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Planning Consultant

Atkins - Defence
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Closing date
5 Sep 2022

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Clearance Level
DV, SC, None / Undisclosed
Aerospace, Defence, Security
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Empowering projects in a complex world.

Are you ready to take up a vital role in shaping some of our exciting Portfolios, Programmes and Projects? How about joining our talented team, where everyone has a voice, and together we face our clients' problems head-on. It's a diverse and inclusive work environment where world-class talent knows no distinction.

We know that different people have different priorities, which is why we're here to support you.

Flexible and remote working is a central part of our culture. So, talk to us about what's ideal for you – from reduced weeks or compressed hours, to buying more leave over school holidays. And if you're returning from a career break, ask us how we can help you transition back into work with us.

As a Consultant Programme and Project Planner in 'Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology' (ADS&T), you'll be part of our Portfolio, Programme and Project (P3M) Practice. In your role you will be working with our clients, suppliers and Atkins teams to enable and achieve maximum benefits from digital transformation and innovative operations.

You will provide consultancy advice on best practice, facilitate planning workshops as well as building, analysing and maintaining schedules on behalf of the schedule owner. At Programme level, the Planner will provide quality assurance across the delivery environment in line with the chosen methodology and against approved planning standards and policy. You will also provide training and coaching to the Project Management community where appropriate.

Your purpose:

Advise and support clients and colleagues on planning best practice and delivery methodology.
Create, review, maintain and administer Portfolio/ Programme/Project schedules.
Identify and maintain dependencies across the delivery environment – often interacting with Agile delivery at Project level.
Input to and review of management products relevant to the schedules.
Support the schedule update process.
Carry out analysis and assurance activities.
Lead/facilitate planning workshops and training sessions.
Proactively identify and progress opportunities to add value to strategic and tactical decision making.
Use an understanding of the aspects of both ‘traditional’ and Agile projects to advise on the most appropriate planning practices.
Support resource utilisation and planning analysis where appropriate.
What you can bring?

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.
Why work for Atkins?

People join us because they share a desire to be at the forefront of the ADS&T Business Unit and deliver outstanding projects. We empower our people to be the professional individuals they want to be, working on projects they feel proud of, making a difference to the world they live in and the legacy they leave behind.

We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive, without exception. We have signed the MoD's "Women in Defence" and "Women in Aviation and Aerospace" charters. These pledges include providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. We're also committed to being a Military friendly employer and have been recognised with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Gold Employer Recognition Award.

We develop individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house as well as external training for all our staff.

Meeting your needs:

When you start with us, you'll enjoy "Total Reward", a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs. From flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk about any adjustments you might need.

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More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a top global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join. We're also a Silver Rating holder in the Aerospace & Defence sector, as per the Financial Times rating of the UK’s leading management consultants.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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