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28 Jul 2020

Full-Time SDA Principle Scheduler

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Thurso, 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

If you are an experienced Scheduler with a talent for communicating, influencing and embracing change then this could be the ideal position for you. Are you fed up with road congestion, traffic jams and petrol fumes on your way to work? Would you love to swap this for beautiful rural countryside, driving past fields, sheep and open space? Take this opportunity to work in Vulcan with all of this to offer, combined with all the adventures the outdoors has to offer; sea kayaking, hill climbing, fishing, surfing, a rural lifestyle and more.

The role supervises schedule development, maintenance, monitoring, and recovery plan development activities. Responsible for planning and scheduling activities for large projects; or major sub-portfolios with significant non-routine requirements; or discipline/project/proposal estimating or staff planning activities that require a high degree of technical skill and experience.Supports/performs project organizational and administrative activities. Demonstrated skill in identifying, analysing, and providing innovative solutions to planning and scheduling problems. Provides generally non-routine scheduling guidance to projects.

Open to UK nationals only.


You will have extensive knowledge and a proven track record in planning and scheduling; demonstrating extensive application and knowledge of planning & scheduling tools and techniques and experience in the leadership, development and coaching of planning and scheduling individuals, alongside demonstrable experience of Primavera P6 or equivalent planning and scheduling software in addition to corporate performance reporting.

You will combine your specialist scheduling expertise with a talent and passion for problem solving, engaging with and managing people, to challenge, negotiate and influence at all levels across the business building relationships with key stakeholders and supporting the wider team in adhering to scheduling best practice.

As a Principal Scheduler, you will work with colleagues across the project team and our industrial suppliers to define and agree how the project schedule will be structured and monitored. You will provide planning & schedule perspective input to a diverse range of key project decision support outputs across multiple functional areas. You will have demonstrable experience of setting and maintaining the Performance Measurement Baseline, managing an Earned Value Management system, performance monitoring and baseline change control.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will be able to demonstrate recent experience of working within a Commercial setting. You will provide monthly reporting and analysis including critical path, milestones, resourcing, EVM to ensure governance meetings are focused on areas requiring attention.

Although this post is advertised in Vulcan, applications in Abbeywood, Bristol would also be considered.

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 and APM PQ qualification.
• Competent with extensive experience in a similar role that includes project schedule development and maintenance on complex projects across different CADMID phases.
• It would be essential for you to have a demonstrable experience of Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques and Primavera P6 or equivalent planning and scheduling software, across different levels of complexity throughout the project life cycle

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

• Change Management
• Controllling a project

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

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 SDA, 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.


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ attached or click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.



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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, Defence, Project Controls, Scheduler, and Scotland. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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