Senior Programme Scheduler - MS Project

  • Location

    Newport, Wales

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Contact:

    Louise Wardle

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  • Published:

    8 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Senior Programme Scheduler (MSP) required to provide specialist and administrative support to (complex) projects and programmes as part of an integrated team working towards a unified schedule/plan maintained by the Newport team. The successful applicant will join the Programme Management team to support teams located across multiple countries to deliver a number of critical Secure Communications projects Primary purpose of this role is a project support role with the main focus on supporting the major programmes and growth projects delivering new strategic work and services.

The role involves but is not limited to the following:

Creation, maintenance and timely delivery of the top level and lower level schedules, and Integrated Project Team (IPT) schedules where required covering the necessary requirements.

Provision of project administration support to the Project Manager and the project team.

The definition, agreement and ongoing integrity of a project library of data with the aid of the PM processes & tools, such as:

Schedule, milestone & cost data

Analysing project costs versus project forward load in conjunction with Finance

Resource tracking / management on behalf of the Project Manager

Payment Milestone tracking

Risk analysis tracking

Change Control (incl. waivers and deviations)

Lines of Balance

Ensuring that all project related data is correct and maintained within required Business Tools Provision of all resources necessary to ensure timely completion of all project office related activity

Supporting management consolidation, judgement, recommendations and the timely provision of all necessary management data inclusive of progress, risk analysis and reporting information to the Project Managers and flow up to Secure Comms KPIs

Primary Duties:

Responsible for maintaining and tailoring processes for Project Management as required by the businesses

Responsible for selecting, developing / configuring and maintaining software tools to support the Business and Information Management Systems.

Providing consolidated project reports on a monthly and quarterly basis to senior management including special focus reports as required.

Responsible for the creation and maintenance of standardised templates for schedules and project reporting

Other Duties:

Interface with the core business functions when necessary on project management processes and tools (Finance, Commercial, Legal, Human Resources & Engineering).

Aid the PM to capture programme lessons learnt and propose project/process improvements where appropriate.

Ad hoc support to Head of PMO

Candidates should have experience of working within a PMO including scheduling, logic checking, Earned Value, Risk Management

Knowledge of planning best practice i.e.

Logic linking/dependencies

Critical Path Analysis

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Planning to stage boundaries - contingency planning

Good knowledge of business processes, and their significance in the working environment.

Good knowledge/understanding of Project Management methodologies.

Excellent knowledge of all MS Office applications i.e Word, Excel, Powerpoint and proficient use of MS Project and risk analysis tools

Ability to work well in a team and individually

Research and Analytical skills.

Experience in supporting resource management, planning and forecasting

Knowledge of Configuration Management

Desirable Competencies:

Project Management practitioner

Use of the Primavera scheduling tool Knowledge of software tools for scheduling, risk management including schedule risk analysis (Monte Carlo)

Knowledge / experience in the field of Satellite & Ground Communications

Business Process Engineering

The role involves extensive business travel (2-3 days per week) within the first 3-4 months of contract to Romania, Norway and other European locations.

For the right candidate this could lead to a permanent role.

Recognising the RESTRICTED nature of the work, suitable candidates will be SC cleared or eligible for this level of clearance.