Planning Engineer – Irlam, Manchester

The Role

The Planning Engineer will take ownership of all aspects of the fibre network design, being able to work to strict deadline while being flexible to meet requirements when needed. Our systems are unique so whilst past experience is needed, they will also need to be a quick learner with an enthusiasm for telecoms.

Key Result Areas

  • The capture of initial areas of interest and costing estimates for the Executive team to review.

  • In preparing the complete technical design, costings and pack for the build to enable a route walk to establish the most effective route and cabinet locations. Highlighting initial areas of possible wayleaves and access requirements.

  • Designing and overseeing the design to the agreed Fibre architectures. (FTTP)

  • Responsible for the management and governance of works in compliance with guidelines and code of practice.

  • Helping to develop, implement and champion network topologies.

  • Applying data quality within our asset and customer management systems.

  • Driving consistency, quality, suitability and cost-effectiveness.

  • Highlight and escalate major design variances to the senior planner while having a flexible approach in dealing with amendments to planned information.

  • Delivering short, medium and long-term forecasts for all network components.

  • Working with Vendor relationships regarding securing a repeatable supply chain.

  • Ensuring and overseeing the design acceptance.

  • Ensuring as-builts are received, checked and stored.

  • Knowledge of BT PIA infrastructure & the rules regarding its use.

Reporting to

Senior Planning Engineer



Person Specification


  • GIS Degree

Relevant Experience

  • Minimum 3 years FTTH planning/design role experience

  • Minimum 5 years in a Telecommunications environment

  • Minimum 1 year experience of working on a GIS related system

Aptitude, skills and abilities

  • Strong track record in delivering results in a fast paced and complex workspace

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills

  • A proven ability to set both strategic and tactical direction

Our ideal fit

Someone who is passionate about the telecoms industry, provide constructive insight, challenge and push the boundaries. Someone who wants to work at the heart of a start-up and provide essential insight to support the business deliver on its aggressive growth plans. Must have knowledge of fibre characteristics, link loss budget calculations, cascaded splitting, FTTH architecture, external FTTH materials and a good working knowledge of the BT PIA infrastructure and rules for its use. An understanding of OTDR trace results would be advantageous.

Working with Freedom Fibre

We operate in a relaxed and industrious atmosphere. You will be encouraged to speak out and contribute wherever you feel you have something to offer. We are flexible with working hours so you can enjoy a relatively stress-free commute or work from home to create the best possible work/life balance, that suits you and Freedom Fibre.

We offer an attractive package including bonus, generous pension, private health care and flexible working along with other benefits.

Freedom Fibre is an equal opportunity employer

We are committed to being a successful, caring and welcoming place for all employees. We want to create a supportive and inclusive environment where our employees can reach their full potential, without prejudice and discrimination. We are committed to a culture where respect and understanding is fostered, and the diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances will be positively valued.

Place of work

The place of work will be offices in Irlam, near Manchester.

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