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Location: England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon

Senior Planner

England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon

Job Description

Would you like to work in a position that may lead to finding a solution to the worlds energy issues?

Here at the UKAEA we are researching the solution to Nuclear Fusion, the programme this position sits is in STEP our flag ship programme with the goal of building the first working Nuclear fusion reactor to produce energy.

Overall Purpose:
* Orchestrating the development of complex project plans and resource forecasts, identifying optimisations in future work sequencing and resource management;
* Advising and influencing project managers and senior staff as a technical expert in the field of project planning, particularly with respect to specific acute project issues and a strategic look ahead;
* Responsible for leading and delivering the planning on one or more key programme areas;
* Uphold and enforce project management processes, planning procedures and protocols. Be responsible for ensuring that planning procedures and protocols are followed by all members of the team.

* Responsible for leading and delivering project planning on the largest (>£30M) programme areas at UKAEA to a format, update / forecasting frequency and overhead agreed with the customer
o Drawing on expertise and experience to shape plan structures and monitoring methods
o Autonomous ability to find solutions to planning problems, and influence project managers in developing ameliorating response plans
o Ability to effectively liaise with the project team in the field to quantify progress, identify areas of underproductivity and trends in project performance
* Excellent ability to understand and synthesize technical information into a project plan;
* To develop critical path and options analysis, influencing execution strategy formation on large programmes;
* Liaise with external parties / customers on planning matters, ensuring project compliance and timely information flow;
* Peer reviewing planning work undertaken by others in the planning and wider project team to ensure that it is of an approach that suits the project, is of a consistent standard and adheres to planning department protocol as set by the planning section leader;
* Advise the Planning Section Leader on optimum ways of identifying and managing different resource types;
* Assist in the development of standard plan structures and protocols for different levels of plan complexity, to be used by other planning team members;
* Identify opportunities for improvement in the planning section and, using expertise and knowledge, propose solutions to problems and challenges;
* Promote the right culture to encourage good project management practices.
* Implementation of best practice project management processes, particularly with respect to planning and resource management within an engineering environment;
* Provide strategy input to project and programme managers and staff in developing activity sequences, identifying key interdependencies and optimisations to reduce overall time, whilst adhering to planning protocol;
* Advising and assisting project managers with the creation and implementation of work breakdown structures and work allocation;
* Creating baseline plans using a pre-agreed scope of works and monitoring the progress of projects against this baseline, alerting the PM to potential changes or deviations;
* Collecting, checking and supplying earned value data to the cost engineer and the quality of data supplied;
* Monitoring and enforcing change control with respect to the plan;
* Collate actual durations for completed tasks to inform the planning of similar future tasks;
* To design reports to suit the needs of the Authority, senior managers and project managers and to provide these reports when required;
* Communicating with a wide range of staff including design engineers, drawing staff, procurement staff and technicians to plan and monitor projects;

Specific qualifications/experience
* An in-depth experience in the implementation and thorough execution of project management processes and project planning in the context of large and complex projects;
* An approachable person with excellent inter-personal skills able to seamlessly interact with people in all corners of the project
* Ability to skilfully engage with people at all levels of the project to efficiently glean productivity information and identify trends
* A good understanding of technical control processes;
* Highly experienced in the use of Primavera with a working knowledge of Microsoft planning software;
* Project management qualification preferred;
* Degree or equivalent in engineering, physical sciences or related subject.

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