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Jacobs Senior Planning Manager in Wokingham, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40 countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay, free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships.

We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Senior Planning Manager with expertise in Primavera to join our dynamic team, responsible for implementing, monitoring and controlling project schedules across our diverse portfolio.

Working closely with the Head of Planning and PMO Director, the successful candidate will drive a transformative agreed process for integrated planning at all levels, ensuring alignment with project goals and objectives.

The role will play a vital part in enabling that all deliverables and tasks within the portfolio of work remain within their approved time and cost envelope, ensuring that the programme remains aligned to the clients’ strategy and affordability.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Own the Project schedules for the NNEP framework, supporting Projects Managers in delivering the scope of complex scheme to time, cost, quality, and compliance.

  • Maintaining performance and contractual baselines, producing critical path analysis on fully resourced and cost loaded project plans, monitoring changes, and reporting on early warnings and variations.

  • Ensure all planning responsibilities and outputs are undertaken by SQEP individuals, providing quality and assurance checks to ensure accuracy, completeness, and compliance with contractual requirements.

  • Lead planning and scheduling meetings to review progress, identify potential issues and implement corrective actions where needed.

  • Produce milestone reports to present progress across core deliverables to senior leaders.

  • Conduct regular audit checks of project schedules to ensure strong governance and successful management of business deliverables, risks, benefits and opportunities.

  • Manage and coach a team of subject matter experts appropriately to ensure successful delivery of planning activities.

Here’s what you’ll need :

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Strong leadership skills, experienced in leading teams and advising senior colleagues to enable delivery of our business goals.

  • Established expert and advanced project planning professional with a track record of delivering projects to time and cost quality standards across all stages of a project lifecycle.

  • Proven track record of implementing effective schedule management and change control processes.

  • Good understanding of NEC contracts, with the ability to understand multiple contractual arrangements and supporting program methodologies.

  • Demonstrable skills to exert influence, with the ability to challenge and drive momentum across all levels.

  • Strong knowledge of best practice policies, processes and procedures required to execute a strong, effective management framework.

  • Experienced user of Primavera and Microsoft Office applications.

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with well-developed presentation style and experience of senior level presentations.

Our Culture

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role

If you require further support or reasonable adjustments with regards to the recruitment process (for example, you require the application form in a different format), please contact the team (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2) .

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