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Chief Planner, NS&E

Requisition ID:  241920

Requisition Posting End Date: 11/30/2021

Bechtel is one of the most respected engineering, project management and construction companies in the world. In our Nuclear, Security and Environmental (NS&E) global business unit, the demand for our expertise is growing as we deliver the entire project life cycle from research and development through engineering, procurement, construction and operation to decontamination and decommissioning. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that make the world cleaner and safer.


The Chief Planner will report to the NS&E Project Controls Operations Manager and provide direction and leadership for scheduled activities for the NS&E global business unit in a central function role. The successful candidate will have demonstrated their skill in identifying, analyzing, and providing innovative solutions to planning and scheduling challenges during the execution of NS&E projects.


This position provides direction and leadership for project-based planning, scheduling, and re-baselining activities that require a high degree of technical skill and experience. This position will also support and promote improvement measures and the implementation of recommendations for the NS&E global business unit.


While this position will be based to an NS&E office and provide for part-time teleworking, extensive travel to provide direct project support and oversight will include business travel up to 70-80% of the time.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a planning and scheduling subject matter expert within the NS&E global business unit.
  • Interprets and executes policy, objectives, and standards applicable to planning and scheduling activities.
  • Directs all schedule development and maintenance monitoring activities. Develops, interprets, and executes policy objectives and standards applicable to schedule maintenance and the monitoring of development functions.
  • Performs or directs functional audits of projects to ensure the technical adequacy of planning and scheduling activities.
  • Maintains liaison within the global business unit to coordinate workload and staffing plans, work processes, and procedures.
  • Prepares, coordinates, and directs the planning and scheduling presentations to Bechtel and client management, as required.
  • Participates in the development and training of personnel and in the implementation of on-the-job and classroom training programs.
  • Conducts personnel career counseling. Interviews candidates for employment and makes recommendations for employment decisions.
  • Prepares and coordinates the development of staffing and operating plans for planning and scheduling activities.
  • Reviews contract drafts for adequacy of scheduling requirements, and coordinates the development of all information in support of negotiations.
  • Supports proposal activities as required.
  • Directs schedule analysis/study and problem-solving activities. Develops and interprets guidelines applicable to the analysis function.
  • Directs schedule reporting activities and provides assistance and guidance for the display or presentation of schedule information.


Job Knowledge:

  • Experience and demonstrated skill in directing planning and scheduling functions, including schedule development, control, and analysis.
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in establishing criteria for project planning and scheduling activities.
  • Skilled in providing direction, personnel administration, and training of technical personnel.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication, with a demonstrated ability to present planning and scheduling information to management and clients.
  • Demonstrated skill in identifying, analyzing, and solving problems.
  • Proficiency in using PC operating systems and several basic software Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint. 
  • Proficiency in using planning and scheduling applications (Primavera P6, Milestones, etc.) currently in use by Bechtel.
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction management is customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience.
  • Knowledge of current industry and technical developments.
  • Statistical knowledge of regression analysis of variance estimation and correlation, with an advanced understanding of how to apply real-world applications of statistical theory.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s (BS/BA) degree from an accredited university and 15+ years of professional experience, or in lieu of a degree, high school diploma or equivalent and 21+ years of professional experience. 
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, and background check which includes verification of employment and education.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen per contract requirements for U.S. Government projects which will be supported.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Thorough knowledge of and demonstrated skill in directing cost engineering functions, including cost estimating, cost control, and cost analysis, in the field and the home office.
  • Experience in developing budgets and forecasts for proposals and project operations.
  • Skilled in developing and implementing cost control systems, techniques, and procedures.
  • Expert level of knowledge of engineering, procurement, contracts, construction, and startup work processes, as performed by Bechtel.
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction management is customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience. 
  • Knowledgeable about current industry and technical developments.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication, with demonstrated skill in presenting planning and scheduling information to management and clients.
  • Flexibility to respond to urgent requests and changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and objectives.
  • Demonstrated skill in identifying and analyzing issues and recommending corrective actions.
  • Demonstrated skill in management, supervisory, and personnel administration functions.


Preferred requirements:

  • Previous government-based Earned Value Management System experience on Bechtel Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects.
  • Project Controls implementation and site leadership experience on complex Bechtel projects.
  • Demonstrated skill in formulating and presenting new concepts for GBU and corporate policy.

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; Energy; 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, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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