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Lead Planner


Role: Lead Planner

Location: UK – various locations

Employment: Full time

Project: Civil Infrastructure UK projects 


Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that create 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. 

Infrastructure Global Business Unit:

Infrastructure is not just about physical assets, such as roads and bridges. It is also about providing people with the power, clean water, communications, and mobility that they need. With the world population expected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050, purposeful, smartly, and sustainably designed infrastructure will become critical to expanding society’s access to public goods and innovations that advance individual and community capacity, well-being, national economic growth, and overall prosperity. 


Lead Planner opportunities

As we continue to attract the best talent to join our teams across the globe we recognize that the ideal role may not be available just yet but as we make preparations for significant prospective work we are keen to hear from experienced Lead Planners.

The preferred candidate would ideally come from a Rail or Aviation background demonstrating expertise delivered on complex and large-scale projects. However, we welcome interest from those who have considerable experience as a Lead Planner from the UK market across various sectors.

We would like to receive expressions of interest from you. If you wish to register your interest, please follow the application process and your application will be reviewed by our Talent Acquisition team.

(By visiting Bechtel’s career site, you can also find all our live vacancies that are open for applications).


Job description


Supervises schedule activities for a global business unit in a central function role or is responsible for scheduling activities for a major project. Demonstrated skill in identifying, analyzing, and providing innovative solutions to scheduling problems. Provides generally non-routine scheduling guidance to projects. Supports and promotes improvement measures and implementation of recommendations for the global business unit. Supports organizational and administrative activities.


A. Supervision Received

Reports to and receives review and operational guidance from Project Controls management.

B. Supervision Exercised

Provides technical and operational direction to assigned personnel.

C. Contacts

Continuing contacts with Project Managers; project team members; Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management; and client personnel.


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 development of all data in support of negotiations.

Prepares, coordinates, and directs planning and scheduling presentations to Bechtel and client management, as required.

Conducts personnel performance reviews and career counseling. Interviews candidates for employment and makes recommendations for employment decisions.

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.

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.

Supports proposal activities as required.

Performs functional audits of projects to ensure the technical adequacy of planning and scheduling activities.


Experience and demonstrated skill in directing, planning, and scheduling functions, including schedule development, control, and analysis, in the field and the home office. Experience and demonstrated skill in establishing criteria for project planning and scheduling activities.

Skilled in direction, personnel administration, and training of technical and non-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. Knowledgeable about current industry and technical developments.

Advanced level of knowledge of engineering, procurement, contracts, construction, and startup work processes, as performed by Bechtel.

Knowledge of engineering and construction management customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience.

Must have Primavera P6 experience to build up programmes from scratch, to a Level 2/3 level.

Must have NEC experience of reviewing/accepting Contractors programmes, and review of claims for time extensions.















Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected
veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.