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Project Planner, 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 project stakeholders.

Core Responsibilities

  • Create, update, review and administer project schedules and plans for multiple projects in line with the planning cycle using Microsoft Project.

  • Ensure all interdependencies between projects and programmes are built into the schedule and the impact of these interdependencies is recorded and monitored on a regular basis.

  • Work closely with the regional project/cost teams, designers, contractor partners and suppliers to keep plans updated and maintained on a weekly basis to reflect progress and provide credible forecasts.

  • Maintain baseline schedules through change control, reflecting additional / modified / deleted scope and ensuring that the schedule integrity is preserved throughout

  • Provide critical path analysis and near-critical path float analysis including any changes brought about by schedule updates, highlighting any deviations from approved baseline dates.

  • Apply good level of planning control, governance and reporting using best practice, including using Earned Value Management principles to create lead measures.

  • Develop variance analysis and subsequent root cause analysis, followed by provision of narrative, recommendations & recovery plans

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

  • Make the best use of Microsoft Project`s features to develop a set of useful project controls, including the exporting of data to develop reporting and analysis.

  • Support the develop and continuous improvement of the Company controls/planning and reporting policies and procedures.

  • Able to confidently present project performance to management and design/build teams.

  • Able to communicate clearly and influence project stakeholders, championing the benefits of robust project controls and planning.

  • Challenge preconceptions and assumptions.

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

Reporting to

Senior Project Planner

Skill and Experience

  • Experience of working in project controls environment, managing large multiple discipline project plans, each with a value of ca. £10m, in a similar industry e.g., construction, infrastructure, etc.

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

  • Experience in at least two of the following: Programme Controls Management, Earned Value (EVM), Change & Risk Management, Planning, Project Controls and or PMO

  • 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.

  • Maintain a good and pragmatic working relationship with internal teams and contractors

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

  • Demonstrate rigour in following documented processes and governance

  • Demonstrate an ability to problem solving and to innovate in creative ways to meet the challenges of the changing project environment

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

  • Experience in construction and/or infrastructure projects

  • Other Project Scheduling Tools (e.g. Primavera P6, etc)

  • Experience with reporting tools (e.g., MS Power BI, Tableau, etc)

  • Experience using agile techniques applied to scheduling


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

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to work in a team

  • Excellent verbal and written communication

  • Problem solving skills

  • Work well under pressure

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Analytical thinking skills

  • Ability to use initiative

  • Punctual

  • Strong performer

  • Thinks outside the box

Our Ideal Fit

Someone who is a team player, they must be willing to get their sleeves rolled up from time to time, to take this business from what is a start-up to one that is an industry leader.

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. Our offices are open 07:00 through to 19:00 and we are happy to be 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 offer a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone, from any background can reach their full potential without prejudice and discrimination. We are committed to a culture where respect and understanding are fostered, and the diversity of our people is positively valued.

Place of Work

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



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