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Planning Engineer

  • Location: Warrington
  • Salary: £45 - £50 per hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted about 1 month ago

  • Sector: Nuclear
  • Contact: Daniel Wolstenholme
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 01942 323277
  • Start Date: ASAP (security clearance depending)
  • Expiry Date: 13 June 2021
  • Job Ref: 1035990
Our client, an industry leading nuclear contractor, are currently recruiting for a Planning Engineer to support new works out of their office in Warrington. 

Job Purpose:
At this level a Planning Engineer (PMO Scheduling Specialist) is responsible for applying schedule management independently primarily in complex situations across P3M. Preparing and maintaining integrated schedules of project and/or programme activities and events, taking into account of dependencies and resource requirement.

Key Responsibilities:
Top 5 Major Tasks and Activities:
  • Develop/implement and maintain the Project structures (WBS/OBS/RBS/CBS)
  • Develop/baseline and maintain the Project integrated schedule. (Level 1-3)
  • Ensure alignment between the integrated scheduling toolset and the companies financial and material demand toolset. This includes alignment of any Level 4/5 schedules.
  • Regular status update of the integrated schedule and the provision of metrics (eg critical path/total float) and schedule analysis of the impact to the project.
  • Resource/cost loaded schedules to inform the IBP and also to provide financial status of the project
Additional Key Accountabilities:
  • Provision of schedule risk analysis updates on a monthly basis and to inform the baseline
  • Inclusion of key milestones and status against these
  • Critical path analysis of the integrated schedule on a regular basis
  • Correctly record project progress in the schedule), reschedule to take effect of the progress data and communicate the results to the project team and advise of any appropriate corrective action.
  • Understand and report on project using Earned Value Analysis techniques and interpret/communicate the results and any corrective action to the project team.
  • Establishing and leading on Interactive Planning workshops
  • Leading on Rolling Wave (lookahead) meetings
  • Ensuring that the schedule is cost loaded in line with the Baseline budgets
  • Ensuring that the schedule is updated with forecast dates and Estimates at Completion (EAC’s)
  • What-if scenarios
  • Support to commercial change process, impact assessments and execute change control process as appropriate
  • Inclusion of key supplier and subcontract schedules
  • Lead on alignment of schedule to project change register.
  • Attending and contributing the business Scheduling Community of Practise
Key Outputs / Deliverables: Business Unit:
  • Project Cardinal Date Plan
  • Level 3 Integrated Baseline Schedule
  • Schedule Risk Analysis
  • Schedule variance reporting/analysis
  • Critical Path reporting/Analysis
  • Toolset alignment reports
  • Resource Profiles
  • EVM Data
  • Archived Schedules
  • Scheduling maturity model
  • PM Controls Framework

Company/Industry Knowledge:
  • Extensive recent and relevant experience in a similar environment / business sector
  • Extensive experience applying schedule management in a complex environment
  • Awareness of various contracting methodologies (e.g. FIDIC/NEC3/JCT etc…)
  • Advanced knowledge of scheduling toolsets e.g. Primavera/MSP etc…
  • Quantitative risk analysis experience
  • Forensic Planning
  • Full project lifecycle experience from bid phase through to close out

  • Ideally a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in engineering / project / construction management or a related field
  • Professional qualification (eg APM/Acoste/RICS) (or equivalent)

Key Technical Skills:
  • Proficient (applies the competence independently, primarily in complex situations , supervises others applying the competence , has a detailed knowledge in complex situations and can critically evaluate and adapt as required) in the following APM competencies –
  • Schedule Management – The process for developing , baselining and monitoring of an integrated schedule to inform the direction of the project
  • Resource Management – the process of identifying and scheduling the resources (people/facilities/materials etc..) required to implement the programme
  • Independent Assurance – gathering independent evidence that the information from projects and/or programmes is valid and are likely to achieve their aims.
  • Frameworks and methodologies – the appropriate adoption of specific frameworks and methodologies for the management of integrated schedules and tailoring of these
  • Stakeholder and Communications management – the systemic identification and analysis of stakeholders , and the planning and conduct of interactions to engage and communicate with them
  • Governance arrangements (incl quality) – the organisational and project specific processes, standards and guidelines for the governance of projects, including the process of initiation, review, handover and close out
  • Competent (applies the competence independently, primarily in situations of limited complexity , has a comprehensive knowledge in situations of limited complexity) in the following APM competencies
  • Budgeting and Cost Control – the process for setting agreed budgets and the control of forecast and actual costs against that budget. Use of tolerances and performance management
  • Reviews – the legal, regulatory and organisational requirements for review, the range of factors that need to be evaluated during reviews, and how these may vary throughout the lifecycle of the project
  • Change Control – the features of a rigorous change control process , and how to establish, implement and maintain a change control process
  • Contract Management - The nature of contracts and statements of work , and the implications for the contracting organisations and the suppliers into this
  • Please refer to APM Competence Framework for full list of competencies and further detail