Project Planner

Last updated 14 days ago
Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time


Milton Keynes, GB

Department Name

Route Services

About Network Rail

Key Vacancy Information

Vacancy Type:Full-time, but flexible working patterns will be considered.


Location:The Quadrant, Milton Keynes - applicants should live within 90 minutes of The Quadrant

Closing date:05 March 2021

Band & Salary:Band 4C, £40,107 - £45,120

For more information, please see the job pack attached to this advert

Brief Description

Our PMO & Planning teams provide governance, support & assurance for the Route Services CAPEX Portfolio. You'll play a key part in monitoring all projects & programmes seeing that they delivered properly on time and budget, by reviewing lifecycle, milestones and ensuring our investments properly set up. We create period reports for our leadership team on progress - what the plan looks like, how it's going.

Who we are looking for?

We want dynamic individuals with great people skills. The teams works closely together so you'll be collaborating closely with colleagues and customers working towards a common goal to ensure Route Services delivers outstanding service for passenger and freight users via our internal customers. You'll be able to hold your own in challenging situations.

In return you'll be part of a team where respect works both ways. You'll be given the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas. You'll join a team who understand that everyone has different work/life situations, you'll be empowered to manage your own time. We know how to work hard and when to have a laugh, we work closely together to create a great atmosphere where everyone feels included.

We are committed to a diverse workplace enriched with representation from diverse cultures, backgrounds and skills. We pride ourselves on creating an environment where difference is embraced, and individuals can thrive. We recognise that the success of the team is dependent on a multi-cultural, multi-disciplined group of individuals, aligned to deliver successful financial solutions.

Did you know we have six employee networks?

About the role (External)

The role

As a Project Planner you'll develop project or integration programme plans / schedules on behalf of programme and project managers in order to meet overall requirements of the client / business in most efficient and reliable manner.

What will you be doing?

  • To interact and become a key member of the project delivery team providing a quality service to support the effective delivery of the project.

  • To interact and support the effective information sharing / collection with all the project stakeholders in an appropriate manner.

  • Prepare a project work breakdown structure and plan / schedule which can deliver the project objectives and providing effective project performance measurement and reporting.

  • To develop the appropriate quality plan / schedule in line with the project scheduling principles and processes.

  • Monitor and progress the plan / schedule and make changes as required.Develop recovery schedules and contingency plans to meet changed objectives as necessary.

  • Input the planning issues into the project's critical issues risk log.Review planning risks and monitor whether the risk register is updated accordingly.

  • Report actual performance and variance against plan and forecast outcomes.Highlight key milestone and critical path issues to members of the team, provide an assessment of the impact of such issues and recommend solutions to correct the position.

  • Monitor and audit contractor plans. Monitor contractor's planning processes so that they comply with Network Rail procedure requirements.

  • Interrogate contractor's statement of progress for schedule adherence and payment purposes.

  • Identify key resource requirements and monitor that these are properly booked and availability is maintained.

Do you meet the following criteria?


  • Relevant experience in the successful scheduling of projects

  • Knowledge of railway investment planning systems

  • Experience of using several project management scheduling tools & techniques

  • Excellent Microsoft Project and Excel skills


  • Membership of a relevant Professional Body

  • Strong skills in using Microsoft Project

  • Understanding of the engineering requirements of work on the railway

  • Understanding of project delivery processes, frameworks, methodologies and delivery lifecycles

  • Knowledge of Quantitative Schedule Risk Analysis

How to apply (External)

For more information, please click apply and see the job pack attached to this advert

Our colleagues are encouraged to work flexibly as we know that busy lives don't always fit around a traditional working pattern, if you need flexibility to complete your role (eg home working, part time, job share, compressed hours work pattern etc.), just let us know and we will do our upmost to help you to invest in your career with us while balancing other aspects of your life