Proven Planning Engineer with experience of working on rail signalling systems projects for a main contractor required for a Lead Planner contract opportunity in London. This role has been deemed outside IR35.

The role of Lead Planner is to lead the preparation and maintenance of integrated and co-ordinated project programmes, enabling resource and material requirements to be forward planned to meet project deliverables, using P6 Project Planning software. The postholder will be expected to interact and communicate effectively with all levels of the delivery team, and also deal with the client directly and professionally.

Reporting to the Planning Manager, the Lead Planner will be expected to work autonomously and independently, setting high personal standards and delivering reports in a timely and accurate manner to the project team and client alike. They will also be expected to manage/mentor less experienced staff within a dynamic project environment.


Develop comprehensive, logic linked, project programmes for UK projects incorporating resource loading/forecasting, materials planning, cost-loading and earned value forecasting and reporting.
Continuously monitor the programmes prepared to accurately reflect progress and maintain accurate earned value and resource data for internal and external purposes.
Identify critical paths and ensure action plans are developed and implemented to maximise project quality, cost and delivery objectives.
Through accurate reporting on Work Package progress, co-ordinate all functional activity on the project and ensure that problems and bottlenecks are anticipated and resolved in a timely manner to prevent negative impact on the project.
Provide regular reports and feedback to management on key issues and focus areas. This includes weekly dashboards, incorporating (but not limited to) Project Issues, Key Risks, Programme movement and recovery plans, Client Issues and change.
Lead the preparation of any high-level strategic programmes as required for use when meeting the client and/or Internal Management (Plan on a Page).
Through active dialogue with Work Package Managers and the Project Manager, ensure that the project programmes will deliver customer and contractual requirements to time and cost.
Conduct regular project co-ordination meetings on the status of the project with specific reference to engineering activity, sourcing, quality, cost and delivery.
Support the Planning Manager with business requests and auditing the programmes against the planning procedure / work instruction.
Manage/mentor a small team (1-3 Planners/Assistant/Graduate Planners) to successfully deliver projects assigned to the team.
Ensure all programmes under their control are updated and reviewed in line with the company’s planning processes, including PMS updates.
Ensure all reports planning team are produced to a high quality and to agreed deadlines.
This role will be measured against the timeliness and accuracy of reporting.
Undertake all staff management duties for their team, including undertaking relevant Performance Management and People Review activities.
Travel when required to other sites across the country.
Occasional weekend/bank holiday cover for any major commissioning.
Comply with and undertake all relevant Environment, Health and Safety measures and activities.

Experience required:

Experience of working on rail signalling systems projects for main contractors
Experience in a project planning / scheduling role, including resource and cost-loading / forecasting.
Expert knowledge of Primavera P6 Planning Software.
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Ability to communicate well and build relationships and to persuade and influence others
Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
Educated to at least A Level Standard.
Knowledge and experience of working in a business process environment with an emphasis on project delivery (contractor side).
Understanding and experience of Earned Value Management.

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