Mission Support and Test Services, LLC

Principal Project Controls Specialist

Posted Date 1 month ago(11/7/2023 3:43 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Project Controls
Location : City
North Las Vegas
Location : State/Province (Full Name)


Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS) manages and operates the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).  Our MISSION is to help ensure the security of the United States and its allies by providing high-hazard experimentation and incident response capabilities through operations, engineering, education, field, and integration services and by acting as environmental stewards to the Site’s Cold War legacy.  Our VISION is to be the user site of choice for large-scale, high-hazard, national security experimentation, with premier facilities and capabilities below ground, on the ground, and in the air. (See NNSS.gov for our unique capabilities.) Our 2,750+ professional, craft, and support employees are called upon to innovate, collaborate, and deliver on some of the more difficult nuclear security challenges facing the world today.  In this environment, the best ideas need to be voiced and every opinion matters.  As such, MSTS places great value on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is committed to a diverse and equitable workforce, with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, and perspectives.

  • MSTS offers our full-time employees highly competitive salaries and benefits packages including medical, dental, and vision; both a pension and a 401k; paid time off and 96 hours of paid holidays; relocation (if located more than 75 miles from work location); tuition assistance and reimbursement; and more.  
  • MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and HII Nuclear Inc.


MSTS is seeking a Principal Project Controls Specialist to support multiple projects at the Device Assembly Facility (DAF) complex. The DAF infrastructure projects will enable the successful mission of the NNSS. This Project Controls Specialist position will help plan future DAF projects, then monitor them through execution in support of the integrated project team.


Key Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities will include both cost and schedule support as part of a centralized Project Controls organization.
  • Support the development and execution of project and functional planning.
  • Develop, maintain, and monitor performance baselines, including the change control process.
  • May assist Project Managers in the management of specific projects, including acting as Project Manager in the PM’s absence.
  • Mentor and train junior-level Project Controls Specialists.
  • Develop and maintain Primavera P6 schedules to include full loading of resource requirements and integration with the Cobra performance-reporting database.
  • Ensure Earned Value Management process compliance.
  • Contribute to project estimate development and incorporation into the P6 schedule.
  • Learn functionality of new or updated project controls system.
  • Create and monitor use of project charge numbers.
  • Work with project manager to develop and process baseline change requests (BCRs).
  • Allocate and monitor project funding.
  • Work with Control Account Managers to develop variance analysis and track corrective actions.
  • Work with subject matter experts (SMEs) and project stakeholders to document scope.
  • Participate in project surveillances and audits.
  • Develop P6 schedule activities using scope defined in the project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
  • Perform Critical Path and Float analyses and report results to project management.
  • Monitor remaining project scope and needed resources to develop accurate Estimate to Complete.
  • Conduct project management briefings and prepare reports to reflect program/project status, cost and schedule trends, funding, and project uncertainties.
  • Manage time and set priorities to successfully complete project deliverables.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering, Math or Business-related field and at least 8 years of professional level experience or equivalent training and experience.
  • Preferred knowledge in the following areas:  data analytics, budgeting, forecasting, scheduling, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, inquiry skills, innovation, collaboration, communication, and adaptability.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word), Deltek Cobra (or similar system), Primavera P6 (or similar system), and Oracle ERP (or similar system).
  • Advanced MS Excel skills desired.
  • Ability to manipulate large amounts of data with minimal errors.
  • Communication and organization skills, and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Must be detail-oriented.
  • Proficiency in the following processes and tool sets:
    • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) development.
    • Work Authorization process.
    • Primavera P6 schedule development and execution process.
    • Develop and maintain Primavera P6 schedules to include full loading of resource requirements and integration with the Cobra performance-reporting database.
    • Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques.
    • Estimating processes and techniques.
    • Application System processes.
    • Opening and closing of charge numbers in the accounting system.
    • Change Control process, including client supporting data.
    • Baseline development, control, and reporting.
    • Funds application process and control.
    • Supporting the Variance Analysis process.
    • Requirements definition.
    • Develop WBS, and Dictionary based on requirements.
    • Support internal/external reviews and validations.
    • Extrapolate a schedule from the WBS.
    • Use the schedule to support a complete Critical Path/Float analysis.
    • Convert Estimates to Budgets in support of planning process.
    • Develop Estimates to Complete.
    • Conducting project management briefings and prepare reports to reflect program/project status, cost and schedule trends, funding, and project uncertainties.
    • Facilitating the management team in all phases of the program life-cycle: initiation, planning, control, and closure.
    • Ability to handle multiple fiscal-related tasks and both difficult and challenging financial analysis situations while handling multiple tasks and setting priorities.
  • Accept work at multiple sites – (1) the Losee Road facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada, and (2) the NNSS (Nevada National Security Site) located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Work schedule for this position will be 4/10’s, Monday – Thursday (subject to change).
  • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

MSTS is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants offered employment with MSTS are also subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. In addition, Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship, at least 18 years of age. Reference DOE Order 472.2, “Personnel Security”. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.


Department of Energy Q Clearance (position will be cleared to this level). Reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR Part 707.4, “Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites,” will be conducted.  Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation, required to participate in subsequent reinvestigations, and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Successful completion of a counterintelligence evaluation, which may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, may also be required. Reference 10 CFR Part 709, “Counterintelligence Evaluation Program.”


MSTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. MSTS is a background screening, drug-free workplace.


Annual salary range for this position is: $94,972.80 - $144,851.20.

Starting salary is determined based on the position market value, the individual candidate education and experience and internal equity. 


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