Planning Manager

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  • Location

    London, England

  • Sector:

    Rail Planner

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    Up to £0.00 per annum

  • Contact:

    John O'Connor

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Job Purpose

The Planning Manager is responsible for supporting the Project Management Unit (PMU) Planning function by providing direction, leadership, guidance and management of the embedded planning resources. The Planning Manager should assist Project or Programme Manager(s) with producing and reporting budget loaded work programmes/schedules, for the purpose of co-ordinating works with Contractors and other third parties. To create and update programme data in compliance with the Major Projects Directorate PMO centralised requirements. To provide analysis and assist in the interpretation of all reports produced within TfL.

Key accountabilities

Plan and manage complex multi-project programme time schedules to ensure delivery of intended business benefits.Analyse, review and highlight critical time schedule issues and ensure viable resolution plans are in place.Act as coordination lead for the production of outward facing topical summary reports discussing programme/project progress, critical issues, impact and mitigation.
Establish and maintain a highly motivated programme planning team.
Management of the implementation of planning work processes and procedures in accordance with Pathway and otherwise approved deviations.
Provide direction and supervision to any assigned project planners and / or possess extensive technical expertise.
Establish and maintain a good, professional and pro-active relationship with other project management/ planning teams.
Conduct Project Controls orientation/training sessions for Programme team(s) and assist Senior management with the interpretation of periodic time schedule/cost reports.
Liaise with Senior Planning Managers other Planning Managers & Planning Assistants regarding common planning issues for the purpose of providing a common solution for all parties.
Analysis of programme controls data and create summary programme reports/analysis for Senior Managers/Sponsors.
Assess the need for change to planning processes and methods and implement changes to deliver improved performance.
Assess contractual schedules and compensation events and support the business in schedule related commercial
Contribute to driving and leading a positive safety culture within MPD projects and ensuring their team is invested in managing and improving HSE performance.
Contribute to equality of opportunity, social inclusion, fair employment and environmental sustainability, creating open, inclusive and engaging environment within MPD and across stakeholders, customers and supply chain.


Extensive knowledge and understanding of capital projects and programmes with an emphasis on Planning and how this
supports and integrates with a wider high functioning environment.
Extensive knowledge of PPM Systems and Tools especially in regard to the Planning discipline.
Knowledge of the professional disciplines of programme and project management in the context of complex capital
projects with expertise in Planning.
Knowledge of different Commercial arrangements, NEC contractual obligations and their impact of project controls management with an emphasis on Planning metholdogy.
Domain knowledge of the planning, design and construction activities undertaken across a number of TfL project areas.
Namely track, signalling, stations, civils or surface projects.
Awareness of safety issues in an operational environment.
Sound knowledge of relevant project planning software.


Good influencing skills to manage and motivate teams. Ability to embed Planning Management methodology and process in support of delivery of high risk, value and complex projects/programmes. Analysis of complex data to draw conclusions and produce reports.

Specific technical skills include:
Project / Programme Office (Level 3); Project Management (Level 3)
Stakeholder Management (Level 4); Planning (Level 4); Budgeting and Cost
Management (Level 3); Earned Value Management (Level 3); Information
Management and Reporting (Level 3); Schedule Risk Analysis (Level 3)


Experience of creating, adapting and monitoring planning in major projects managing to time, quality and budget.
Experience of dealing with a range of stakeholders at all levels across the organisation influencing improving process and guidance to support project delivery and reporting.
Experience using Primavera, Primavera Enterprise or similar project time scheduling software.
Experience of a complex operating environment including NEC contract management in a project delivery environment.
Experience building critical path schedules from knowledge and first principles, interviewing and leading workshops with project resources to understand progress and performance across a programme of critical path projects.
Experienced in defining and agreeing progress reporting approaches with contractors.