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Great River Energy Project Cost Specialist in Maple Grove, Minnesota

Project Cost Specialist

Application due date: July 26, 2024

Location: Maple Grove, MN (Eligible for hybrid schedule)

Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. without restriction. Visa sponsorship is not available.

We are the people we power. As Minnesota’s not-for-profit electric cooperative, our member-owners and their members impact every decision we make. Because their needs are our needs, and their dreams are our dreams.


Responsible for the initial development of estimated project cost and estimate updates through the project lifecycle and to develop cost risk mitigation action plans to correct negative trends in the schedule.

Total Rewards:

A typical starting range for this position is $73,000 - $86,000 + annually . We offer market competitive base pay and adjust our offer accordingly based upon the value of the candidate’s knowledge, skills and experience. In addition, our Total Rewards strategy focuses on recognizing individual performance and rewarding business results. Our robust Total Rewards package includes exceptional benefits and retirement, a focus on continuous engagement, recognition, personal and professional development, and an emphasis on work-life effectiveness.

Responsibilities: Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate with project managers to prepare, develop, maintain, and evaluate project costs for transmission and substation projects.

  • Prepare the initial project cost estimate based on historical costs and unit cost estimate, inclusive of capital labor, material, and equipment costs, retirement costs, and contingency funding for project manager’s review.

  • Assist in developing the project budget, forecast, and cash flow analysis.

  • Prepare and assess cost analysis reports (CARs) for necessary projects to support project manager’s financial decisions.

  • Review project expenditures and commitments for accuracy and forecasting.

  • Maintain the project estimating tools for transmission’s use in the latest estimating information.

  • Ensure phase-based estimate phase and cost accounts are appropriately portioned and updated.

  • Develop and maintain historical project cost information.

  • Advocate and support the development of "best practice" project controls methodology and continuous improvement.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field AND 1-3 years of experience with project scheduling and cost controls along with financial analysis experience.


  • Two-year degree in business or related field AND 3-5 years of experience with project scheduling and cost controls along with financial analysis experience.

  • Must have or be able to quickly gain proficiency in Primavera P6 software and Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Knowledge of project scheduling software, preferably Primavera, as applied to transmission & substation project planning, design and construction standard utility practice.

  • Knowledge of cost risk mitigation techniques.

  • Ability to perform critical path analysis of project schedules and propose changes to keep projects on track.

  • Ability to build and maintain effective work relationships, both internal and external, and establish credibility with business partners.

  • Ability to independently plan, organize, prioritize time and workload in order to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to self-motivate, working independently and as part of a team.

    Apply: Qualified candidates please apply at (under the Careers tab) by July 26, 2024 . GRE values diversity, equity and inclusion and we are an equal employment opportunity employer.

Position Project Cost SpecialistLocation US:MN:Maple Grove | Project Management | Full-TimeReq ID null