Planner (High Speed Rail)

This vacancy is now closed

My client, a main joint venture on HS2 is seeking a Planner on a freelance basis to bolster their team for 5-9 months, with the possibility of the contract being extended. 

Summary of role:

To provide programmes, analysis of programmes and communication within the team as required by the senior planner / planning manager during tender stage and as required by the construction manager during the construction phase.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Produce fully logic linked design, procure and construct tender programmes
  • Produce and assist in the production of tender logistics plans, method statements, and temporary works (TW) schedules (including scaffold)
  • Engage with supply chain and team members to discuss and achieve optimum programme and method solutions
  • Assist project managers with onsite planning and reporting requirements
  • Produce robust fully logic linked design, procurement, construction and commission tender programmes compliant with tender sum, design (where appropriate) and methodology without assistance for small to medium sized projects
  • Produce tender deliverables as required (agreed at tender kick off meeting)
  • Work with allocated operations support in the production of method statement and scaffold schedule etc and ensure that programme reflects agreed methods
  • Produce (or lead if outsourced) logistics plans / phasing plans
  • Ensure all deliverables are produced to the agreed Tender Activity Programme (TAP) timescales to ensure they are available to other members of the tender team in good time
  • Engage with supply chain and team members to discuss and achieve optimum programme and method solutions
  • Attend all tender meetings incl. settlement if required
  • Identify, communicate and add key programme risks to the risk register
  • Take tender programmes for small to medium sized projects and in collaboration with site and/or project manager develop target and master programmes, fully logic linked with baseline
  • If there is no planner on site train the project manager to progress the programme and assist periodically with a reschedule


  • HNC (or equivalent) in Building Studies (or equivalent)

  • CSCS Construction Planner

Attributes and Skills

  • Competent in project management software; must be competent with Asta PowerProject
  • Extensive experience in programme and project management, project planning, including programme controls, project review, and cost and risk analysis
  • Understanding of the impact that commercial events and activities have on the baseline programme
  • Experience of working on multi-discipline construction projects within the sectors the JV partners operate
  • Good attention to detail with the ability to work to challenging deadlines
  • Ability to recognise and record change
  • Ability to work as part of a team on site in some cases or be self motivated and work in isolation of other team members in other cases
  • Business and commercial awareness to actively measure and monitor performance with the ability to present results in a logical manner to support continuous improvement
  • Numerical and analytical skills with the ability to interpret data and information and produce it in a clear and logical format
  • Ability to work in a team environment with minimum supervision
  • Logical whilst creative approach to problem solving
  • Organisational skills with the ability to prioritise workload and meet tight deadlines
  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to take a confident but diplomatic approach with colleagues and other internal and external customers
  • Should have significant experience of restricted city centre building/construction sites, preferably in London
  • Experience in site based planning
  • Experience in the commercial or education sectors in refurbishment and new build
  • Ability to work in a team environment contributing across a project, site or area
  • Good management skills, with the ability to motivate self and colleagues to perform
  • Good planning and time management skills; able to manage activities simultaneously within compromising on standards and quality
  • Ability to ensure standards and specifications are met
  • Ability to work with colleagues to contribute to project and operational performance
  • Sound knowledge of construction practises and standards
  • Specialist knowledge in chosen field 

If this position is for you then please don't hesitate to contact me on 01844212058 for an informal chat or drop me an email with any questions you might have to

Alternatively if this position isn't for you but you think you know someone who might be suitable, then we offer a £500 referral fee (T's and C's apply).