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Senior Cost Controller

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Job ID: R0010672
Date Posted: Jul 19, 2022
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail STS Australia Pty Ltd
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of turnkey rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, operation, service and maintenance, digital technology and turnkey with a presence in 38 countries, across 11 manufacturing sites on three continents and over 12,000 employees. Hitachi Rail is headquartered in London, UK and is ultimately wholly owned by Hitachi Ltd.  Our engineering heritage and culture is rooted in Japan, where our first steam and electric locomotives were built in the early 1920s. We continue to deliver the most current Shinkansen for Japan’s railways, and have successfully exported our technology and expertise to multiple rolling stock projects across the globe - from high speed, tram and metro, to driverless technologies for passengers and freight. 

In recent times, our global footprint outside of Japan has been established primarily on organic expansion in the UK. Recent acquisitions in Italy and beyond have cemented our digital growth, which has diversified revenue and added capability in signalling and turnkey in particular. We are ambitious and continue to seek to expand into new key geographies and to deliver new solutions. Drawing on the wider Hitachi Group’s market-leading technology capabilities and R&D, we strive for industry leading innovations able to deliver value for customers and help build sustainable railway systems which benefit wider society. We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from seasoned Project Controllers with experience in Project Management, Rail and Engineering to be based in Brisbane.

The purpose of the role is to carry out project controlling activities ensuring the provision of support to Project Managers and Planner with accountabilities including but not limited to the following:

  • Analysis of under/over on TOC projects and reporting.
  • Preparing various monthly reports including the project overall whole of life.
  • Worked in a cost plus environment and managing the forecasts accordingly.
  • Reporting of control budgets, forecasts and cost commitments.
  • Managing workload hours and costs for internal and external resources.
  • Maintenance of the project cost controls system.
  • Timely preparation of project cost and progress reports with analytical performed on major discrepancies.
  • Assist with the timely and accurate allocation of budgets to project documentation.
  • Manage the cost controlling team to re-forecasting and estimating activities to complete project cost forecasts (trending).
  • Assist with the entry and administration of data into the project controls software system.
  • Tediously manage multiple deadlines and ability to multi task.
  • Monitor and report monthly on the main project KPIs including but not limited to costs, revenue, invoicing cash in/out.
  • Analysis earned value with project team.
  • Updating the project cash flow forecast.


  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting / Finance 
  • Desirable CPA/CA

Skills & Experience:

5+ years of working experience with expertise in the following:

  • Must have prior experience working within an Alliance contract.
  • SAP.
  • Advanced MS Excel skills.
  • Project Planning & Monitoring highly desirable – Primavera P6.
  • Project Financial Controller.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in the Rail Infrastructure/Transportation industry will be highly desirable. 
  • Preferable experience in an engineering firm.
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