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Project Control Specialist
  • Job ID #: 996
  • Functional Area: Accounting/Finance
  • Position Type: Regular-Status Full-Time
  • Experience Required: 3 - 5 Years
  • Location: Multiple
  • Department: Accounting and Finance
  • Education Required: Bachelors Degree
  • Relocation Provided:


Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength.

We are searching for a Project Control Specialist to assist in planning, budgeting, and reporting all phases of projects, manage and monitor day-to-day financial operations of a project, and support other staff responsible for preparing cost proposals and budgets.

Responsibilities:

  • With supervision, develops financial reports using actual cost information, forecasted spend per project schedules, and estimated final costs against approved contract funding
  • Participates in the communications regarding project controls and project finances throughout all phases of a project including, assisting in the development of project baseline budgets, maintainingproject schedules, analyzing project risks, and providing analytical support to senior project leadership
  • Revises project budgets and schedules for each task of a project, involving extensive use of Excel and/or MS Project, and provides insight to risks and opportunities
  • Monitors project progress by comparing actual versus baseline resource usage, analyzes project variances, and forecasts anticipated expenditures
  • Prepares project financial reports for monthly internal project review process, providing an analysis of the project’s financial condition
  • Assists project leadership in preparing client progress reports
  • Tracks spending and reports expenditures from project funds with limits
  • Assists in the development of standard procedures and automated tools to support budgeting and project management
  • Coordinates with personnel outside of MPR, such as suppliers, consultants, prime contractors, subcontractors, and contract officers regarding project related activities
  • May train staff on project financial management and budgeting tools, policies, and procedures
  • May revise monthly estimates of staffing requirements
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed

Position Requirements:

  • An advanced degree in engineering, business or related field, or a Bachelor's Degree with equivalent relevant experience
  • Three to five years of experience in project controls and preparing cost reports, preferably in a federal contracting environment
  • Experience working with one or more of the following federal agencies preferred: Department of Health & Human Services (CMS, SAMHSA, AHRQ, ASPE, HRSA, etc.), Department of Education, Departmentof Labor, Social Security Administration, and Department of Agriculture (FNS)
  • Experience with MS Office suite, especially Excel and Project
  • Familiarity with Deltek CostPoint, Budget & Planning, and COBRA preferred
  • Understanding of accounting and project controls concepts
  • Understanding of project management processes and the PMBOK
  • Accuracy with work, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with others
  • Flexibility to handle multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadline pressure
  • Ability to work independently for long periods of time
  • Willingness to work overtime as needed
  • Willingness to travel to other locations as necessary

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project.  If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite clearance.

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.