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12 Feb 2021

Full-Time DE&S Planner/Scheduler Lead

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Description


£39,100 – £46,000, per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

The Project Controls function has an opportunity for a Planner/Scheduler to support and lead the planning process and the scheduling activities of a wide variety of projects within DE&S. As the Planner/Scheduler Lead, you will be expected to (but not be limited to):

• Provide leadership, supervision and direction to support junior planners and schedulers; set and assure standards are complied with including supplier integration or integration of dependencies with other projects or Stakeholder schedules.
• Lead planning / scheduling effort for new baselines including running workshops and co-ordinating and managing efforts of others.
• Conduct analysis of supplier schedules and scheduling processes and integrate activities into the DE&S baseline.
• Interrogate supplier data to understand status and forecast for remaining work, also to provide analysis and insight to support the assessment of the suppliers performance
• Ensure baselines are maintained under change control as well as updating progress and remaining work to drive and control project(s)/portfolio.
• Provide monthly reporting and analysis including critical path, milestones, resourcing, and Earned Value Management (EVM) to ensure governance meetings are focused on areas requiring attention
• Conduct schedule risk analysis and assess the outputs to inform stakeholders
• Support the development of scheduling standards and procedures and delivery of training.
• Conduct health checks and audit across Portfolio to ensure maturity and standards are maintained to DE&S/SDA policy.
• Communicate project schedule performance data to key members of the project, programme and leadership.
• Influence stakeholders within the Project, as well as wider DE&S/SDA and Supply chain within the planning and scheduling technical field

Experience of Primavera P6 (or equivalent planning and scheduling software) and Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques from a variety of project environments (including different complexity levels and throughout the project lifecycle) would be required.


In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

• Understanding planning methodologies and implementation into projects
• Developing, managing and progressing schedules
• Have an understanding of wider Project Controls and other functions in order to ensure data is captured correctly
• Engagement wider initiatives to develop your own skills and others around you
• Developing strong working relationships and working collaboratively with wider stakeholders across all areas and levels of the organisation
• Ability to generate and interpret data with the skills to be able to communicate clearly to multiple stakeholders at different levels.

It would be desirable for you to have a demonstrable ability to provide coaching and support to upskill staff within and outside of the scheduling function.

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Scheduling-specific knowledge equivalent to a Technical or Business degree (level 5 qualification or equivalent)
• Competent with extensive experience in a similar role that includes project schedule development and maintenance on complex projects across different CADMID phases

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• APM PQ qualification

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Setting the project/programme context
• Controlling a project

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Changing and improving
• Communicating and influencing

What’s in it for you?
You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team
The Project Controls Function is responsible for providing the right information, at the right time, to support better-informed decisions. Driving accountability, responsibility and efficiency across DE&S, our Project Controls teams are involved in all phases of every project helping to predict and oversee the time and cost management of these projects. From Estimating, Risk Management and Cost Control, to Planning and Scheduling and Project Controls Management, our people are crucial to the successful delivery of our work.

How to Apply

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, Defence, Glasgow, Lead, Planner, and Scheduler. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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