Senior Planner

Colas Ltd
Rowley Village
12 Apr 2018
08 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Provide planning management and support to both the pre-contract and contract operations for the business and coordinate with bid and construction teams to manage and control the planning and programming aspects of bid proposals and multiple projects in progress.

Key objectives

Tender stage:

  • Produce tender programmes compliant with tender sum, design (where appropriate) and methodology

  • Create tender deliverables as required (agreed at initial tender meeting with planning manager / bid manager)

Construction / delivery stage:

  • Build, manage and update the construction programme and its communication to internal and external customers and major stakeholders

  • Manage and incorporate change events into the construction programme and jointly with the commercial team, secure full entitlement under the contract

Principal responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Provide detailed support and assistance to the project in order to enable the team to monitor pinch-points on the critical path and test and change logic where previously agreed to either improve upon the baseline programme or to mitigate potential delays

  • Produce reports and programme commentary to customers on particular reporting requirements

  • Yield programmes, reports and / or extract filters as required by the project team, including indication of deviation from the baseline programme

  • In conjunction with the commercial team, produce earned value analysis data in compliance with the customer and COLAS requirements

  • Formally issue programme updates to the customer as required by the contract

  • Attend progress meetings with internal and external customers and deliver presentation(s) on project progress

  • Develop and produce fully logic linked and integrated tender programme comprising the design, procurement, construction and commission compliant with tender sum, design (where appropriate) and methodology without assistance

  • Manage the planning and programme process by closely monitoring and controlling the development and implementation of the programme and checking completeness of supply chain packages

  • Ensure planning and programming is produced on time by understanding the planning process to meet challenging deadlines, understanding the interface and reliance between elements/disciplines, and developing and monitoring integrated design, procurement, construction and commissioning programmes

  • Certify processes are followed on all projects - producing robust master and managing programmes, following the programme management plan, and understanding supply chain scope

  • Input to the risk management process
  • Work with allocated operations support in the production of method statements etc and ensure that tender programme aligns with the pricing methods
  • Develop and produce (or lead if outsourced) logistics and phasing plans
  • Engage with supply chain and bid team members to discuss and achieve optimum programme and method solutions
  • Take part in all tender meetings as required and assist in the preparation of bid submission documents
  • Identify, communicate and add key programme risks to the risk register
  • Warrant effective communication of bid strategy and solutions to the project team


Qualifications and training

  • Educated to professional level with a relevant degree or equivalent in a core business discipline

Technical skills and experience

  • Thorough understanding and experience in the use of project management software

  • Extensive experience in programme and project management, project planning, including programme controls, project review, and cost and risk analysis

  • Ability to plan construction works from first principles, preferably with experience in multi discipline major projects

  • Broad site experience on business related projects in a management or supervisory capacity

  • Wide experience of the impact that commercial events have on the baseline programme

  • Vast experience of working on multi-discipline projects within the COLAS sectors

  • Bid and project planning experience on construction projects

  • Experience in recognition and recording of any change in requirements

  • Knowledge of actively measuring and monitoring performance and the presentation of the results in a logical manner to support continuous improvement

  • Understanding in the interpretation of data and information and producing it in a clear and logical format

  • Ability to work in a team environment with minimum supervision

  • Organisational planning and time management skills, with the ability to prioritise workload and meet tight deadlines on multiple projects

  • Background in project management (desirable)

  • Ability to deliver major project planning to demanding deadlines

  • Skill to develop friendly and professional customer focused relations with others

  • Excellent management skills, with the ability to motivate employees to achieve

  • Outstanding communications skills, with the ability to simplify complex concepts both orally and in written form

  • Exceptional negotiation and diplomacy skills and the ability to convince senior colleagues of the need to develop solutions to the benefit of the business

  • Capability to clearly demonstrate high competence in areas of challenging, influencing and coaching

  • The technical knowledge required to be able to review, check, comment on drawings for change, build-ability and quality, health and safety, and compliance with contract and legislation

  • Highways experience desirable

Technical skills and knowledge profile

High level understanding of:

  • Planning IT

  • Construction methods

  • Project planning procedures

  • IT skills

  • Planning principles in practice

Moderate level understanding of:

  • Contractual & commercial

  • Project Risk Management

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