Senior Planner

  • Location

    England, England

  • Sector:

    Rail Jobs and Transportation

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  • Salary:

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Rail Technical Team

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  • Published:

    10 months ago

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Our client is currently looking for a Senior Planner to join their planning tean on a permanent basis.
This is supporting a portfolio of rail projects across the country.


Team Management/Support

* Undertake line management duties & provide direction to designated project control staff as allocated by the Head of Project Controls or the Project Controls Manager.

* Assist with regular performance reviews and manage the PDR process for all direct reports including identification of specific training requirements and development needs.

* Assist in the development and mentoring of junior project control staff.

* Assist in the recruitment process for project control resources, including undertaking interviews & technical assessments.

Project Control

* Lead with Level of Project Control (LOPC) Assessments for all projects to which you are assigned as Lead Planner and ensure they are documented in the Project Management Plan.

* Lead in the Implementation of the appropriate Risk Management approach for projects to which you are assigned as Lead Planner including the production and maintenance of risk registers.

* Complete project control checklists for all projects to which you are assigned as Lead Planner prior to tender settlement, proposed baseline submission and any subsequent re-baselines.

* Ensure appropriate scope management controls are in established and maintained for all projects to which you are assigned as Lead Planner.

* Ensure the appropriate Change Management approach for all projects to which you are assigned is in place, including the production and maintenance of programme change registers & ensure that all change events are captured within the current programme.

* Lead in the budget loading of all projects to which you are assigned as Lead Planner.

* Where the LOPC requires, assist the PCM with the Implementation of an appropriate Earned Value approach for all projects including production of Project Control Account Plan and periodic EV reports.

Schedule Management

* Ensure compliance with PMS01_M001 & the Volker Rail Schedule Management Plan.

* Assist in the Production of project specific Schedule Management Plans as required for approval by the Head of Project Controls

* Produce periodic Schedule Adherence Reports for review by the Project Controls Manager

* Ensure all projects are archived in accordance with Project Control Guidance Note "Archiving P6 Programmes".

* Lead in the production of Possession Programmes, including facilitating integration workshops and ensuring compliance with NR QSRA requirements.

2.3.4 Project/Business Support

* Ensure all project control information is produced and available for project reviews

* Provide the project teams with programme information to allow them to make informed and timely decisions.

* Ensure that all projects are compliant with the requirements of RES/01/W09 Resource Allocation - Strategic Workforce Management.

* Ensure compliance with business specific document control requirements.

* Client/3rd Party Interfaces

* Ensure all 3rd party interfaces, assumptions and risk are identified and communicated accordingly.

* Agree and establish client and other stakeholder reporting requirements for all projects to which you are assigned as Lead Planner

* Ensure compliance with Delivering Work Within Possession (DWWP) standard for all projects to which you are assigned as Lead Planner

* Ensure all KPI requirements are met for all projects to which you are assigned. Assist in the Production and implementation of a plan that enables progressive improvement of all Programme Management KPI scores.

* Establish regular face to face meetings with client counterparts

* Review and where appropriate challenge subcontractor programmes. Ensure that a robust process for inclusion within VR programmes is established & maintained.

* Maintain a professional and courteous attitude toward clients in all circumstances and do not agree anything outside current contractual scope without agreement from the relevant Project Manager.

* Alert your Line Manager whenever you become aware of any issue that may affect the business in a safety, commercial, environmental or legal context.


Competent and proven experience of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint & MS Project

Minimum 5 years' experience using Primavera P6 or similar planning package

5 Years' experience in project delivery or consultancy role

Project Control
Expert working knowledge of:
* Programming/Planning
* Schedule Management
* Reporting
Detailed working knowledge of:
* Cost Control
* Risk Management
* Change Control
* Baseline Management
* Operational Planning
* Construction Staging
* Earned Value Management
* Resource Management
Appreciation of:
* Claims & dispute management