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Project Cost Engineer

RES currently has an Project Cost Engineer position located at our wind and solar projects across the USA.


Analysis of budget including tracking of cost to date and forecasting of cost to complete for utility scale wind, solar, battery storage or transmission project.  This is a site-based role, typically located in remote locations that can be subject to extremes of weather and temperature, and requires living away from home. 

Specific Duties:

  • Consistently reinforces that safety is critical, ensuring that all employees follow safe practices while working.
  • Manages project budget from commencement of project with emphasis on gathering and coding accurate project costs to date.
  • Performs forecasting of cost to complete.
  • Oversees daily construction production quantities, labor, equipment and material.
  • Ensures that all costs are correctly coded and allocated against corresponding budget items.
  • Manage on site field purchasing
  • Monitors and understands project spending in relation to the budget.
  • Develops and tracks costs for contract scope change orders.
  • Works closely with Project Controls Specialist to update project EAC and management reporting.
  • Directs, guides and coaches Project Engineer and Construction Manager to ensure activities are tracked and comply with budget and schedule.
  • Communicates variances and changes to the Project Manager, project controls specialist and senior management.
  • Provides explanation of variances and early warning of potential variances, to Project Manager, project controls specialist and senior management.
  • Provides feedback to Project Manager, senior management, and project services group to support continuous improvement.
  • Communicates via: in-person conversations, email interactions, site reports, meetings and teleconferences as needed.
  • Reviews and performs first approval function for all invoices submitted on the project.
  • Requires working outside on the active construction site performing audits and verification of data, gathering other data, performing safety inspections, and other similar supervisory-level activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Advanced level of knowledge in:

  • Construction
  • Budget preparation, tracking, and earned value analysis
  • Construction accounting principles and practices
  • Excel
  • Interpersonal and communication skills  
  • Planning and task direction 
  • Project management 
  • Contract management
  • Managing a fast paced environment
  • Managing in a stressful environment
  • Budget analysis and controlUse of work orders, activity codes, and other similar cost coding/tracking protocols
  • Quality principlesVendor and materials management
  • Leadership   
  • Reading construction drawings and specifications, including ability to take off quantities
  • Team building
  • Interpretation of scopes of work
  • Estimating work efforts 
  • Presentation skills   Reporting  


  • Bachelor’s degree or minimum of eight years of relevant experience.
  • Must have two to four years of relevant experience.Available for occasional travel to the corporate office.

Physical requirements and environment:

The work environment and physical demands characteristics are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Construction site environment includes early stage permitting, development and auditing through finished roads and features.  Extensive travel with driving to remote sites along with office work in field conditions is also included.

We maintain a drug-free workplace. Candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug test as a condition of employment. 

RES Americas is proud to be an EEO employer.

Posted: 09/03/2016

Location: USA

Contract Type:Full-Time

Type of Role: Construction

Reference Number: 7173 - Project Cost Engineer