AECOM Planner (Land) in Accra, Ghana

Ghana - Greater Accra, Accra

Job Summary

The Project Planner is responsible for the delivery of project planning and progress measurement, ensuring that AECOM procedures and industry best practices are applied, as appropriate, and recommending changes to the Project Controls Manager where required.

The Project Planner is responsible for developing and maintaining a project plan and schedule to meet the project objectives.

Position involves assisting with the review of schedules, analysis of baseline schedule and schedule updates, monitoring of schedule delays, tracking of contract changes, analysis of time extension requests, analysis of stage changes, analysis of value engineering impacts and analysis of claims under the direction of Project Managers. May act as the responsible scheduling representative on several projects

Duties and Responsibilities:

May include but not limited to the following


  • A strong personal commitment to safety and familiarisation with AECOM safety processes, protocols and procedures

Studies (FEL1 (Concept), FEL2 (Pre-Feasibility), FEL3 (Feasibility)

  • Develop in depth understanding of Project scope by discussions with Project manager, team, leads and study of project scope statement, RFP, Concept designs and any other information.

  • Compile Draft schedule using best practices from the information gathered

  • Conduct interactive planning meeting with Functional Managers to finalise project/study schedule

  • Finalise baseline schedule and compile Progress reports from the baseline information.

  • Obtain progress updates from team to update schedule and reports as per the agreed project update cycle.

  • Analyse update, identify potential issues and/or corrective actions and liase with Project manager and team.

  • Communicate reports to team, client and stakeholders as agreed in the study Communications Plan.

  • As design develop and increase in definition compile schedule and basis of schedule for the next phase. Prior to completion of the study this next phase schedule must be reviewed and agreed by team.

FEL4 (Execution) Project master schedule development

  • Confirm and refine FEL4 level 3 scheduling (incl. early works and understand schedule basis)

  • Identify and schedule critical vendor data requirements

  • Re-validate interfaces between contractors

  • Re-validate WBS and FBS

  • Consolidate package register, package dictionary and CWP (construction work packages)/EWP (engineering work packages) register

  • Populate approved measurable commodity quantities and productivity factors

  • Update schedule risk analysis and include contingency in baseline

  • Update FEL4 schedule basis

  • Review and obtain approval of project baseline schedule

FEL4 (Execution) commissioning schedule

  • A detailed Commissioning/Tie-in schedule will be compiled for commissioning or critical tie-ins. This is not normally done at the beginning of the project but closer to the time.

  • Develop and finalise level 4 commissioning/tie-in schedule and confirm level 3 activities on master schedule

FEL4 (Execution) Project schedule monitoring and updates

  • Obtain updated information, progress and status from team, contractors and other stakeholders

  • Analyse team discipline progress reports, identify slippages and variances and provide recommendations

  • Discuss any variations from baseline with Environmental/Procurement/Engineering and Project Manager and discuss possible mitigations and/or recovery

  • Analyse contractor level 4 schedule update, identify delays and potential issues and provide recommendations. Liaise with contractor on clarifications, issues and methods of mitigation/recovery

  • Discuss any variations from baseline with Construction and Project Manager.

  • Update level 3 schedule with the interrogated and validated information

  • Generate and verify weekly updates and issue progress reports

  • Generate all progress curves

  • Develop and maintain commodity and resource profile

  • Extract and publish 4-week look ahead schedule

  • Monitor slippages and critical and near critical paths and discuss with Project Manage

  • Verify schedule output and distribute to team in the various agreed formats (i.e. Level2, Level3, Milestone register).

  • Use updated information to establish trends, reasonable forecasts and expected outcomes. Pro-actively identify potential issues and conflicts and prepare response plans to mitigate. Highlight these to the Project Manager and team.

  • Conduct thorough site visits to ensure alignment between reported schedule and works on site. Liaise with construction manager, site supervisor on concerns and issues.


  • Understand the principles and working of @Risk, Pert master and other leading Monte Carlo Risk analysis programs.

  • Assist Risk manager in conducting Monte Carlo.

  • Provide Tender schedules for proposals.

  • Analyse, Interrogate and evaluate tender schedules submitted for new contracts.

  • Assist contractors in finalising baselines schedules.

  • Run scenarios to view various impacts or to identify the optimal way to do certain works

  • Liaise with Cost controllers to ensure schedule and cost flows are aligned.

  • Prepare and update presentations

  • Review impact of variations/compensation events on contractors schedules. Assess time claims from contractors to ensure validity.

  • Liaise with Procurement to ensure Key, Sectional Completion and Access dates are included as part of the tender and eventually the contract.

  • Fully understand and apply change control procedures.

  • Assist and Mentor Junior Planners and emphasise Schedule Best Practice.

  • Pro-actively Identify risks to project Milestones. Communicate these to Project Manager and Team.

  • Ensure team is always fully aware of critical actions, activities which needs to be completed and at what time. Issuing an updated schedule is seldom enough and Pro-active communication and reminders might be required.

  • Attend various meetings incl. Progress, Technical, Construction, Workshops and Reviews.

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Minimum Requirements


  • 5+ years in a planning role.

Specific skills required:

  • Expert working knowledge of Primavera Project Planner (P6 v8.3)

  • Expert working knowledge of Microsoft Project (2013)

  • Working knowledge of CCS Candy

  • Expert working knowledge of MS Excel

  • Strong computer skills (Word/PowerPoint)

  • Proficient in compiling WBS, WBS Dictionary

  • Hands on Knowledge of Earned Value Management (EVMS)

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Good analytical skills

  • Ability to set priorities and meet critical time deadlines

  • Must be able to liaise with project teams and contractor’s staff

  • Must be able to handle conflict in a professional manner and assertiveness

  • Must be able to commit at least critical and near critical path of project to memory so that any risks to project completion can immediately be identified and highlighted

  • Possesses a fundamental understanding of Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling. Able to interpret construction drawings and review and understand engineering, procurement and construction schedule logic.

Person Specification (Personality Attributes):

  • Ability to communicate effectively and constructively in a multi discipline contractual environment.

  • Ability to maintain composure under intense deadline driven environment

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Able to produce programmes/schedules for complex buildings from limited design information

  • Excellent market knowledge of production rates for labour, steel, concrete, MEP and finishes

  • Conversant with multiple forms of contract

  • Ability to present to the client and chair meetings

  • Able to work under pressure to meet deadlines within a team environment

  • Proactive work style and able to work unaided

  • Excellent written and oral English, able to effectively communicate complex information.

Additional Comments:

  • Eligibility to work in Ghana (due to nationality or work permit) is an advantage.

  • Must be willing to undertake a computer based skills assessment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must possess Project planning certification i.e. PSP(Planning and Scheduling professional) or PMI SP (PMBok Planning & Scheduling Professional).

  • At least 7 years of measurable experience in a full time Planning position of which at least 2.5 years is in an EPCM/EPC role and 5 years site based during construction.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Category Engineering - Construction

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Ghana

Position Status Temporary

Requisition/Vacancy No. 198184BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.