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Senior Planner - HS2

Requisition ID:  230650

Requisition Posting End Date: 10/10/2020

Project: HS2

Location: Birmingham 


1.  Job purpose

This role is responsible for supporting the development of an integrated project schedule across development and delivery areas, coordinating dependencies and interfaces across the programme, and assuring supply chain inputs into the integrated schedule.


2.  Reporting relationships

Titles of all direct reports to this job:

· N/A


Titles of all direct reports to the same line manager:

·      Planner x2-5


3.  Role of Directorate/Department


The Programme Management Office (PMO) forms part of the CFO office and is responsible for cost management & estimating, risk management, schedule management and integration, performance reporting, tools and systems and project management capability across the organisation and both Phase One and Phase Two. The PMO supports and enables delivery through the provision of specialist resources and services into Phase One and Phase Two Project Controls, and by centrally

defining and implementing core project controls processes and standards.


4.  Accountabilities


·    To be accountable for supporting the development of an integrated project schedule across development and delivery areas, ensuring dependencies and interfaces are effectively managed, identifying any risks and potential impacts, and proposing mitigation strategies where applicable.

·    To be responsible for supporting schedule input into the development of an integrated project baseline across development and delivery areas. Correlating schedule, cost and risk assessment through to influence critical path analysis and providing robust and quality plans to support decision making.

·    To be accountable for identifying key programme interfaces and working with the delivery teams, within both HS2 and the supply chain, to document and manage these.

·    To be responsible for working with Project Managers and Project Controls Managers to maintain project schedules and effectively manage change, providing assurance to the plans and schedules submitted by the supply chain.

·    To be responsible for supporting What-if scenario planning, providing integrated solutions to programme and project conflicts and recoveries, supporting trade off decision making.

·    To have accountability for providing specialist planning and integration support where required.

·    To be accountable for collaborating with project delivery teams, the supply chain and stakeholders (including regulatory bodies, and the Department for Transport) where necessary to support the integration of all time, cost and quality information to support the monitoring of project progress and supply chain performance

·      To be responsible for inputting into the development of planning and integration policy, processes and standards across the business, leveraging industry best practice to drive continuous improvement and assure that these are implemented consistently and effectively across development and delivery areas

·      Actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.


5. Required criteria



·      Ability to use planning software including Primavera P6 at an advanced level.

·      Ability to integrate planning activities across multiple complex projects.

·      Ability to implement the delivery of processes, procedures and guidance that support project delivery and improve efficiency and accuracy within planning systems.

·      Ability to analyse and interpret data, producing accurate, timely and informative reports in multiple formats targeted to the needs of the audience.

·      Ability to contribute within a team environment to allow effective decisions to be implemented.

·      Able to solve problems with an attention to detail.


·      Working knowledge of planning systems, processes and procedures.

·      Knowledge of the core Project Controls disciplines, including; Schedule Management, Cost Management, Change Management and Risk Management and an understanding of how they interrelate.

·      Understanding of NEC contracts, amendments, early warning notices and the work flows of communications between contractor and client.

·      Knowledge of the stages of the project life cycle.


Type of experience:

·      Experience in the core project controls functions, including; baseline maintenance, schedule management, cost performance, change management, risk management and performance reporting.

·      Experience of working both individually and as part of a team for the delivery of the planning function within a project team.

·      Experienced in the management and control of key Project Controls systems (e.g. Primavera P6).

·      Experience of participation in contract progress and schedule change reviews.


Behavioural Competencies:

The post-holder is expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with HS2 company values.

The HS2 Behavioural competency Framework can be accessed via the following link:


6. Decision making


The post holder can decide the following:

·      Endorsement of supply chain schedule acceptance to the NEC Project Manager

·      Endorsement of schedule impacts contained within change and investment papers

·      Approve the release of schedule products, including baselines, to the Senior Planner

The following decisions are referred for approval:

·      Changes to the schedule baseline (via CIP documentation) referred for approval by the appropriate delegated authority.

·      Creation of new planning positions referred to the Senior Planner for approval.


7. Dimensions


The Planner role will be responsible for the following:

·      Responsible for the planning of projects ranging from hundreds of million pounds to several billion pounds.


8. Key contacts


The Planner role has a number of key contacts that will require strong communication links, these roles include but are not limited to:


·      Project Controls Manager

·      HS2 Senior Project

·      Cost Manager

·      Reporting Manager

·      Risk Manager

·      Planners

·      Planners within Contractor organisations.


9. Complexity


The Planner role has a number of key complexities associated with it, these include:

·      Coordinating, consolidating and integrating contractor and project programmes

·      A large portfolio of works with numerous interfaces both internal and external to the project team

·      Communication with a wide range of project teams, contractor teams and functional disciplines


10. Health and safety

·      Take reasonable care to ensure your own and others’ health and safety – including those who may be affected by the day-to-day delivery of this role – by taking personal responsibility for working to the HS2 Safe at Heart programme


·      Co-operate with HS2 in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times and not interfering with measures in place to protect your health, safety or welfare.

·      Advocate and promote the company’s well-being strategy and policies.



Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.