Senior Planner

Rate: Dependent on experience

Industry: Nuclear

Job Type: Contract

Location: South East

Reference: 27193sb

Expiration date: 24 July 2017

We are assisting a leading engineering & project management contractor that specialises in the delivery of projects in highly regulated industries that include defence, oil & gas, nuclear and research.

An assignment is available for a Senior Planner to work on a large nuclear project based in Oxfordshire.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The Project Planner is the 'organiser' of a project or projects. The Planner sets out, monitors, maintains and updates the project plan/programme in coordination with all stakeholders of the project. The Planner provides information to the Project Management and Design Management teams on project progress to both critical path and project milestones. The Planner works closely with the Project Services team in monitoring programme KPI's e.g. Earned Value.

Key responsibilities as a Senior Project Planner:
• Draft programmes in conjunction with the Project team for approval by the Project Manager
• Discuss & agree resources and timescales with the Project Manager
• Ensure all activities within the Project scope of work are included in programmes
• Issue programmes of work in accordance with Document Control system
• Gather information from design team, subcontractors, client for progress reporting purposes
• Responsible for updating the project plan throughout the project lifetime
• Maintain cause and effect records in liaison with the Project Manager
• Regularly update the project resource plan and discuss peaks and troughs with the Project Manager
• Manage progress reporting against the programme
• Pursue sub-contractors programmes & ensure alignment with those of the project
• Operate change control in line with the Project contract requirements
• Recommend delivery and sequencing strategies to the Project Manager based on project knowledge
• Recommend internal Project Control Process Improvements and undertake quality checks
• Provide client performance data and reports as required

Position of the Senior Project Planner within the organisation:
• Reporting to the Planning Manager
• Interacting with senior stakeholder and client contacts
• Working with a multi-disciplined project team

Person Specification:
• Preferably degree qualified in technical/engineering or project management discipline
• PC literate in Microsoft Office suite
• Knowledge of using Project Planning software (Primavera) is required
• SC level security clearance is preferred though not essential
• Demonstrable competence gained in a planning/scheduling role
• Ideally, a depth of experience will have been gained within a construction industry incorporating at least either civil, electrical or mechanical engineering disciplines
• Experience of working within a project delivery environment is essential
• Full knowledge of the Project Lifecycle is essential
• Demonstrate a calm and methodical approach to working to deadlines
• Excellent organisation mindset. Has ability and confidence in organising many intangibles concurrently
• Ideally will have cost control experience
• Thorough, analytical, seeks detail in areas of conflict/disagreement or uncertainty
• Provide guidance and support to less senior Planners
• Needs little direction from the Project Manager
• Proactively seeks out information from the Project team and other stakeholders to inform the programme
• Good communication skills. Need to clearly explain to many different stakeholder using facts and detail
• Enjoys dealing with several different task, people, objectives at the same time

Essential Experience : 
• Minimum HND or equivalent level of qualification is required
• Knowledge of using Project Planning software (Primavera) is required
• Full knowledge of the Project Lifecycle is essential
• Demonstrable competence gained in a planning/scheduling role