Project Planner


Project Planner

Would you like the opportunity to join a growing part of Maritime Submarines and work on interesting and dynamic projects, influencing the future development of Project Planning & Control across our latest submarine platforms? We currently have a vacancy for a Project Planner.

As a Project Planner, you will be working in collaboration with the Project Management team and leading other Project Planning & Control professionals in the creation, implementation and maintenance of accurate schedules and support documentation serving multiple submarine programmes.

This is fantastic opportunity to be part of the Complex Systems and Support area of Maritime Submarines, which designs, builds, integrates and supports all the Submarine Combat Systems in the UK fleet. We operate an excellent flexible working policy and welcome all applicants including possible job share and flexible working hours.

Your main responsibilities as a Project Planner will involve:

Creating project schedules to an appropriate level, primarily within the corporate Primavera P6 planning tool

Understanding the underlying logic and rational of the contents of the P6 schedule and maintain it accordingly, including ensuring all planning assumptions are documented.

Ensuring all project dependencies are reflected in the schedules and are appropriately linked to the "internal supplier" or "internal customer" schedules to support an integrated master schedule.

Monitoring key resource demand from the schedules and agreeing with the project manager any corrective actions to be taken within resource availability constraints.

For longer duration projects, conducting "rolling-wave" planning to maintain sufficient detail in the schedule as the project progresses.

Gathering monthly project progress (from internal and external stakeholders) in order to update schedules in line with project reporting timelines and best practice.

Tracking actual expenditure against the approved budget baseline and agreeing with the Project Manager the updated monthly forecast.

Extracting Earned Value data from the relevant reporting tools and provide recommendations to enable the Project Manager to make informed decisions on the Estimate at Completion.

Managing any project change through the business Performance Measurement Baseline Change Request process and implementing all agreed changes in the P6 schedule.

Your skills and qualifications as a Project Planner:


A good level of appreciation of the project management discipline.

Previous demonstrable experience in planning / project controls within a complex technical/engineering environment.

Excellent communications skills and the ability to engage with a range of stakeholders at all levels of the organisation


Whilst not essential, experience in working with Primavera P6, Microsoft Project and SAP tools would be highly desirable.

Experience in using Microsoft Office (especially Excel)

Experience in the application of Earned Value Management

Schedule Risk Analysis experience would also be desirable.

What we're looking for in you:

You will be a team player with a willingness to support other colleagues.

You will be able to act independently, prioritise your work as required and challenge decisions that you consider may be at variance with the rules and guidance provided by the Project Planning& Controls function.

You are comfortable working in a fast pace project environment with varying demands on your time.

You are willing to contribute to the ongoing development and transformation of the project controls environment within the organisation.

What you can expect from us:

The chance to be part of a wider team providing important military capability to our Ministry of Defence Customer (MoD) customer

The opportunity to work on some of the most advanced and complex engineering projects

A working business environment that puts doing the right thing, both legally and ethically, first to win the trust of all its stakeholders

Working within a close-knit Complex Systems& Support Planning & Project Controls community with a common identity

Location: Frimley

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries

Complex Systems and Support:

Complex Systems and Support (CS&S) is part of BAE Systems Submarines. We predominantly supply to the UK MoD but with smaller derivative work done in support of international Customers. Our team is responsible for system design, build and/or procurement of the major electronic and mechanical systems on a submarine, as well as provision of test, integration and support services.

Innovation is central to our DNA and has produced the Common Combat System (CCS) to address the customer’s affordability, technology and capability challenges. It is based on commercial off-the-shelf technology (COTS) coupled with bespoke military hardware and software and is being progressively rolled-out into the UK's Submarine flotilla.

We effectively incorporate rapidly evolving, commercial technology, new capabilities and changes coming from the operational environment into long-term build, maintenance and in-service programmes.

As a 'system of systems' integrator we work closely with our Customer, partners and suppliers to develop and provide innovative, intelligent and value for money solutions across all classes of UK Submarine both in build and in service with the Royal Navy, ensuring our submariners always have world-class, safe, capable and available products.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.