, iProcurement, etc) to gather and interpret data

  • Detail-oriented

  • Experience in project management within finance, marketing, and business processes

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with team members and project leaders

  • Desire to continually develop project management skills, including learning how to use and apply new project management tools or using existing tools to meet project management needs.

  • Strong interest in learning about technical and institutional aspects of projects in portfolio

  • Experience as an analyst of data, metrics, program impact

  • Skills to administer project sites, such as SharePoint

  • Thrives in a fast paced, innovative environment

  • Initiates projects, works unsupervised, completes tasks independently, solves roadblocks, and does whatever it takes to drive results

  • Excellent prioritization and ability to manage multiple assignments

  • Strong problem-solving, time management, and self-organization skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution, and collaboration skills

  • Knowledge of national laboratory structures and processes is preferred


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