Senior Project Planner – Irlam, Manchester

The Role

The Senior Project Planner will develop, monitor, analyse project plans and report progress against the baseline and drive delivery within the internal and external team. Undertake ‘what/if’ scenario planning and develop appropriate mitigations with various stakeholders and prepare / present reports for project teams and management.

Core Responsibilities

  • Expert user of Microsoft Project and/or Primavera P6 planning software with an overall understanding of the Enterprise database

  • A detailed understanding of infrastructure type projects from the design, construction and commissioning phases

  • Able to accurately define project programmes and schedules with clarity, incorporating input from internal and external partners, ensuring dependencies, constraints, logic links and ownership is clear and that assumptions are consistent across the project

  • Must be able to work under own initiative and as part of a team in the production of both project and tender Programmes for short, medium and long-term planning

  • Able to communicate with impact; experience in working with various stakeholders with minimal supervision

  • Experience in preparing project resource histograms, cost and resource forecasts

  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of Project Controls Techniques including, budget and spend management and change control

  • Application of good baseline management through the liaison with the internal and external design, build and assurance teams. Review project progress, undertake updates and implement corrective action plans as appropriate to address programme slippages

  • Apply good level of planning control, governance and reporting using best practice including trend/variance analysis and Earned Value Management

  • To work closely with the internal teams and design/build partners 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 as appropriate and identify any serious deviations to the programme that will impact project performance and business targets

  • Identify and manage changes to the work scope and track changes within the programme/plans

  • Lead the development of Company controls/planning and reporting policies and procedures

  • Lead the development and training of staff in project planning

Reporting to

Project Manager


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

Skills and Experience

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

  • Expert user of MS Project and/or Primavera P6 and proficient with the use of Microsoft Office Excel

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Problem solving skills

  • Work well under pressure

  • 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

  • Attention to detail

  • Punctual

  • Strong performer

  • Thinks outside the box

Our Ideal Fit

Someone who is a team player and willing to get their sleeves rolled up from time to time in order to take this business from start-up to industry leader.

Working with Freedom Fibre

We operate in a relaxed and industrious atmosphere where you’ll be encouraged to speak out and contribute where ever you feel you have something to offer. Our offices are open from 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 benefits package that includes discretionary bonuses, a generous pension, private healthcare, flexible working and more.

Freedom Fibre is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are committed to being a successful, caring and welcoming place for all employees.

Place of Work

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



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