The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is an international effort to build the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy at very-high energies with more 118 telescopes located in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. About 200 research institutions from 31 countries conceived CTA and are involved in designing and prototyping.
The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) with its Project Office in Bologna (Italy) is responsible for the construction and operation of the two CTA observatory sites, one in the Northern hemisphere on La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) and one in the Southern hemisphere in Chile, as well as the Science Data Management Centre in Berlin-Zeuthen (Germany). CTA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive instrument for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy with the detailed design and preparation well underway. It will be built with a significant amount of in-kind contributions from participating institutions.
For its Project Office in Bologna (Italy), the CTAO is seeking a skilled Project Controller. Working closely with the CTA Project Manager, the Project Office staff and the distributed in-kind contribution teams to provide overall project control, including collecting and processing planning, schedule and financial information, progress measurement and project reporting. The Project Controller is responsible for delivering and maintaining the integrated project schedule across the CTA construction project, monitor progress and generate progress reports. The role requires close liaison with engineering, scientific and administrative staff at the CTAO headquarter in Bologna (Italy), the contributing institutions in Europe, Asia and North America and the CTA hosting organizations on the Canary Islands (Spain), in Chile and Berlin (Germany).
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Establish project control baselines i.e. for cost and schedule
- Establish, monitor and update a set of detailed project schedules for all areas of the CTA construction project using standard coding and work breakdown structures and information from in-kind contribution teams
- Set up needed systems and tools
- Work closely with CTAO staff and in-kind contributors to obtain necessary schedule information
- Using schedule information and cost estimates, establish the required funding profile and cash flow requirements for the realization of the CTA construction project
- Perform schedule control by determining critical path analysis, planned value, earned value, schedule variance and recommend corrective actions as required
- Report to the CTA Project Manager on schedule condition, delivery status, etc.
- Initiate and prepare periodic project reports
CTA Project Manager
Qualification and Experience:
CTAO seeks an experienced project controller with a track record in internationally distributed projects, ideally in the science field. Applicants should have:
- Qualification to university degree level, or equivalent expertise
- A demonstrated ability to create, maintain, analyse and report on integrated schedules for medium to large complex projects
- A proven record and demonstrated ability to develop, roll out, maintain, and generate reports in medium to large complex projects
- Knowledge of international project management principles, practices and standards
- Demonstrated experience and proficiency using project management tools and computer-based project systems
- The ability to work effectively in an international, multi-cultural and complex project environment
- Good teamwork skills including the ability to integrate in a large team
- Good oral and written communication skills, allowing to effectively communicate within the CTAO and with project participants
- Excellent command of the English language; additional knowledge of Spanish and/or other European languages would be an advantage
- Experience in project control in a research or scientific environment will be considered an advantage
Remuneration and Contract:
CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary.
The contract is an open term contract subject to successful completion of the probation period.
CTAO Project Office in Bologna, Italy, with some travel to CTA telescope and participants sites.
Applications with full CV and a cover letter in English should be sent to email@example.com, indicating position reference “CTA Project Controller” and the names of three referees with contact details.
By submitting applications candidates acknowledge we might contact referees at any stage of the process without prior notice.
CTA is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit www.cta-observatory.org, or contact CTA Project Manager Dr. Wolfgang Wild, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: 30 June 2019