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Principal Planner, Capital Project Planning

Job ID 27510 Location Melville, New York Organization Capital Project Delivery Department NY Gas Eng Project & Program Mgmt

About us

National Grid is hiring a Lead Planner in our Capital Project Planning department in Melville, NY.

 Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry. To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

The Project Controls Lead Planner will develop and oversee the schedule management of complex gas construction projects. Utilizing Primavera P6, the Lead Planner will report on budgets, monitor, maintain, update, and apply project controls techniques to ensure scope, schedule, and budget adherence throughout the Network Development Process. 

The Lead Planner obtains information, provides analysis and recommendations to drive and support project goals and positively influence project direction; performs cost and schedule forecasting, Contractor schedule analysis to detect and identify contractor slipage, monitoring and control activities including the preparation of schedule and cost performance and productivity reports, analysis of supporting data, variance reporting and special studies; and evaluates and reports the impact of scope changes and/or productivity changes and recommends corrective actions.

Key Accountabilities

Accountable for building and developing project schedules across a portfolio. The schedules will be built using the agreed work breakdown structure to support Engineers, Project Development, Project Managers, and Resource Planning. 
Progress each project every month to ensure all projects are monitored for project controls in line with the monthly reporting cycle, checking accuracy, quality and consistency of data, as well as supporting the end of year reconciliation process.  
Accountable for using the schedule and forecast to review the project cost/schedule integration throughout the Network Development Process.  
Accountable for ensuring schedule data is accurate to allow Project Controls to report milestones, planned value and earned value data, % completed on projects and project commentaries.  
Provide expert technical input and define policy as to the best way of using the primavera tool to model projects e.g. interface milestones or links between activities, portfolio views etc. 
Oversee and support the activities of other team members, providing advice and coaching as necessary.  
Lead Project Controls team in training, development, and quality control/ quality assurance efforts.
Represent the Project Controls team as a subject matter expert.
Develop and refine new processes and procedures to ensure good schedule health and Dashboard reporting.
Assists Project Managers with evaluations and refinement of project cost, cash flows and budgets throughout the project’s life cycle by assessing and communicating status, variances, trends and actuals.
Utilizes information such as bids, project scope changes/change control board, invoices, internal and external labor / contractors, material and equipment to perform monthly project forecasting.
Provides detailed project and program management cost analysis reports to Project Managers, Engineering, Resource Planning and key stakeholders

Qualifications

7+ years’ experience in project management, construction or schedule management or equivalent relevant experience. 
A Bachelor’s degree or significant relevant project management, engineering and construction experience. 
Considerable proven experience and expert knowledge in schedule development and analysis including milestone management, critical path analysis, understanding of float and time risk allowance and earned value methodologies. 
Demonstrate a high level of personal initiative, integrity and ability to interact with company personnel, contractors and regulatory representatives 
Expert using Power BI and Primavera P6 to create project schedules, dashboard, contractor claim analysis, and progress them using a pre-defined work breakdown structure, to optimize the performance of a portfolio of projects and familiar with the issues that arise on projects and how to overcome them. 
Knowledge of the typical projects that National Grid undertakes including their durations, issues, typical durations etc. 
Good knowledge of the environment in which Complex Capital Projects operates.  
Expert understanding of how individual projects interact with each other as a result of the National Grid outage plans.
Must have Microsoft Power BI, Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills. 
Experience working under tight deadlines.
Experienced in influencing, persuading, communicating, challenging and negotiating. 
Valid driver’s license required with a safe driving history that meets National Grid’s Safe Driver policy. 

More Information

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.  We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.  National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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