LEAD PROJECT PLANNER in London, London, United Kingdom

This role is in the UK & Ireland Systems, Signalling & Infrastructure (SS&I) team, delivered Signalling and/or Infrastructure projects across the UK.

POSITION OVERVIEW
The role of Lead Project Planner is to manage the preparation and maintenance of integrated and co-ordinated project programmes, enabling resource and material requirements to be forward planned to meet project deliverables, using P6 Project Planning software. The postholder will be expected to interact and communicate effectively with all levels of the delivery team and also deal with the client directly and professionally.
Reporting to the Planning Manager, the Lead Planner will be expected to work autonomously and independently, setting high personal standards and delivering reports in a timely and accurate manner to the project team and client alike. He/She will also be expected to manage/mentor less experienced staff within a dynamic project environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop comprehensive, logic linked, project programmes for UK SS&I projects incorporating resource planning, materials planning, cost-loading and earned value forecasting and reporting.
Continuously monitor the programmes prepared to accurately reflect progress and maintain accurate earned value and resource data for internal and external purposes.
Identify critical paths and ensure action plans are developed and implemented to maximise project quality, cost and delivery objectives.
Through accurate reporting on Work Package progress, co-ordinate all functional activity on the project and ensure that problems and bottlenecks are anticipated and resolved in a timely manner to prevent negative impact on the project.
Provide regular reports and feedback to management on project progress and critical issues.
Provide sufficiently accurate data to enable the Work Package Managers and Project Managers to ensure that co-ordinated project activity complies with and delivers company financial and business targets on cash and project margins.
Through active dialogue with Work Package Managers and the Project Manager, ensure that the project programmes will deliver customer and contractual requirements to time and cost.
Conduct regular project co-ordination meetings on the status of the project with specific reference to engineering activity, sourcing, quality, cost and delivery.
Support the Planning Manager with business requests and auditing the programmes against the planning procedure / work instruction.
Manage/mentor a small team (1-3 Planners/Assistant/Graduate Planners) to successfully deliver projects assigned to the team.
Ensure all programmes under their control are updated and reviewed in line with the planning procedure / work instruction.

HRM-GB-TEM-001 Job Description & Person Specification
Ensure all reports from their planning team are produced to a high quality and to deadlines. This role will be measured against the timeliness and accuracy of reporting.
Undertake all staff management duties for their team, including undertaking relevant Performance Management and People Review activities.
Travel when required to other sites across the country.
Occasional weekend/bank holiday cover for any major commissioning.
Comply with and undertake all relevant Environment, Health and Safety measures and activities.

POSTHOLDER REQUIREMENTS
Essential:
Extensive experience in a project planning / scheduling role, including resource and cost-loading / forecasting.
Extensive experience and expert knowledge of Primavera P6 Planning Software.
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Ability to communicate well and build relationships
Ability to persuade and influence others.
Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
Educated to at least A Level Standard.
Knowledge and experience of working in a business process environment with an emphasis on project delivery (Contractor side).
Knowledge and experience of the Rail Industry.
Understanding and experience of Earned Value Management.
Desirable:
Educated to degree level.
Knowledge and experience of Rail Signalling.
Demonstrable people management skills and experience.
Expert knowledge of MS Excel.
Extensive experience of Earned Value Management.
Experience of Primavera Risk / Quantitive Schedule Risk Analysis (QSRA).

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