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Title Planning Manager
Ref HE/3480
Directorate Major Projects
Preferred Location Manchester/Birmingham/Leeds
Salary £47,304 - £54,400
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 06 Mar 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government company charged with driving forward our motorways and major A roads. Building on the successful 21 year heritage of the Highways Agency, we maintain and enhance the most important communications network in the country, the Strategic Roads Network. A network valued at just over £104 billion, which carries approximately one-third of all road traffic in England and nearly two-thirds of all heavy freight traffic.

We are responsible for modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However even more is planned to be done.

Our vision is to be the world’s leading road operator which means that we need to become a high performing organisation. It's an exciting time to start a Highways England career. With £11 billion to invest in major road improvements over the next 5 years, there’s an opportunity for you to be part of something special.

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Job Description

Job Description

Highways England are currently recruiting talented Planning Manager to be based in our either our Birmingham / Manchester / Leeds office.

Role Purpose:

As Planning manager you will provide a governance framework for Risk Management to deliver its Regional Investment Programme (RIP) in a safe, customer and delivery focussed manner.  

The role will ensure a strategic programmatic approach to Risk Management is developed and embedded into the RIP.

It will look to continuously improve the people capability, behaviours, culture, tools, processes and systems specific to Schedule Management. The role will focus on both service management of a team of Programme Planners across the programme, in a standardised approach, whilst engaging corporately with the organisation and supply chain

to establish and assure an appropriate hierarchy of Schedules to provide schedule control at all levels from programme to project to contract across all project stages.

Reporting to the Head of PMO


  • Demonstrate and engender Highways England values; Safety, Integrity, Passion, Teamwork and Ownership.
  • To establish, own and maintain the Planning processes, procedures, guideline and standards for the Regional Investment Programme ensuring alignment with wider Highways England planning processes.
  • Work across the Major Project and wider Highways England Organisation to develop consistent and best practice in planning.
  • Establish and maintain a live master schedule and associated baselines for the Regional Investment Programme. Undertake schedule impact assessment and scenario planning as required, to model the effect of programme changes.
  • Provide regular reports on schedule performance for Senior management and Programme teams. Identify and advise senior management on key programme level constraints, conflicts and resource peaks.
  • Work with and through the Regional Programme Planners to ensure consistent practice across the RIP Programme. Provide advice and guidance to the Regional Programme Planners and Regional PMO Managers on Planning.
  • Along with the Regional Programme Planners ensure schedules are fit for purpose at all levels and through all project stages by audit and inspection.
  • When necessary provide short term cover and support for Regional Programme Planners.
  • Support the regional and national risk managers in developing schedules suitable for undertaking Qualitative and Quantitive schedule risk assessment.
  • Develop, implement and maintain schedule related interfaces with all client and partner company systems to ensure accurate and timely transmission of data with the minimum effort.
  • Interface with and provide guidance to Project teams, Senior Responsible Officers, stakeholders, customers and delivery partners to ensure integration of project control tools and the flow of consistent accurate schedule data and information.
  • Interface with other teams, Procurement and Commercial colleagues as appropriate to ensure processes and controls meet the needs of the business, are compliant, and fit with overarching strategy and objectives.

You will have:

  • Experience of working in a multi project environment.
  • Experience of developing hierarchies of programme & project schedules effective at Programme, project & contract levels.
  • Expert knowledge & experience of scheduling tools especially Primavera P6.
  • Expertise in schedule analysis techniques and EVA.
  • Experience of establishing scheduling standards and guidance
  • Experience of managing & co-ordinating planning teams
  • Experience of Earned value management techniques.

Highways England aims to provide a modern flexible working environment. We are committed to creating a more diverse workforce, managed in an inclusive and trust based way. Be part of the future of our company. In return, we offer some excellent rewards including 26 days holiday, increasing by 1 day per completed year up to a maximum of 31 day and 8 days public holiday, childcare vouchers and access to a Competitive defined contribution pension scheme.

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all required skills, experience and qualifications as outlined above are clearly demonstrated within your CV.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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