The Walt Disney Company Project Controls Estimator (PH) in Glendale, California

"We create happiness.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen!

Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of Disney’s Parks and Resorts business segment. Representing more than 150 disciplines, its talented corps of Imagineers are responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships and new media technology projects.

Provide scheduling expertise to all WDI project teams and functional disciplines. Develop comprehensive implementation strategies and incorporate deliverables into project schedules. Prepare project life cycle and master schedules. Integrate all schedules (design disciplines, vendors, production and construction) and provide a comprehensive project perspective. Monitor, evaluate risks and present recovery/mitigation plans to support turnover/opening schedule. Perform earned value analysis when needed. Provide progress reports and management presentations, as appropriate.Job Description

Responsibilities : Under minimal supervision, will perform the following general duties and estimating/cost control duties:

  • Develop and implements the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

  • Anticipate key indicators and proactively develops management and control reports to communicate

  • Develop and analyzes mitigations for variances to plan

  • Read and interpret design drawings

  • With project team, develop project strategies, risk mitigations, and recovery/acceleration plans

  • Develop project scoping documents, basis of estimate /schedule, strategy, and risk documents

  • Manage the implementation of Earned Value (EV) system and analyzes implications of performance against EV

  • Prepare contract documents for bid packages for Project Controls including controls and reporting specifications, milestones, and budgets

  • Contribute knowledge to team to training and lessons learned

  • Manage interns and staff as required

  • Provide input or recommendations for casting decisions, as requested by senior leadership, including participating in the interviewing process

  • Ability to supervise, mentor, and train Associate and Staff Project Controls Specialists

  • Ability to direct outside consultants Project Controls staff

  • Routine day to day decision making authority on Project Controls issues with moderate impacts to project delivery plan (and through consultation with Project Management). For complex items or items with a significant commercial, staffing, or schedule impact, works with principal, lead, or functional leaders in decision making.

  • Participate in performance assessment and feedback

Estimating / Cost Control

  • Develop independent estimates for sitework, infrastructure, area development, facilities, shows and rides, interior and themed finishes, and design

  • Perform drawing quantity take offs and estimates unit rates using historical and standard rates while adjusting for site and project specific factors

  • Develop fair price estimates for bids and complex project changes

  • Provide project team with cost guidance during all phases of the project

  • Participate in the negotiation of project change orders

  • Evaluate specifications, drawings, pre-bid meetings, and other project factors to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate

  • Develop total EFC through analysis, experience, and considering input from project teams, suppliers, and subcontractors for complex and large projects (i.e. E-ticket attraction, hotel, land)

  • Develop "what-if" cost estimates and analysis

  • Adjust historical and trend data to incorporate site and project specific factors to validate estimates and cost forecasts

  • Implement highly effective cost control tools and reports and provides insightful analysis that contributes to cost certainty

  • Identify and assesses project risk and contingency determinations

Frequent communication, reporting, and interactions with project and studio team members including vendors and outside consultants on complex topics. Fosters collaboration across various stakeholders to develop integrated and fully supported Project Controls plans, strategies, mitigations, and forecasts. Contributes in project leadership meetings and serves a trusted source of information and reliable analysis to project and studio leadership. Able to summarize communications for management or executive presentations.

Basic Qualifications :

  • Minimum five years cost control with estimating experience

  • Experience in estimation working on Theme, Entertainment, Museum or Theatrical projects

  • Ability to supervise staff, consultants, and suppliers including setting goals, prioritization of tasks, coordinating work, and managing time

  • Knowledge of different types of contracting and procurement agreements and the impacts on Project Controls

  • Strong meeting leadership, facilitation, and alignment skills

  • Basic conflict resolution skills

  • Strong communication, collaboration, technical writing, and interpersonal skills

  • Strong knowledge of design, manufacturing, and/or construction

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Comfortable and efficient with complexity

  • Strong understanding of earned value progress and commodity measurement and related analysis

  • Risk identification and management

  • Negotiation skills

Estimating / Cost Control

  • Ability to normalize or condition bids and cost estimates for fair comparison

  • Ability to understand indirect impacts on cost and find cost gaps

  • Minimum five years in engineering/manufacturing/construction (non-residential) or six years major theatrical production experience

  • Minimum one year supervisory experience

  • Themed entertainment experience preferred

Required Education :

4 year undergraduate degree, preferably in a technical field such as engineering, architecture, construction management, or equivalent work experience in planning or estimating

Preferred Education :

Discipline related professional certification or industry relevant continuing education desirable

Job ID: 481973BR

Location: Glendale,California

Job Posting Company: Disney Parks & Resorts