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Project Planner


Community Planner


Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom


Project Planner

Home-based, some travel will be required to our offices in Bedford or Wickford and to customer sites.

Are you a Project Planner ready to support critical automation projects within the automotive industry?

We have recently won some major projects within the UK and overseas and as a result, we are seeking a Project Planner to support a multi-functional project management team in delivering work packages for our prestigious automotive customers.

You’ll work closely with PMO, development and other project teams to develop detailed schedules, keep these schedules current and seamlessly integrated into the IMS; detailing how a specific project is progressing and how the project contributes to overarching program requirements and objectives.

You’ll develop resource loaded project schedules using the performance work statement (PWS), technical proposal, WBS, and directions from project managers and technical leads. You’ll create and maintain linkages, dependencies and inter-dependencies with related projects, ensuring internal and external dependencies are documented and tracked for risk management.

You’ll identify and track major milestones, gates, decision points, and key project events; communicating and present critical paths, setting and maintaining the schedule baseline and regularly track/ communicate all changes to the baselined schedule.

You’ll perform schedule estimating through elicitation of team members and other stakeholders to capture estimations of new work, updated actuals and remaining work, perform ‘what if’ scenarios within the schedule, apply critical thinking, and present alternate solutions as schedule risks arise.

You’ll champion and support continuous Risk Mitigation and Issue Management through schedule analysis, drive innovation and champion best practices and generate a weekly suite of schedule products and reports including full IMS views, summary views, critical paths, planned vs actual work, and various schedule metrics

You’re a great communicator, coordinating internal and external parties, working with customers and suppliers. You’ll be involved in presentations, preparing and delivery project updates and reports.

Why should you join our Program Team?

We are problem solvers – we often have to think on our feet to solve engineering problems, finding solutions to challenges and mitigating risks.

Development/Growth - We offer meaningful and engaging careers, a collaborative culture, and support for your career goals, all while nurturing a healthy work-life balance. Our managers are committed to individual and collective development and as a global company, there are opportunities to learn and expand your horizons in many different ways.

Reward – we offer a competitive package with great benefits from a pension scheme (contribution matched up to 8%), private medical insurance and life assurance with loads of flexible benefits including dental insurance, gym flex and shopping discounts.

About you

Experienced in planning and scheduling projects or task work packages, ideally in the Automotive sector but we would encourage applicants from all engineering/ manufacturing/ automation backgrounds.

In Depth knowledge of Microsoft Projects.

Have an understanding of cross site and enterprise level planning and implementation practices, with a broad knowledge of project management activities.

Comfortable in both independent and collaborative working. Customer driven and flexible in approach.

Able to conduct efficient, organised systems processing and analysis

Excellent communication skills – able to gather and present information to relevant stakeholders both verbally and in writing. Prepare and present reports, communicating issues and manage upwards.

Due to the nature of our business, you must be able to obtain and maintain BPSS clearance.

Pay Range:

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.