NREL Project Controller in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Project Controller



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

NREL's Buildings and Thermal Systems Center has an opening for a full-time Project Controller. The prime responsibility of this role is to provide specialized project support to research staff. The emphasis of this role is on project administration, planning, coordination, tracking, and reporting.

The Project Controller will work under the general supervision and guidance of project leaders and more senior-level staff to support planning, coordinating, implementing, and assessing project activities according to project objectives and deadlines, while assisting to keep project milestones/deliverables on time and within budget. Emphasis is on detailed analysis and reporting on project status.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Subcontracts (execution, accruals, approving invoices, tracking and meeting deliverables), task planning, budgeting, and personnel assignments. Regular project meetings and task coordination to keep milestones and deliverables on track. Documenting cost share Required reporting (review presentations, S&C reports, milestones, and internal reporting) Shepherding publications (coordinating peer reviews, coordinating copy edits, pub-hub-related tasks, etc).

Job Duties Might Include:

  • Support the project team with project management activities: create schedules, monitor progress against deliverables, track costs against plans and manage budgets.

  • Complete regular assessments of project progress and finances and update plans when indicated

  • Research, assemble and evaluate information/data and develop solutions to issues.

  • Contribute to and prepare reports, presentations, and group communications to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Support planning, organizing, and executing project activities such as webinars, client meetings, workshops, and conferences.

  • Prepare project documentation including budget tracking and reporting.

  • Assist in preparing project management documentation

  • Support development of proposals such as FOA responses by coordinating with PIs, developing draft materials, compiling, uploading materials, etc.

  • Assist with subcontracting and procurement procedures.

Desired Qualifications

  • Proficient and experienced at using Microsoft Excel and the Microsoft Office Suite and other computer software programs needed to effectively track and manage a project.

  • Knowledge and application of project management principles and practices

  • Skilled in problem solving related to project challenges.

  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communications skills.

  • Ability to prepare professional communications that are appropriate for internal and external stakeholders.

  • Ability to understand NREL financial systems to gather and interpret data.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience. General knowledge and application of technical standards, principles, theories and techniques. Frequent application of industry concepts and principles. General knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Skilled in problem solving, written and verbal communication. Ability to use various computer software programs.


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with team members and project leaders.

  • Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution, and teaming skills.

  • Highly detailed-orientated and thorough.

  • Desire to continually develop project management skills, including learning how to use and apply new project management tools or using existing tools to meet project management needs.

  • Skills to administer project sites, such as SharePoint.

  • Strong interest in learning about technical and institutional aspects of projects in portfolio.


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