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Senior Planner


Warrington, GB, WA3 6YD

Company:  Cavendish Nuclear
Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:         Senior Planner
Location:         Birchwood / Bristol or Newbury
Compensation:     Negotiable
Role Type:         Full time / Permanent
Role ID:         SF 51014


At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Planner at one of our sites in Bristol, Birchwood or Newbury.


The role


As a Senior Planner you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. You will join our project controls team on a groundbreaking project involving the decommissioning of a nuclear site. The project is of immense importance and spans over a period of five years. With a total value of 90 million pounds, it represents a significant investment in ensuring safe and efficient nuclear waste disposal

Day to day, you’ll be preparing and maintaining integrated schedules of project activities and events.   


Responsibilities of the Senior Planner


•    Develop/implement and maintain the Project structures (WBS/OBS/RBS/CBS)
•    Develop/baseline and maintain the Project integrated schedule. (Level 1-3)
•    Ensure alignment between the integrated scheduling toolset and the companies financial and material demand toolset. This includes alignment of any Level 4/5 schedules.
•    Understand and report on project using Earned Value Analysis techniques and interpret/communicate the results and any corrective action to the project team.
•    Provision of schedule risk analysis updates on a monthly basis and to inform the baseline
•    Support to commercial change process, impact assessments and execute change control process as appropriate


Additional Key Accountabilities:


•    Provision of schedule risk analysis updates on a monthly basis and to inform the baseline
•    Inclusion of key milestones and status against these
•    Critical path analysis of the integrated schedule on a regular basis
•    Correctly record project progress in the schedule), reschedule to take effect of the progress data and communicate the results to the project team and advise of any appropriate corrective action.
•    Understand and report on project using Earned Value Analysis techniques and interpret/communicate the results and any corrective action to the project team.
•    Establishing and leading on Interactive Planning workshops 
•    Leading on Rolling Wave (lookahead) meetings 
•    Ensuring that the schedule is cost loaded in line with the Baseline budgets
•    Ensuring that the schedule is updated with forecast dates and Estimates at Completion (EAC’s)
•    What-if scenarios
•    Support to commercial change process and impact assessments
•    Inclusion of key supplier and subcontract schedules
•    Lead on alignment of schedule to project change register.
•    Attending and contributing the business Scheduling Community of Practise 

Essential experience of the Senior Planner


•    Extensive recent and relevant experience in a similar environment / business sector
•    Awareness of NEC3/4 contracting methodologies
•    Advanced knowledge of scheduling toolsets e.g Primavera/MSP etc…
•    Full project lifecycle experience from bid phase through to close out 
•    Quantitative risk analysis experience 


Key Technical Skills:


•    Expert (applies the competence independently, primarily in complex situations, recognised as an expert by other senior professionals (who is called on for advice by others on the competence) , has an in-depth knowledge in complex situations and can critically evaluate, adapt or develop new theories and/or methods if required and educate others)
•    Independent Assurance – gathering independent evidence that the information from projects and/or programmes is valid and are likely to achieve their aims.
•    Frameworks and methodologies – the appropriate adoption of specific frameworks and methodologies for the management of integrated schedules and tailoring of these
•    Stakeholder and Communications management – the systemic identification and analysis of stakeholders, and the planning and conduct of interactions to engage and communicate with them
•    Reviews – the legal, regulatory and organisational requirements for review, the range of factors that need to be evaluated during reviews, and how these may vary throughout the lifecycle of the project
•    Change Control – the features of a rigorous change control process, and how to establish, implement and maintain a change control process
•    Contract Management - The nature of contracts and statements of work, and the implications for the contracting organisations and the suppliers into this

The Planner role offers agile, hybrid working patterns. You will work from one of our office locations for 2 days each week, with very occasional on-site visits to Newbury. 

Qualifications for the Senior Planner 

•    A bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in engineering/project/construction - (desirable)
•    Professional qualification (eg APM/Acoste/RICS) – (desirable)


The successful candidate must be able to achieve SC security clearance level for this role.


Our Benefits

•    Generous holiday allowance 
•    Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
•    Employee share scheme 
•    Employee shopping savings portal
•    Payment of Professional Fees
•    Reservists in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave 
•    Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
•    ‘Be Kind Day’ enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity


For the full extensive Benefits package please visit our Careers pages


Babcock International 
For over 130 years Babcock International have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. 
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

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