Project Planner

Ref: ZR_6292_JOB  ·  Posted on 14 July 2021
Key responsibilities
  • Advising and supporting clients and colleagues on planning best practice and delivery methodology
  • Creating, reviewing, maintaining and administering Portfolio/ Programme/Project schedules
  • Identifying and maintaining dependencies across the delivery environment – often interacting with Agile delivery at Project level
  • Inputting to and reviewing of management products relevant to the schedules
  • Supporting the schedule update process
  • Carrying out analysis and assurance activities
  • Leading/facilitating planning workshops and training sessions
  • Proactively identifying and progressing opportunities to add value to strategic and tactical decision making
  • Using an understanding of the aspects of both ‘traditional’ and Agile projects to advise on the most appropriate planning practices
  • Supporting resource utilisation and planning analysis where appropriate
Skills & experience
  • Consulting experience within client environments, ideally including government and potentially with knowledge of excellent practices from other sectors that can drive client business process improvement
  • A solid understanding of one or more project and programme management methodologies
  • Practical and formal experience of both waterfall and Agile planning principles and methods
  • Consultancy and communication skills to ensure clarity in all situations and to effectively influence and advise.
  • A current understanding and working knowledge of the latest trends in planning practices, including one or more Agile methodologies
  • Primavera and / or Microsoft Project to an advanced level (formal and/or comparable experience)
  • An understanding of Agile delivery tools
  • An analytical thinker with creative and innovative problem-solving skills
  • Experience or knowledge concepts such as resourcing and resource levelling, progress measurement, earned value analysis, completion forecasting and status reporting 
  • Good Demonstrable report writing and presentation skills. 
  • Ability to develop effective communication channels with key stakeholders
  • Work as part of a team, sharing ideas and aiming for planning excellence
  • Ability to deliver effective training and coaching sessions to aid adoption and maturity of planning practices
  • Understanding of financial processes and the ability to report financial data
  • Strong Excel Skills and the ability to manipulate big data using spreadsheets
  • Working in a consultancy or customer- facing role (either with internal or external clients).
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