Project Planners - All Levels

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The Opportunity

We are looking for Project Planners to joins us at Leonardo in Edinburgh.


Leonardo is a global leader in defence electronics and delivers mission critical systems for situational awareness, electronic warfare and surveillance across land, sea and air. The Radar and Advanced Targeting line of business, based in Edinburgh, is uniquely positioned as one of the world's top manufacturers of radars, lasers and infra-red countermeasure systems.


We are a diverse mix of planning professionals, from entry level Project Planners through to Senior, Principal and Leads who together bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our planning function.


You will have the opportunity to embed yourself in the Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) to ensure effective project planning and control is delivered.


We have exciting opportunities available for planning professionals, from those just embarking on their planning career through to the more experienced senior and principal planning practitioner roles.  We are currently offering roles at levels to match your planning skillset and experience.


What can we offer you:


  • Annual leave of 25 days plus bank holidays
  • Free parking
  • Award-winning pension scheme, including an attractive employer contribution
  • Flexible working and additional flex-leave schemes to give you the time and flexibility you need to enjoy a balanced life
  • Access to thousands of online courses free of charge via Coursera
  • Salary sacrifice schemes
  • Onsite Occupational Health Service to look after your physical and mental wellbeing, and keep you safe at work
  • Restaurant facilities, including a coffee shop and restaurant
  • Employee discount schemes for you and your family, including retail, cinema, hotel bookings and vehicle benefits
  • Family friendly policies
  • Paternity, parental, adoption and dependent leave
  • Learning & Development – we will assess your development needs in line with the role you wish to perform, to allow you to further develop your knowledge
  • Career breaks – where appropriate, we support you to pursue other interests outside the workplace
  • Positive support for the Reserve Forces, including additional time off for Reservists


What you will do

  • Accountable to the Lead Project Planner/ Project Controls Manager for the quality and integrity of project plans and schedule analysis in terms of time, cost and resources
  • Compile standard suites of reports to ensure project manager has up to date and accurate information
  • Verify the maintenance and accuracy of project plans, ensuring that they reflect the project objectives, are updated in a timely manner and communicated at all relevant levels
  • Track weekly/monthly project performance plans to ensure project data accuracy.
  • Gather data in standard formats from other business areas to support project/planning analysis.
  • Co-ordinate activities with other related business areas to support the planning process.
  • Manage and communicate issues to senior management
  • For the more experienced roles, you would also deliver:
  • Professional planning and control, providing expertise to the business area with the ability to challenge cost and schedule performance
  • Effective resource planning, determining the project requirements and planning accordingly.
  • Proactive management and resolution of resourcing issues and conflicts with stakeholders
  • Planning and project control processes through regular project control reviews
  • Application and reporting of EVM & CPA
  • Understanding Risk and Opportunity management and maintenance
  • The implementation of best practise tools and processes to drive planning improvements
  • Outstanding customer service, delivering on agreed performance targets
  • Bid planning
  • Team metrics and reports


Dependent on experience, you may also lead planning activities and initiatives.  You may supervise, mentor and coach less experienced planners, identifying development needs and maximising the performance and potential of employees


What we are looking for

  • Planning and project controls with an understanding of project management methodologies
  • Familiarity with project lifecycle management techniques
  • Risk, Earned Value Management and Critical Path awareness
  • Familiar working knowledge of SAP and planning/project management systems.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload
  • Knowledge or awareness of Leonardo product portfolio
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organisational skills, demonstrated through ability to plan, prioritise and time manage
  • Personal presence and credibility
  • Innovative
  • Team player
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail



For the more experienced roles, you would also bring to us:

  • Ability to provide supervision and support to team  on planning and project control techniques, including the training of new starts and the ongoing development of team members
  • A positive contributor to the IPT, working with multiple functions including Engineering, Finance, Commercial, Procurement, Manufacturing & Supply Chain.
  • Ability to influence and motivate project teams
  • Experienced in Risk, Earned Value Management and Critical Path Analysis
  • Challenge the forecast of schedule and cost to achieve high quality project plans
  • Experienced in use of one or more Planning/ERP Tools (e.g. SAP, Oracle P6)


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