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Project Cost Controller - 12 Month Contract

Scatec Solar

Scatec Solar

Accounting & Finance
South Africa
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Project Cost Controller - 12 Month Contract

Job Locations ZA-Cape Town
Job ID
Location : City
Cape Town
Location : Country (Full Name)
South Africa


Want to join a frontrunner in renewable energy that is actively seeking early entry into new markets globally? Since the establishment in 2007, Scatec has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in developing, building, and operating solar, wind and hydro power plants and storage solutions. Driven by our company values and competent global workforce, we aim to deliver competitive and sustainable renewable energy globally; protect our environment and improve quality of life through innovative integration of technology; and create shareholder value. We are present on four continents and are headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

Main purpose of the position

Currently we are looking for a Project Cost Controller in Cape Town, South Africa to be part of our global team working together towards our vision – Improving our future. This is a highly visible, challenging, hands-on, dynamic and wide-ranging role covering activities. As our Project Cost controller solar projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, you will execute activities such as business partnering with non-finance teams to add value to the construction segment, driving strategy and profitability across the different projects.

Main responsibilities

  • Responsibility for all cost-controlling related activities on the projects in SSA
  • Create a fully developed detailed project budget together with the Project Manager (PM) and procurement
  • Collaborate with Project Manager, procurement, and engineering to develop and maintain the project cost forecast on an ongoing basis.
  • Work closely with the PM to generate all required project status reports for the project team and internal management.
  • Maintain project cash flows monitoring both the forecasted cash flows and actual cash flows of the project.
  • Execute delta analysis of actual projects costs vs budget on an ongoing basis bringing to the Project Managers attention any deviations and or variations to the budget.
  • Manage the risks and opportunities portfolio for the project together with the Project Manager (PM) and maintain the risk register.
  • Evaluate the financial impact on the project margin of changes and variations in Scope of Work.
  • Conduct Monthly Project close-out performing financial analysis and reporting on all key figures of the projects in scope (revenue, cost of sale and gross margin).
  • Verify the accuracy of project actual internal costs – salaries, travel expenses and booking of time in line with the budget.
  • Adhere to the contractual milestone payment plan and check documents/activities required for payment.
  • Collaborate with the business controlling team to improve the project cost controlling process, leading certain sub-processes in line with experience.

Qualifications and competencies

  • University degree in Finance, Business or equivalent
  • 3+ years experience in Project Control within a Finance environment, preferably from an international environment
  • 3+ years Renewable Energy or Large Infrastructure Projects experience
  • Ability to consolidate data from several sources for presentation, being able to efficiently process and evaluate large data volumes and propose actions based on findings
  • Master Microsoft suite and Business intelligence tools
  • Overall curiosity and ability to contribute to finance areas such as Tax, Treasury, Accounting, Financial reporting and systems, Asset Management and other internal stakeholders
  • Fluent in both written and spoken English and French/ Arabic
  • Maintain close communication and collaboration with local accounting services provider.

Personal characteristics

It is part of every employee’s terms of reference to contribute to Scatec's vision: Improving our Future and adhere to our company values which are:

  • Predictable: demonstrate clear communication and listening skills, shares information in an open and honest way
  • Driving results: demonstrate determination, pro-activeness, can prioritize and work independently
  • Changemaker: demonstrate entrepreneurship, can challenge, fast learner, take initiates and adjust
  • Working together: demonstrate teamwork, shares responsibilities, can compromise, has a can-do attitude

For this particular role we also expect

  • Ability to build strong networks and collaborate efficiently with functions outside of finance
  • Provide support the project team in making sound business decisions
  • Quick learner with strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Additional information:

  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced and deadline driven environment
  • Must be able to work extended hours when required

We offer

Scatec is an exciting, innovative, and ambitious company operating in a growing industry. We offer a challenging and interesting position where you will be part of a flexible, diverse, and truly international working environment consisting of highly competent and committed colleagues with a positive drive to make a difference.

Scatec is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by appropriate law. All hiring decisions are made based on merit, competence, and business need.

Applications will be processed on a continuous basis.


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