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Principal Planner

General information


Ref. 000151


Closing Date: 05/04/2019


Job Description

We are looking to recruit a Principal Planner to join our, vibrant community of professionals within the Security & Information Systems Division of Leonardo.


You will be engaged within the Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection area with a focus on large scale strategic integrated Security Surveillance & Control Systems including Electro-Optic and Radar Sensors and Command and Control software.


The purpose is to implement the Planning and the Risk management process, supporting Project Managers during executions of divisional bids and programmes.  This is required to support the growth of the Homeland Security & Critical National Infrastructure Protection Line of Business.


You will be responsible for Project Controls Management within Security & Information Systems Division for detailed planning packages in accordance with the project's work breakdown structure. This primarily includes project planning & monitoring and reports of schedule variances, risks, earned value and costs, progress measurement analysis with generation of s-curves, manpower histograms, risk distribution graphs and baseline schedules in Microsoft Project and/or Primavera P6.


We can help you develop your skills and offer great opportunities to develop and grow, so why not join us!


We offer fantastic opportunities for learning, development and professional growth. Your career will be massively varied. Learning on the job isn’t just a benefit – it’s a must!


We believe that our employees work best when they are able to achieve balance between work and other aspects of life! That’s why we are committed to designing policies and developing a working environment that promote the benefits and well-being of all our employees.


We want to support you and encourage you to fulfil your potential through:

  • Flex-leave schemes: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life.
  • Learning & Development: We help assess your development needs in line with the role you wish to perform, and allow you to further develop your knowledge.
  • Award-winning pension scheme: Our multi-award-winning pension scheme includes generous employer contribution.
  • Employee discount schemes: We offer you and your family an attractive range of discounts from retail and cinema to hotel bookings and vehicles benefits.
  • Reserve Forces: We provide positive support to the Reserve Forces and allow employees who are Reservists to take additional time off.
  • Generous relocation package: We offer an excellent package to ease the move for people relocating for work.
  • Salary sacrifice schemes including childcare voucher scheme: We encourage working parents to save money on childcare by offering them several advantageous facilities and vouchers.
  • Career break: Where appropriate, we support our employees in pursuing other interests outside the workplace.




Key Responsibility Areas

  • Creating and updating Project Schedules of the Integrated Project Plan for execution (both pre and post contract).
  • Clear and regular communication on inputs/outputs of Schedule updates to project stakeholders in UK and at International sites.
  • Creating and updating performance management systems (such as Earned Value, Progress Measurement systems, etc.). This includes generation of Progress S-Curve for Actual v Planned with early, late & mean dates.
  • Resource levelling of the project schedule to provide realistic manpower/forward load of resources allocated on projects.
  • Execution of the Risk management process, including creation and regular updates of risk & opportunity registers.
  • Compilation of monthly metrics/KPIs and Project Performance Data at project, programme and portfolio levels.
  • Other responsibilities for the role include:
  • Analysis and control of costs and schedule.
  • Adherence to planning standards across the integrated plan work packages.
  • Baseline project plan during bids and following Contract Acceptance.
  • Control of release status of execution project plans and Work Packages.
  • Consolidation of project costs and estimates to completion. Responsible for identification of cost and / or schedule reduction opportunities
  • Management of Sales Orders and Contracts on SAP (cost reports, invoicing, etc.)
  • Support of various process improvement initiatives.
  • Project Management support in producing pricing models during bids.



Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

  • Demonstrable competence in the development and continuous monitoring of complex Project Schedules (1000 tasks and beyond) at least in Microsoft Project.
  • The ability to learn to understand the processes and problems related to product delivery and contract terms and conditions.
  • Relationships - Ability to build and maintain productive relationships across all stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable competence in the development or Risk Register and facilitation of risk brainstorming sessions as well as regular reviews with IPT members (PMs, Engineering, Procurement, etc.)
  • Working to weekly deadlines.
  • Able to represent Leonardo in customer facing activities.
  • Organisation – the ability to prioritise and multi-task and to be well organised.
  • Communication – the ability to communicate clearly at all levels within the company and with customers, being able to articulate ideas in a clear and persuasive manner.
  • Information management - The ability to maintain accurate and up to date status information.
  • IT - A very good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Commercial and financial awareness.
  • The ability to develop solid working relationships with various stakeholders within the business and across the other UK/international sites, including Asia.
  • High flexibility in working long hours when required and international travelling (Travel UK/Asia might be required).





Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,600 employees. With its offices and industrial plants, the Company is present in 180 sites worldwide, with a significant industrial presence in four domestic markets (Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland) as well as strategic partnerships in the most important high potential international markets.


Contact information:

Recruitment Team

Email: leonardo.gb@mailhr.info

Phone: 0333 999 3379