Project Planner in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Company Information

VolkerRail is an established and experienced railway infrastructure contractor. We have a successful track record of delivering projects across the whole of the UK; working with Network Rail, London Underground as well as light rail and tram operating companies to enhance the national infrastructure.

As one of the UKs oldest railway contractors, with a history dating back over 80 years, we are passionate about the preservation and development of the railways. Our years of experience and continued company growth have earned us a reputation within the industry for high performance and innovation, and as a company focussed on timely and efficient delivery.

The role

An opportunity has arisen for a Project Planner to join the VolkerRail, Major Projects Division. The role will initially be involved in the tendering/bidding of various opportunities and frameworks for around 12 months before becoming operational.

Key accountabilities

Once the tendering activities are complete, the role will transfer to a project where the following activities will form the main duties of the role.

Team Management/Support

  • Assist in the development and mentoring of junior project control staff.
  • Support the Project Controls Manager and Senior Planners where required.
  • Deputise for Project Controls Manager and Senior Planners where required.

Project Control

  • Participate and provide information as required for Level of Project Control (LOPC) Assessments to be undertaken on projects to which you are assigned.
  • Participate in regular risk reviews and provide programme information for inclusion in risk registers.
  • Complete project control checklists for all projects.
  • 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.
  • Ensure all projects are budget loaded enabling the production of value of work done assessments and detailed value forecasts.
  • Where the LOPC requires, assist the PCM with the Implementation of an appropriate Earned Value approach for all projects.

Schedule Management

  • Ensure compliance with PMS01_M001 & the Volker Rail Schedule Management Plan.
  • Assist in the Production of project specific Schedule Management Plans.
  • Produce periodic Schedule Adherence Reports for review by the Project Controls Manager.
  • Ensure all projects are archived in accordance with Project Control Guidance.
  • Lead in the production of Possession Programmes, including facilitating integration workshops and ensuring compliance with NR QSRA requirements.

Project/Business Support

  • Ensure all project control information is produced and available for project reviews and all other internal requirements.
  • 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/Third Party Interfaces

  • Ensure all 3rd party interfaces, assumptions and risks are identified and communicated accordingly.
  • Agree and establish client and other stakeholder reporting requirements for all.
  • Ensure compliance with Delivering Work Within Possession (DWWP) standard for all projects.
  • Ensure all KPI requirements are met for all projects to which you are assigned.
  • Establish regular face to face meetings with client counterparts.
  • Review and where appropriate challenge subcontractor programmes.
  • Maintain a professional and courteous attitude toward clients in all circumstances.
  • Alert your Line Manager whenever you become aware of any issue that may affect the business.

Skills & experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Computer literate and working knowledge in Microsoft office applications
  • Minimum 2 years' experience using Primavera P6 or similar planning package
  • Experience of working in a busy Planning role
  • Confident communication skills, both in writing and in internal and external correspondence
  • Membership of Associate of Project Management or equivalent
  • A positive and enthusiastic approach to challenges and problems.
  • The ability to manage work to meet varying deadlines.
  • UK driving licence

VolkerRail Group offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits commensurate to your skills and experience.Other

Committed to equality of opportunity and diversity.

Location

The position will likely be based out of Baskerville House, Birmingham. However individual arrangements can be made depending upon the successful candidate.

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