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Senior Planner in City Of Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Job Title: Signalling Senior Planner

Location: Manchester

Job Type: Contract

The Role

As a senior member of the planning function you will lead the project planning and control function on either a major project or be responsible for a number of smaller projects. You will be a key member of the project delivery team and support senior project and programme managers in the successful planning and control of project delivery.

As a Senior Planner you will utilise your experience and expertise to support improvement activities and ensure best practice is identified and implemented.

You will also help mentor and coach more junior planners within the planning team.

Must have a minimum of 2 years Rail Signalling experience

What are my responsibilities?

Provide planning and controls leadership for the projects under your control

Be the technical planning expert ensuring consistent application of standards and procedures, including templates and guidance and support to your programme/project team

Develop and maintain plans in accordance with project management, planning procedures and processes.

Work closely with project, commercial and finance managers and members of the wider project team to ensure project schedules are accurately developed, maintained, resource and cost loaded.

Work closely with site and possession planners to ensure cohesion between these different activities and the main project schedule.

Work closely with the central Bids & Tendering team to ensure tender plans are developed through the mobilisation process into contract plans

Build and maintain close working relationships with client representatives and work collaboratively to find the most efficient and effective planning and controls solutions.

Perform critical path analysis and advise of possible actions and areas of concern.

Ensure that the periodic project reporting requirements are met for both internal and client through the provision of KPI, EV, schedule delay and critical path analysis reports as required.

Perform analysis and scenario modelling for any potential project change and be able to provide risks, issues, cost, resource and delay analysis.

What do I need to qualify for this job?

Essential Requirements:

Degree/HND/HNC level qualifications or relative demonstrable experience.

Experience of planning major infrastructure projects preferably in the rail industry.

Experience of working with senior management both internally and in the client organisation.

Technical planning expert to advanced Primavera level with knowledge and use of other planning tool such as MS Project

Self-motivated with sound interpersonal and communication skills, coupled with an assertive style of behaviour.

Desirable Requirements:

Technical/Engineering/Business background ideally with knowledge of railway signalling.

Working knowledge and experience of project management methodologies, e.g. Prince 2.

Experience of leading a planning team to deliver major infrastructure projects preferably in the rail industry.

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