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Senior Cost Controller

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Job ID: R0034569
Date Posted: Nov 2, 2023
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Profession (Job Category): Finance
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Hitachi Rail is looking for an enthusiastic self-motivated Senior Cost Controller who thrives in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate is comfortable performing a wide range of tasks from administrative to strategic. The position is based in Brisbane, Australia.

Who We Are

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology, and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 14,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions.

About the Position

The Senior Cost Controller is responsible for performing cost control functions and implementing and maintaining associated systems and processes. The role will provide budget allocation, cost forecasting, cashflow forecasting, cost review and variance analysis and cost reporting across the program, providing advice and guidance to the delivery teams.

The Senior Cost Controller will engage with Project Management, Planning and Scheduling, Delivery, Commercial and Finance teams, and in turn will work with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.


  • Ensure project monitoring, analysis and change control is applied throughout the project using best practice techniques.

  • Undertake cost risk analysis, prepare budget allocations, prepare cost forecasts, cashflow forecasts and managing workload analysis.

  • Managing the forecast in a cost-plus environment.

  • Analysis of data to establish the variances in initial estimates and final project costs, identify trends, risks, and mitigation.

  • Participate in reviews of tender pricing schedules, contractor forecasts, payment claims and variation claims; and make suitable recommendations.

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a similar role

  • Experience of planning and financial control in a complex project environment

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and stakeholder management skills.

  • Advanced MS Excel, SAP, and Primavera P6 skills.

  • Ideally CPA / CA qualified.

  • Knowledge of Rail / Transportation / Engineering sectors highly desirable. 

At Hitachi Rail, we know that a diverse business is a sustainable business. Working collaboratively with a range of internal networks, we’re continuously improving our policies and products. From accessible, sustainable design to achieving a better gender balance. We base these efforts on our core values: Harmony, Sincerity, and Pioneering spirit. And by aligning with these, we’re able to create a workplace where people not only feel comfortable but are given opportunities to thrive.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

What we offer:

  • Be part of a Global Company that offers a great work life balance.

  • Many opportunities to progress your career with training and development available.

  • Salary Continuance Insurance

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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