1+ months

Project Assurance Specialist 

National Grid
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
About us

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

National Grid is hiring a Project Assurance Specialist for our  Program Assurance and Controls department in Waltham, MA.

Job Purpose

The Project Assurance Specialist will plan and deliver a range of Program Assurance activities for National Grid’s portfolio of critical programs and projects. This will include preparing Program Assurance strategies, conducting portfolio assessments (e.g. Pulse Checks), project and/or program reviews (e.g. Health Checks), stage-gate assessments, and/or targeted risk assessments.

Key Accountabilities
  • Assist and support the Director of Program Assurance (US) with the development of program assurance strategies and plans for National Grid’s most critical programs and projects.
  • Conduct activities associated with portfolio, program, and project assurance reviews; including stage-gate assessments
  • Identify project/program risks and recommend solutions or remediation actions to program leaders and business sponsors
  • Review and analyze project/program work products and deliverables against leading practices or industry standard methodologies, e.g. PMI/PMBOK
  • Interview project/program team members and stakeholders
  • Document, report and present key findings, risks, and recommendations to project and/or program leaders, Sponsors, or program level boards or steering committees
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with program leaders and business sponsors within the organization
  • Stay abreast of and share knowledge on leading practices and industry standards related to portfolio, program and project management
  • Travel 5% - 10% within the US; primarily Northeast (e.g. New York), occasionally to UK.  This may vary, depending on the locations of programs and/or projects beings assessed. 


  • Bachelor's degree preferred, in Business Administration, Computer Sciences or related areas
  • 10+ years of relevant project or program management experience, Big 4 experience preferable or industry experience
  • MBA or CPA, ACCA, ACA, CMA, CISA or other appropriate professional qualification(s) preferred
  • Project management education, training, and/or certification highly desirable, e.g. Project Management Institute (PMI) or PRINCE 2 certification 
  • Strong practical knowledge and understanding of project and program management methodologies, systems and tools.  Solid experience managing large programs or projects in both traditional waterfall and agile environments
  • Experience and/or significant familiarization with gas, electric, transmission, generation operations a plus  
  • Strong presentation and writing skills, as this role will present to senior leaders
  • Valid driver’s license required with a safe driving history that meets National Grid’s Safe Driver policy


More Information

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.


Posted: 2019-09-16 Expires: 2019-10-31

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