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Lead Planner

Published 01 February 2024
£40000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Job Starts: 1st February 2024
Supply Chain

Job Description

  • Lead Planner
  • Loughborough
  • Hybrid working 4 office/1 home
  • £40,000-£50,000

We are looking for a Lead Planner to support our client as part of ongoing growth within the team. They are a leading engineering solutions provider and are looking to add some firepower to the team.

Based in Loughborough, the role would be vital within the planning department; ensuring the successful planning, scheduling, and execution of projects. You would also be responsible for developing, maintaining, and communicating project schedules, identifying critical path activities, and proactively managing risks and opportunities to ensure the project is delivered on time, in full and within budget.

The ideal candidate would have a strong supply chain background, within construction, engineering or manufacturing companies. You would also be proficient across Microsoft projects, with qualifications within this area desirable. Your background would also show a proven track record of these criteria and you would be able to demonstrate and expand on suitable examples.


  • Collaborate with project teams to develop and maintain end-to-end project plans through engineering, procurement, manufacturing, installation and commissioning.
  • Ensure the project plans align with the company objectives and client requirements.
  • Work closely with project managers and department heads to allocate resources efficiently, including labour, materials, and equipment.
  • Identify potential risks and opportunities related to project schedules.
  • Monitor resource utilisation and recommend adjustments to optimise project performance.
  • Develop and maintain project schedules, identifying critical paths, resource pinch points and potential bottlenecks.
  • Regularly update internal and external stakeholders on progress of project, including escalation points and delays etc.
  • Support the sales and commercial operations teams in allocating production slots in line with the sales pipeline.
  • Utilise the project plans to support the business in creating revenue and cashflow forecasts.
  • Foster effective communication between project teams, subcontractors, and stakeholders.
  • Support the Project Managers in developing mitigation and contingency plans to address schedule-related issues.
  • Regular progress reports to senior management, highlighting key achievements, challenges, and proposed solutions.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Good understanding of Engineering, Procurement and Construction projects.
  • Proven experience as a project planner with expertise in cost-based project planning and earned value management.
  • Strong Competence within Microsoft Project
  • Proficiency in project management software, such as Primavera P6, Microsoft Project, or equivalent.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team and mentor junior staff.
  • Strong knowledge of cost control principles, including budgeting and financial analysis (Desirable)
  • Experience building, configuring and administering enterprise data structures (Desirable).
  • Bachelor's degree in project management, engineering, or a related field (Desirable).
  • Master's degree in project management, engineering, or a related field (Desirable).
  • Formal Project Management Qualification (Desirable).
  • Formal Planning / Scheduling Qualification (Desirable).

If this sounds like your next role, then please apply now!

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