Project Management & Controls

Project Managers are the people who have the responsibility of delivering projects safely, on schedule and on budget.


Project Managers are the people who have the responsibility of delivering projects safely, on schedule and on budget. They lead an integrated project team of professionals in the design, construction, commissioning or decommissioning of some of the most challenging projects in the most challenging environments in industry.

Project Controls make a vital contribution to the successful completion of any project and provides the “eyes and ears” of good project delivery. Project Control is about the intelligent use of lifecycle data to support delivery and adds value by looking ahead, identifying potential issues and providing practical options and informed analysis to support decision making and influence the future of programmes and projects.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

Whether you are embarking on a career in Project Management or Project Controls it is vital to understand the other profession, therefore whilst on the scheme graduates undertake 6 monthly placements in both Project Management and Project Controls. On the scheme, graduates typically take the role of supporting the Project Manager or Project Controls Manager; whilst working in these roles the graduate is given hands on responsibility and accountability for delivering work in a real world situation on a live project.

Progression possibilities:

Within both Project Management and Project Controls there is a lot of scope for progression throughout your career. Project Management has a well-defined career path which details the steps you need to undertake in order to progress to the next stage in your career and potentially become a Project Manager managing their own multi million pound project.

Similarly with Project Controls the individual will be aligned to a discipline (planning/cost engineering) to specialise in. As they progress through their career they could potentially become senior within that discipline or progress to become a Project Controls Manager.

Both professions align to the Association for Project Managers (APM) as the professional chartered body.

There are many opportunities for further training in the various aspects of project delivery through the Project Academy for Sellafield, both on the scheme and beyond.


Sellafield, West Cumbria. 

Suitable degree disciplines:

A Bachelors/Masters degree in Project Management is preferred, although other degrees will be considered if the applicant has shown a keen interest in Project Management or Project Controls and pursued this through further training, education or work experience.


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