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Capital Project Analyst (Australia)

Melbourne, Australia

Position type:
Reports to:
Office Director
Date posted:
January 29, 2021
Closing date:
February 26, 2021


Are you passionate about what makes complex capital projects really tick – are you curious how the business and projects worlds combine to deliver future assets? Do you love making connections and solving puzzles or problems? Are you that rare combination of detailed and focused, yet you have broad interests and ideas? Do you enjoy analytical research work while also being comfortable client-facing?


Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA) has an opening in our Australian office for a Capital Project Analyst. The role is one with potential to become a consultant and trusted advisor in your specialisation in Industry.

IPA’s client portfolio includes world-leading companies in both the heavy and light industries around the world. IPA has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore; as such, major industry leaders globally rely on us to assess the health of their capital project systems and provide recommendations to improve their performance. We examine cost, schedule, and asset quality, with a strong focus on risk management activities to drive project success. The IPA project databases are unique and the most comprehensive sources of capital project experience in existence. IPA also takes a leading role in empirical research into the drivers of better projects and project systems, using our extensive databases of past project performance.

IPA Australia seeks candidates for the Project Analyst position with strong analytical skills and intellectual curiosity who are looking to contribute as a thought leader. The candidate’s interest in studying the factors that determine success in complex, technologically advanced projects and organisations is critical. Aptitude for and demonstrated skills to be a successful consultant include your ability to connect real life with the data and vice versa, to know when to ask more questions and when to just listen, and to back yourself as you learn and thrive (on repeat).


Responsibilities of the Capital Project Analyst role include client-interfacing work to collect and analyse project technical data, writing reports with insight and a customer-focus, delivering verbal (including virtual delivery) feedback and public presentations, and working directly with capital project teams and project organisations to improve business competitiveness. Responsibilities also include the ability to conduct research on the drivers of project success and failure using statistics and the projects database.

Capital Project Analysts must have excellent written and oral communication skills and display the interpersonal skills needed to develop and maintain relationships at senior levels with client companies. The position requires solid analytical skills and the ability to analyse and understand various levels of metrics in the assessment of a project’s overall status. Flexibility is on offer and a lifestyle of travelling extensively is part of the deal (or adapting fast to virtual platforms while they last!). Travel is primarily within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, although it may extend to the U.S., and is primarily on weekdays.

A minimum of 8 years working experience in related roles or sectors is required for the Capital Project Analyst position (finance and IT analysts need not apply).


IPA is the preeminent global benchmarking and consultancy for capital projects. IPA guides capital-intensive organisations to establish the right combination of people, work process, and governance to maximise cost, schedule, safety, and operability performance. We have a dataset of nearly 21,000 capital projects as the basis of our work. Our clients are leading companies in the process, extractive, and technology sectors who conduct capital projects in the petroleum, minerals, infrastructure, chemicals, and renewables. IPA is committed to social and ethical responsibility and all global offices initiate or participate in local charity initiatives to support those in need.


Applicants should complete the form below and include a cover letter (only applications with a cover letter will be considered), resume, and salary requirement. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, stable employment, and a long-term career path for professional growth and development.

To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.


Interested in joining the IPA team? Apply now!
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