Cost Controller

VNL, Canada
Mar 31, 2021
Apr 15, 2021
Full Time
Who We Are

Welcome to Vale in Canada. As a leader in the mining industry, our responsibility is to positively impact our people, communities and the environment. We value our workforce and offer continuous training and career development opportunities for our people.

Vale is a global leader in the production of iron ore and one of the largest producers of nickel. Active in Canada for over 100 years, Vale employs nearly 6,000 people across our corporate office in Toronto and sites in Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador. Applying the latest technologies to sustainably produce nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, gold and silver is at the heart of what we do.

With our global headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and approximately 125,000 employees in over 30 countries, Vale is constantly growing and changing. We invite you to be part of our evolution.

Our open-pit mine and concentrator in Voisey’s Bay - Vale’s only fly-in/fly-out operation in Canada - produces nickel-cobalt-copper concentrate and copper concentrate. An underground expansion will see a transition to a leading edge underground mine by the end of 2020 extending the life of the mine until 2034. Our state-of the-art facility in Long Harbour is the first nickel processing plant in the world to use hydrometallurgy technology to produce Plating RoundsTM from hard rock (sulphide) concentrate, with low carbon footprint compared to traditional smelter technology. Our offices in St. John’s and Goose Bay provide support to the Newfoundland and Labrador Operations.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Cost Controller to join our VBME Project Team. This is a project term position based in the St. John’s, NL Project Office/home office.

The Cost Controller will have the responsibility for providing cost control and financial control support for the Voisey's Bay Mine Expansion Project. The incumbent will be responsible for analyzing and forecasting project costs, as well as developing, preparing and collecting cost data for monthly progress reports and overall status reports to the management team for review.
  • Responsible for the cost control support for the project;
  • Responsible for overall financial control support for the project;
  • Creating and managing detailed project information related to contractual scope and cost for submittal to the project management team;
  • Reporting project cost and schedule status to management team for internal reviews, as well as analyzing cost variances and recommending corrective actions for the project;
  • Support the team on ensuring the application of the Project Change Management procedures;
  • Liaise with contract managers to ensure project approval hierarchy is respected in the execution of contracts and approval of project invoices;
  • Responsible for budget management, providing budget updates and project cost flow. Prepare forecasts, cost trend reports and monitor cost and budget forecasts;
  • Create/update cost flow models for packages of responsibility and integrate into planning and contracts departments;
  • Liase with management team to ensure all project tasks are identified and resource needs are properly estimated for the project;
  • Preparing or assisting in the development and implementation of contract baseline budgets and schedules;
  • Supporting the Scheduler/Planner with the set up and allocation of project budget according to the Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) at the appropriate WBS levels for project tasks;
  • Reviewing project scope change and change order requests for proper justification, cost impacts, and adequate budget and funding;
  • Reviewing contractor, vendor, and consultant invoices;
  • Ensuring that relevant cost management procedures and reporting requirements are incorporated where appropriate on invitations to tender;
  • Working in coordination with contract administrators on contract budgets, progress payments, valuations of contract variations and compensation events, as well as contract financial close-out;
  • Support the managing, the planning and coordination of all activities required to complete the project;
  • Ensure Vale’s policies on Budget and Cost Control are being respected and implemented during the execution of the project;
  • Review project accounting information and set up the required transfers between Vale's business units;
  • Support the management team on ensuring project’s adherence to the approved budget.

About You
  • Education:
    • Undergraduate Degree in Engineering, Accounting or Business.
    • One of CA, PMP, P.Eng., CGA, CMA, or CPA designations are preferred.
  • Experience: Minimum 4-6 years of cost control experience, preferably in a project environment on heavy industrial or mining projects.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent knowledge of engineering controls, cost control, project accounting and project reporting.
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention detail; highly organized individual.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment, effective communicator, problem solving skills. Ability to work both independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Highly motivated and self-starter.
  • Continuous improvement approach to getting things done and a track record of improving things.
  • Knowledge of procurement/contracts, construction management, scheduling and document control.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel included familiarity and comfort with managing multi source data with pivot tables.
  • Prism G2 experience considered an asset.
  • Ability to deal effectively and professionally with all staff levels within the office.

Difference Makes All the Difference

At Vale, we are committed to ensuring an inclusive work environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. Vale encourages everyone to express their ideas and opinions and Vale values the plurality of individual profiles. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or any other personal consideration that makes us different.

Vale is an equal opportunity employer seeking to increase diversity across our operations and improve equal opportunity at Vale and in the mining industry.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application online at or by forwarding their application to their Vale Aboriginal Employment Coordinator.

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, April 14 th , 2021