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AECOM Program Controls Manager in Chicago, Illinois

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Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Program Controls Manager to support our Water Business Line program management efforts in Chicago, Illinois.

In this role you will provide leadership to a Program Controls team within a large, complex water program with multi-billion dollars capital improvements. You will lead the team developing the budget and schedule of the Capital Improvement Plan as well as the cost management of the Program Management Office (PMO). You will be directing the team developing and maintaining the master schedule and acquiring, disbursing, tracking and reporting on the usage of funds. You will be preparing various program reports for the client delivery.

You will be responsible for managing, controlling, forecasting and reporting cost and schedule performance for projects throughout the organization. Services include setting up and managing project controls systems (including setup of work breakdown structure), capturing to-date progress and expenditure data, analyzing to-date performance data, forecasting at-completion performance data (EAC costs, hours), analyzing project risks (contingency management), managing change and incorporating scope variations into schedule and cost deliverables, and preparing associated reports.

Responsibilities and Competencies may include but are not limited to:

  • Assist Program Manager (PgM) in developing and managing program control delivery responsibilities; active collaboration with other program task leadership; and establishes and maintains client relationships.

  • Responsible to lead and manage sub-task managers in delivering program services including capital cost; program services cost; loan and grant funding; scheduling; and program progress/performance reporting.

  • Continually identify strategic program improvements in resources (staff capacity and skills); change management; standardized work processes; and technical tools and innovations. 

  • Continuously monitor program performance metrics achievements including client satisfaction with fulfillment of agreed scope of services, and overall financial performance of contract to budgets and plans.

  • Establish task-level key performance indicators, monitor performance against those indicators, and advise operational management on proposed corrective actions where issues within the task execution occur. 

  • Develop a delegation strategy by maintaining functional task teams to deliver the respective program services.  

  • Lead appropriate technology adoption, innovation and quality of task deliverables.

  • Overseeing and coordinating the resolution of issues and actions. 

Review task-level functions at set stage gates, conduct root cause analyses; and providing approval or corrective action. 

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead the project controls function on a large/complex project.

  • Possesses proven knowledge of scope control and change management.

  • Oversees the production and maintenance of accurate project schedules. Expert understanding of schedule resource loading and leveling.

  • Expertise in scheduling, critical path analysis, resource loading and leveling.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in using Project Management Information Systems and other applied technologies; ability in reviewing and assessing raw data that comes from project automated systems; and maximizing the resources to deliver Program Controls Manager responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education, including 2 years of leadership

Preferred Qualifications

  • 20 years or more of relevant large program controls experience

  • 5 years of more of experience in managing other project controls professionals

  • 5 years of project management experience

  • Relevant project management certifications

Additional Information

  • Exempt Position: Offered rate of compensation in Illinois will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $145,000 - $200,000.

  • AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absences, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10101819

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Program & Project Management

Work Location Model: On-Site