Graduate Opportunity

Graduate - Project Controls

Romney Marsh, Kent.

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This is an exciting Project Controls Graduate opportunity working for our EDF Framework, Sizewell, Suffolk.  This is an entry level role that prepares you for progression to specified Project Control roles, providing support to specific project control tasks and delivery of work.

Meeting The UK's National Needs

All about Costain

Costain supports EDF Energy Generation to maximise the lifespan of its eight UK nuclear power stations and prepare for defuelling and decommissioning. Costain's role is to provide project controls and commercial managed services to portfolios and programmes of work across EDF's UK nuclear power stations. As part of this work Costain will develop people capability in core project control skills and provide specialist support to EDF’s Central Technical Organisation to improve project performance and deliver cost efficiencies.

About Costain

Costain helps to improve people’s lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK’s energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Our vision is to be the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

Key Responsibilities

As a Project Controls Graduate you will work under supervision across various areas delivering work including;


Provide low level planning and scheduling for projects, allowing experience of the following areas to be developed;

  • EDF Energy planning / scheduling procedures
  • Project Scheduling
  • 'S' Curves and tabulations, Hours / Resource histograms
  • Monthly progress reports and current physical progress reports
  • Analysis of schedule trends and produce forecasts of schedule performance
  • Methods used to measure progress and productivity
  • The impact of resource constraints on schedule achievement

Cost Management

Provide cost management support for projects under the supervision, allowing experience of the following areas to be developed;

  • Reviewing hours spent against budget, including productivity and rate analysis
  • Reviewing material requisitions against budget specifications
  • Analysing cost and hour trends
  • Issuing documents and transmittals
  • Document numbering and the processes involved in issuing documents and drawings
  • Cost analysis and the impact of change
  • Project control and EV
  • The use of SAP in projects

Estimating & Risk

Provide cost estimating support, producing estimates for projects under supervision, allowing experience of the following areas to be developed;

  • Estimating software
  • Engineering service and construction estimates
  • Estimate summaries and basis of estimates
  • Event risk analysis
  • Estimating classification
  • Event risk analysis

Engineering (Operation or Project) 

Allowing exposure and understanding of the following areas to be developed; 

  • Preparing Requisitions
  • Planning and control of Engineering deliverables
  • Design Reviews, Plot Plan Reviews and Constructability Reviews
  • System engineering
  • Technical reviews (HAZOP, SIL, Hazardous Area Classification or similar reviews)
  • Engineering investigations
  • Exception reports for supplier data
  • Project Close-Out Reports

Site support and construction

Allowing exposure and understanding of the following areas to be developed;

  • Contractual arrangements
  • Health, safety and environmental management
  • Contractors work methodology, plant, labour, supervision etc, and the controls used to manage safety and quality
  • Day to day co-ordination of site works
  • Management of quality control and the implementation of quality systems on site
  • Control and distribution of design documents at site and the resolution of engineering queries
  • Details planning of site works, monitoring progress on site and the identification and resolution of issues affecting progress
  • Control and management of materials on site

Knowledge and Skills

  • Evidence of potential project controls capability, aptitude to combine both technical and commercial office with site project delivery
  • An understanding of the need for Safety and Quality within a project environment
  • Good logical reasoning and numeracy skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and tenacity


  • Basic P6 knowledge Primavera – P102
  • Basic SAP knowledge
  • Must have knowledge in the use of packages such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint and ideally developed knowledge of Excel

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • Romney Marsh, Kent
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