Senior Planner

  • Location

    Preston, Lancashire

  • Sector:

    Power, Nuclear and Utilities

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  • Salary:

    £51000.00 - £56000.00 per annum

  • Contact:

    Rachel Troughton

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  • Published:

    6 months ago

  • Expiry date:


We have an opportunity for a Permanent Senior Planner position based at Preston

Job Role
Management of local Planning resources, ensuring quality Planning support services including the development management and ownership of project schedule data to deliver successful project outcomes within time, cost and quality requirements, including reporting utilisation monitoring, and production of periodic progress reports.

Provide local office line management and supervision of Planning resources to ensure the effective discharge of Planning services.
Oversee, motivate, and monitor the performance of the local office team, identifying capability requirements for team development and progression, addressing any performance gaps and supporting redeployment of direct reports in line with the business needs.
Actively contribute to the continuous improvement of the functional quality and performance of the Project Management Office and the Planning team.

Responsibility for the production and timely issue of the integrated plan / programme for the local site, ensuring robust capture of all works ongoing and planned, across all work streams (including internal client & external 'client' funded projects).
Ensure compliance with all legislative, regulatory and Company procedures and standards e.g. safety, quality, risk and security etc. in the development of project plans.
Identify Customer & internal client deliverables and develop detailed project plans during all project phases on behalf of the Project Manager (detailing resources & costs).
Establish appropriate work breakdown structures against data provided by the Project Manager, ensuring that deliverables, activities, and quantity tracking mechanisms are in place.
Liaise with sub‐contractors and Technical Leads, collate progress information and maintain and update the project plan. Challenge updates where necessary to ensure robustness of information / feedback and therefore forecast plan.
Provide progress updates as required by the Project Manager in accordance with work instructions, advising on missed forecasted milestones and deliverables, and attend project progress meetings (as required).
Issue standardised performance reports highlighting any risks and opportunities, and key variances as appropriate, and advise on recovery options if project delivery performance is not hitting targets (Schedule/Deliverables/Cost).
Identify and track all changes or potential changes to the project baseline and subsequent underpinning of change control mechanisms.
Monitor critical path activities, and provide trend data (forecasts up to 3, 6 and 12 months look ahead) support to detailed cost and schedule reviews, and prompt and accurate information to the Project Manager.
Monitor works progress for variations / changes in project scope understand any impacts on BCWS & project deliverables, and make any necessary updates (follow approval by the Project Manager) to project schedules as required.
Provide project outturns against baseline for LFE and knowledge management

Knowledge & Experience
Demonstrable experience of successfully discharging Planning related services on medium - large scale / complex projects planning in engineering environments.
5+ years' experience in a Planning role, with experience of team / man-management
Demonstrable experience of successful delivery
Must have good working knowledge and proficient in the use of Microsoft Project EPM, Primavera P6, (or other professional project scheduling software packages).
Experience of utilising project collaboration software, e.g. Sharepoint, Project Webspace, etc.
Demonstrable experience of managing Planning discipline staff / teams, including performance management.

Excellent analytical planning communication and stakeholder management skills.
Able to think critically, using good judgment to challenge discipline on resource estimates to produce robust output controls documentation.
Ability to develop Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and integrated plans using a variety of different software packages.
Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the coordination of technical projects typical planning considerations risks / opportunities and solutions.