Project Planner – Irlam, Manchester

The Role

The Project Planner will develop, monitor, analyse and report on project plans adding value through experience and skills, challenging where required and being able to liaise with various stakeholders and prepare reports for project teams and management.

Core responsibilities

  • Create, maintain, review and administer project schedules and plans for multiple projects in line with the planning cycle.

  • Apply good baseline management and liaise with the designers and build teams to discuss and review the progress of projects and implement corrective action plans as appropriate.

  • Apply good level of planning control, governance and reporting using best practice including Earned Value Management reporting, variance analysis and the preparation of corrective action plans.

  • To work closely with the regional project/cost teams, contractor partners and suppliers to ensure that plans are updated and maintained on a regular basis to reflect progress within the agreed planning cycle.

  • Apply risk and contingency management plans and identify any serious deviations to the plans that will impact project performance.

  • Maximise the benefits of Microsoft Project including the exporting of data into Microsoft Excel format for reporting and analysis.

  • Identify and manage changes to the work scope and track changes.

  • To develop Company controls/planning and reporting policies and procedures.

  • To be able to confidently present project performance to management and design/build teams.

  • Support the development and training of staff in project planning and Earned Value Management

  • Prepare short and long-term resource allocation plans based on input from project teams.

  • Gather actual data, update project schedule, and develop reliable schedule forecast with support from project team.

Key result areas

  • Extensive experience of managing large multiple discipline project plans, each with a value of ca. £10m, in a similar industry e.g. construction, telecoms etc.

  • Able to demonstrate good knowledge and practical application of Earned Value Management for tracking project costs, time, resources and the management of risk.

  • Able to demonstrate a clear level of planning control, governance and reporting through previous experience.

  • Able to demonstrate good planning management to effectively manage project deviations and support teams in producing corrective action plans to mitigate potential cost and time overruns.

  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively liaise and communicate with surveyors, designers, and build team members to ensure that weekly updates are provided in a timely manner.

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Project and Excel and its practical application to projects.

  • Producing progress reports and forecasts for team members, management and stakeholders that are informative and succinct.

  • Demonstrate an ability to problem solving.

Reporting to

Contracts/Project Manager



Experience & personal attributes


  • A bachelor's degree in an engineering related field, including building management, construction engineering, building studies, surveying, and civil engineering

Relevant Experience

  • 5-10 years planning experience in a multi-disciplinary project environment

Aptitude, skills and abilities

  • Proficient in the use of MS Project and Microsoft Office Excel

  • Primavera P6 (desirable)

  • Ability to work in a team

  • Problem solving skills

  • Work well under pressure

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Analytical thinking skills

  • Knowledge of large multi-disciplinary projects

  • Ability to use initiative.

  • Must maintain a good and pragmatic working relationship with internal teams and contractors

Personal Attributes

  • Attention to detail

  • Punctual

  • Strong performer

  • Think outside the box

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.

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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