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Date: Jul 21, 2021

Location: Jackson, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities.  Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.


General Summary


Responsible for project financial performance for extensive complex projects and less complex but critical projects.  Relies on experience and judgement to develop forecasts, maintain budgets, and support project managers and project teams through preparation and analysis of Project financials. Strong technical accounting, forecasting and project management skills required as position will manage multiple projects and multiple project managers simultaneously.  




  • Cost engineering responsibility for projects within the River Hydros area of the business.  This portfolio consists of upgrade projects that demand a high level of organization and collaboration to achieve financial predictability, one of the most critical objectives of a cost engineer.
  • Support project management through preparation and analysis of actuals, accruals, change log and forecasts.
  • Updating of project forecast to reflect most accurate/current cost and estimate information.  Includes forecasting project expenditures utilizing trend analysis and expert judgement, identifying potential cost overruns or underruns in a timely manner, assisting with risk management planning and change control, etc. 
  • Interface with other organizations to provide cost/budget data for items such as subcontract change requests, new work item estimates, and expenditure control.
  • Ensure that corporate cost control and estimating standards are implemented and that all project related activities comply.
  • The selected candidate must possess exceptional communication, analytical, cost controls techniques and technical knowledge of construction projects, risk and contingency reporting, SAP, Excel and PC skills. 
  • Perform non-routine cost analysis assignments and relies on extensive experience and judgment to accomplish goals.


Required Qualifications


  • 6+ years of applied cost engineer­ing or equivalent working experience in Finance or Project Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Accounting, Construction Management or Business; or equivalent combination of training and/or related experience.
  • Certifications from AACE or PMI (must be obtained within 3 years of entering the job family) 


Preferred Skills


  • Demonstrated experience forecasting and applying resource monitoring and control techniques.
  • Detail Oriented with a demonstrated ability to identify cause and effect.
  • Data Analysis with a proven ability to model multiple scenarios.
  • Decision making/problem solving skills.


The location for this position is flexible


Essential Functions


  • Cost engineering support of one or more projects that varies in size and complexity.
  • Duties and reporting relationships will fluctuate between projects.
  • Individual possesses the skills to lead, problem solve, and work well in a team environment. 
  • Individuals should exemplify safe work practices and follow the Company’s compliance standards. 
  • Lead and/or assist with project estimate and financial justification; develop annual and project level budgets; plan and support the contracting strategies and payment; coordinate and direct cost engineering activities and identify project related risks in support of contingency management.
  • Provide project controls support services with accuracy, integrating all applicable governmental laws, Company policies, industry standards and department processes/procedures and ensuring contractor compliance so that projects complete safely, meeting quality expectations and business case deliverables.
  • Computer based systems will be used to assist project estimating, cost monitoring, risk assessment, planning and scheduling work, maintaining progress, reporting and archiving.
  • Understand technical specifications and other design documents and related material and utilize the information appropriately. 
  • Utilize effective oral and written communication skills to provide technical expertise to coworkers, clients, customers, government entities and the public. 
  • Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders.
  • Attend internal and external meetings. 
  • Provide all project controls services in a legal and ethical manner.
  • Resolve all customer complaints in a timely manner. 
  • May sometimes require the review of operating and construction sites to monitor progress per design documents.


Hours and Travel


  • This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical), working primarily in an office setting, either remotely or from the assigned company work location.
  • Travel may be required to job sites and project meetings, as deemed necessary in order to perform essential duties. 
  • Individual needs to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines.
  • Individuals must have a valid driver’s license.


Physical Requirements 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for periods of up to and beyond eight hours in all kinds of weather; snow, mud, dirt water, ice, etc. 
  • The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.
  • The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to fifty pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job:


  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The noise level on the construction site is often loud.
All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Nearest Major Market: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor

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