Head of Planning

  • Location

    Bedford, Bedfordshire

  • Sector:

    Building, Construction and Infrastructure

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  • Salary:

    £55000.00 - £65000.00 per annum

  • Contact:

    Liz Wigley

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  • Published:

    10 months ago

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  • Client:


My client is currently seeking an experienced Head of Planning to join their Complex infrastructure Programme.

The Complex Infrastructure Programme was established in 2014 to create a focus to grow the expertise and capability to deliver large and complex Projects. Our vision is 'To be acknowledged as the UK leaders in delivery of large and complex infrastructure' and to do this we are seeking to become a more intelligent client, becoming more effective in our role to derive greatest value from our investments.

Job Description

Are you a passionate leader with proven experience of setting up or significantly enhancing existing Planning & Scheduling functions? Are you a strategic thinker who is committed to quality and able to influence change in a complex project environment?

The Role:

The Head of Planning role is critical in developing an integrated and high performing PMO service, supporting the project at every stage of the lifecycle. The post holder will be responsible for driving excellence in Project and Programme Planning through the development, delivery and maintenance of a governance framework for Planning and Schedule management together with relevant tools and systems and the enhancement of in-house capability. Contributing to maturing the Planning & Scheduling function across CIP, you will coach and manage skills to successfully develop and build capability.

Day to Day:
You will develop and maintain strong, collaborative, working relationships with Programme Senior Leadership Team, Programme Management Office (PMO), and Programme delivery teams where you will ensure a strong understanding of business needs are met and ensure that the requirements for high quality Planning management tools and systems are fully understood and addressed at both Project and Programme level. Working with the PMO, Programme & Project teams and wider Major Projects directorate to develop and deliver the Planning and Scheduling management strategy, you will provide consistency leading to industry best practices that will ensure control and deliver effective processes, mechanisms and tools.

You will lead the development of Enterprise Planning management tools and systems at a Project, Programme and Portfolio level, to drive measurable results in terms of increasing the efficiency of the Programme and its constituent projects to deliver consistent high quality of project and programme reporting.

The role will also require you to develop processes and procedures that ensure all project schedules provided by designers, delivery partners / contractors and any 3rd party suppliers are provided to a consistently high quality into a centralised location. The exciting responsibility to support Directors, Project Managers/Sponsors and their teams through the provision of programme and project analysis, you will identify and report emerging issues and trends in performance and behaviours related to Planning & Schedule management.

As a leader, you will lead the provision of professional and technical guidance and advice for Oracle Primavera P6, Deltek Acumen Fuse Tools, Collaborative Planning, Planning & Logistics & Schedule management across the Programme, to develop capability and to support colleagues in delivering their objectives. The focus will be to continuously improve capability, behaviours, culture, tools, processes and systems related to Planning & Schedule management and attending and supporting Planning & Schedule Management Communities of Practice across Highways England, to share best practices and support professional development.

What are we looking for:
*Extensive operational experience of working in a complex, high value, programme environment, providing and driving strategic improvement plans and consistency of approach at programme and project levels
*Experienced in providing optimisation of individual (and combined) design and construction project plans at a project and programmatic level
*Experienced in driving change programmes specific to embedding Planning and Schedule management processes, tools, systems and people capability
*Significant experience of scheduling tools and systems, specifically Primavera P6, Deltek Acumen Suite of Tools
*Extensive operational experience of setting up and managing a P6 Enterprise Environment
*Demonstrable operational experience of leading and managing teams at a senior level in project and programme environment
*Demonstrable evidence of continuous operational Project, Programme & Portfolio Offices (P3O) management of personal professional development
*Track record of managing complex relationships with multiple stakeholders and evidence of skills to influence relationships for positive outcomes within an operational environment.

What we offer
*In return, we will offer you a competitive reward package that includes a supportive, highly flexible working environment, 26 day's annual leave and a generous contributory pension scheme. We also offer excellent learning and development opportunities to help you take your career to the next level.