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Project Controls Lead

Job ID 6652064 Date posted 01/05/2018
Location:Toledo, OH
Country:United States
Job Code:2623
Position Type:Salary

About Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota. Additionally, we operate an iron ore mining complex in Western Australia. By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency. For more information, visit

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The Project Controls Lead is responsible for executing all project controls processes and developing systems in support of the IronUnits LLC (Toledo HBI Operations) controls function. This role interfaces with the project team to define scope of work, need for change to budgets and schedules, and identification of variances from the original plan. Additional responsibilities include working closely with contractors to ensure established requisitions, contracts and agreed requirements are met.

Summary of PrincipalFunctions:

  • Completely performs all aspects of project control activities with overlying objective to ensure project is completed on-time and on budget.
  • Provide direction, guidance and oversight to project contractors regarding project controls activities and processes.
  • Effectively and consistently communicate to leadership areas of concern related to cost controls, change orders, and contractor cooperation throughout project.
  • Develop variance analysis models that are easily interpreted by non-financial team members.
  • May be required to develop databases, systems and processes in support of the project controls function.
  • Collects, interprets, validates, and inputs data into the project control tracker and provides output to the project team.
  • Work closely with project director andcontrollerto develop the controls structure, Ellipse/Hyperion set-up, and provide cost analysis and control during the engineering, pre-construction, construction and commissioning activities.
  • Develop and maintain positive, cooperative, team oriented relationships with co-workers, managers, clients, contractors, and others in contact with the job.
  • Ensures continuity of all contracts and purchase orders.
  • Review and provide analysis of engineering, vendor and contractor’s resource budgets and forecasts. Coordinate with project team on all cost control activities.
  • Deliver reporting/ progress measurement per contract and internal requirements. Provide schedule and financial visibility to the project team.
  • Assists in managing and maximizing project cost savings.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance, or may consider a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with strong financial acumen.


  • 1-5 years of related experience
  • Industrial/petrochemical processing experience desired
  • Exceptional analytical skills and the ability to perform ad hoc project data analysis to effectively evaluate project performance, diagnose project issues and use of recovery tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to interface with and relate complex concepts/issues with all levels
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and effectively manage multiple/changing priorities.
  • Proficiency in financial databases and software.

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork- Insures Leader Standard work practices in work area are well understood and direct reports work together to carry the specific tasks out. Participates on teams as a leader or team member. Demonstrates cooperation with all departments during planning sessions and provides resources to other areas when needed.
  • Integrity- Is known for honesty with team and management. Follows through answering questions and requests. Does not dodge or ignore issues. Acts on outstanding and poor performance. Does not "walk by" uncomfortable situations.
  • Trust, Respect, and Open Communications- Treats fellow employees and subordinates with respect; willing to actively listen to others. Follows through on your promises, or explains when cannot do so. Does not ignore problems, is clear in expectations. Seeks honest input subordinates, allows decision making authority whenever possible, and explains to others the basis for decisions affecting them.
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically-Takes time to step back and look at big picture before taking action. Develops 1-year plans to produce results. Able to simplify issues and implement a plan to address.
  • Change and Adaptability-Strives for continuous improvements in processes. Constantly challenges current thinking regarding people and processes and recommends changes to improve. Treats change as an opportunity for learning and growth.


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