Job Post 16102 – Project Analyst / Business Analyst

About TD Thornton Group

TD Thornton Group is a proven and trusted boutique consulting firm providing an innovative approach to management consulting. We are looking for enthusiastic, high-energy people with a passion for consulting and the project management discipline who want to make an impact in this growing industry. Our employees enjoy the opportunity to work for Fortune 500 clients and alongside many of the top consulting firms in the world. TD Thornton Group provides a fast-paced, start-up environment where creativity, ambition, and excellence are encouraged and rewarded.

Job Description

  • Job Title:  Project Controls Analyst / Business Analyst
  • Location:  San Jose or San Ramon, CA
  • Job Post ID: 16102

** Ideal candidates will have project management related experience in the construction and engineering industry. The assignment involves large capital and infrastructure projects for an electric utility client. **

The Analyst is responsible for controlling the scope, cost and schedule of capital projects. Under general direction, the Analyst exercises judgment and is responsible for all aspects of project governance. Projects typically have a multi-year duration and some may have a high profile within the community or local/state news agencies. The position requires skills in managing cross-functional, multi-location project teams using cutting edge project management methodologies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and Organize
    • Input financial forecast data and provide analysis using Enterprise Software including SAP, Microsoft and Oracle Primavera P6
    • Create and maintain project plans — define activities, work breakdown structures, predecessors, successors, resources and baselines
    • Support project manager in preparation of business cases, contingency releases and manage project budgets with established project governance rules
  • Analyze
    • Analyze and report on variances for project cost and schedule
    • Create and maintain complex Excel spreadsheets for reporting and analysis
    • Measure the progress of activities and milestones in project plans and other progress tracking tools
    • Provide direct support to the project management team and perform ad hoc analysis
  • Execute
    • Execute and administer contracts, process change orders, and post gross receipts
    • Produce deliverables as directed by team leadership in alignment with each engagement’s Statement of Work.
  • Communicate
    • Report to both project manager and analyst supervisor – prepare and present timely and actionable updates
    • Report to stakeholders – ensure all applicable cross-functional personnel are informed using meeting minutes, action logs, risk registers, milestone attainment reports and status reports
  • Manage Risk
    • Support team leadership in identifying, resolving, and tracking risks and issues
    • Escalate risks and issues in order to find ways to keep projects on schedule and on budget
  • Facilitate
    • Facilitate focused and cross-functional meetings
    • Draft and communicate meeting minutes, decisions and action items
    • Follow up on team member accountability to action items
    • Notify leadership of appropriate change control


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required.

  • At least 4-8 years work experience as an analyst, preferably in the project or program management discipline
  • Requires at least a Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting, engineering, construction management or similar field
  • Strong Communications Skills:
    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety guidelines, permits, contacts, procedure manuals, job aids and technical reports
    • Ability to write routine reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, work plans, procedures and presentations
    • Ability to speak effectively to customers, independent contractors, project stakeholders and senior management within the client’s organization
  • Ability to promote safety and security procedures, determine appropriate action beyond guidelines and report potentially unsafe conditions
  • Ability to apply strong interpersonal, political and management skills in order to take accountability for AND drive successful completion of project deliverables from both internal and external project team members
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize requests and work independently
  • Ability to self-teach when necessary
  • Ability to break down complex business information and apply rational planning for sound business decisions
  • Excellent time management, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong commitment to quality, attention to detail and proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Software Tool Proficiency:
    • MS Office Applications (especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint and Visio) is essential
    • Enterprise resource financial software (such as SAP, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle) is essential
    • Scheduling software (such as MS Project and Oracle Primavera P6) is desired
  • Experience with utility company or union environment is desired
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is desired

Candidates must be able to attend in-person interviews at the position location at their own expense – No Skype interviews.

“US Citizens and those authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply.  We are unable to sponsor Visa’s at this time.”



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