Lead Planner

Title - Lead Planner

Category - Project Management

Location - Cambridge, United Kingdom

Type - Permanent

Status - Full Time

Closing Friday, July 21, 2017

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Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest independent aerospace and defence companies in the world delivering innovation and excellence in engineering, support solutions and services in the air, on land and at sea.
We specialise in the conversion, modification, maintenance and support of civil and military aircraft, defence vehicle engineering, shelter manufacture, composite solutions and the provision of personnel, training and advice. We are renowned and respected worldwide for our quality of service, engineering excellence, flexibility and reliability.
Part of the 105 year-old Marshall Group of Companies, which has an annual turnover of £1.3 billion, we have over 80 years of aviation experience and have completed over 1500 aircraft modifications in 35 countries. Within our land systems capability, we have designed, manufactured, delivered and supported more than 5000 tactical shelters in over 200 different configurations.

Marshall ADG currently has a vacancy for a Lead Planner.
Job Description:
•Design and build of project plans within MSProject and P6.
•Provide support to the research, development, implementation, and maintenance of integrated master plans and schedules, processes, and practices. 
•Responsible for the monitoring and measurement of progress, the identification and working of program-wide issues, and addressing of tasks received from project management and external agencies with respect to integrated master schedules and plans. 
•Assist with the integration of activities of all functions in the contract, ensuring that they flow smoothly together to achieve the objective results. 
•Assist in the definition of, and articulate problems in the conduct of the program, and propose and help implement workable solutions to remedy those problems.  The problems, as well as the solutions, will not necessarily be obvious, and will require extrapolative thinking. 
•Clearly communicate issues and resolutions to project management in both written and verbal means.  Prepare presentations to senior management containing metrics and explanations of data. 
•Assist in negotiation with the customer to achieve an advantage in the scheduling and management of the program. 
•Responsible for contract deliverables related to the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) and Integrated Master Plan (IMP). 
•Assist in the coordination of program-wide review meetings with appropriate personnel (ie. team leads, government contacts and program management) by coordinating agendas and minutes.  The individual will assist in the closure of assigned follow-up actions resulting from program-wide reviews.  May lead program review meetings for scheduling. 
•Understand the impacts of schedule issues to not only the program and related reporting, but how those conditions impact internal financial projects 
•Support the staff in preparing to pass all internal and external audits.  Provides direction to lower level staff. 
•Maintains up-to-date knowledge of relevant discipline(s), industry practices, trends, and applications.  Advises management on new developments and programs. 
•May direct the work of less senior personnel. 
•Maintains a safe work environment and ensures compliance with safety objectives and policies. 

Minimum Education and Experience:
•Bachelor's Degree and minimum 5 years work experience or equivalent experience 
•MSProject and Primavera trained

Required Skills and Education:
•Expert knowledge of schedule tools such as Microsoft Project, Primavera and Excel spreadsheets to assist the IPTs in development of meaningful schedules. 
•Expert knowledge of program cost/schedule, earned value management, monitoring and measurement of progress, identifying and solving program-wide issues, and addressing tasks received from senior management and external agencies. 
•Ability to write procedures to communicate to IPT Leads how to ease/improve the planning/scheduling process. Good interpersonal skills to coordinate and communicate with IPT leads, program management, and customer representatives. Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner to customer/management. 
•Scheduling experience on major/complex programs. 
•Ability to lead and give direction to lower level staff. 
•High level of analytical ability to develop and maintain integrated program plan and schedule system that analyzes, integrates, and formats cost/schedule information to program management and customers.  Provides risk reduction implementation plans to project personnel. 
•Understanding of overall program life cycle activities and how they relate to the integrated master schedule and the claiming of earned value. 
•Understanding of how an Aerospace business works in relation to internal financial projection including but not limited to order intake, sales, profit, working capital elements affecting cash, etc., etc. 
•Has working knowledge and is at ease discussing contractual, programmatic and technical topics as they relate to program scheduling and execution. 
•Ability to function with minimal direct guidance and achieve job objectives with a significant degree of independence. 

Preferred Skills and Education:
Required Skills plus APM/PMP certification would be the additional preferred credentials. 

Marshall ADG offers employees an attractive reward package. This comprises:
•Competitive base salary
•Discretionary bonus scheme
•25 days holiday plus bank holidays
•Generous company pension scheme
•Access to a healthcare plan
•An excellent flexible benefit scheme

Access to a discount scheme which offers substantial savings with a range of retailers, hotel chains, holiday companies, etc.
Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained, attainment of either a SC (Security Check), Disclosure Scotland Criminal Record Check or Foreign Police Check (whichever is applicable depending on duration of UK residency) and, as applicable, a medical assessment.  Access to US technical data by employees requires prior Trade Control function approval. Clearance must be carried out against all applicable US export control authorisations.
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