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Graduate Development Program, Associate Project Planner, Capital Project Planning Apply Now

Job ID 14297 Location Syracuse, New York Organization Capital Project Delivery Department Project Controls
About the Graduate Development Program

National Grid’s Graduate Development Program (GDP) is an in-depth training and development program for high achieving recent college graduates who aspire to take on future leadership roles in a dynamic, ever-changing industry. Graduates start their careers at National Grid with an in-depth 8-week Orientation which gives you exposure to all part of the company, allows you to network with your Graduate cohort, GDP alumni, and senior leaders, and provides you with the opportunity to travel throughout our service territory in the northeast US. National Grid is aiming for an in-person GDP experience for Summer 2021. However, we will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and will shift to a virtual program if necessary, in order to honor our commitment to our young talent pipeline.

Following Orientation, Graduates begin working in their hired position. Additionally, all Graduates will develop leadership skills through frequent development sessions and a Capstone Project at the completion of your first year with National Grid. You will meet amazing individuals, both within our organization and local communities and will be assigned a mentor who will provide guidance and insight to help you start and progress in your career.  

About the Position

The Associate Planner will oversee the delivery of projects with Capital Delivery from a schedule management perspective. This will mean identifying the key business issues through monitoring of the plan for project control purposes. It will also involve challenging contractor’s schedules and defending value to the company by using robust scheduling techniques to challenge change orders from contractors.

Key Accountabilities
  • Accountable for building project plans across a program of work within a Jurisdiction. The plans will be built from first principles using the agreed work breakdown structure to support Project Development Engineers and Project Managers.
  • Progress each project every month to ensure all projects are monitored for project controls in line with the monthly reporting cycle, checking accuracy and consistency of data, as well as supporting the end of year reconciliation process. As an example this includes the progression of National Grid schedules in line with the Work Breakdown structure.
  • Accountable for using the schedule and previous forecast to challenge contractor costs and change orders to ensure that only the right and fair amount is being agreed to.
  • Co-ordinate across a program of risk registers to identify generic risks across the portfolio and ensuring they are uploaded into Risk Management.
  • Ensure outage requirements are being agreed with the Independent System Operator and that linkages between individual projects are in place and managed to enable change impact assessments to take place
  • 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.
Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required
  • Strong leadership, customer orientation and communication skills, providing the ability to promote teamwork and harmonious working between direct staff, project teams and contractors.
  • Ability to use computer based planning tools, work scheduling systems and desktop software packages.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of work scheduling and outage planning.

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited institution  

  • Graduated between May 2020 and June 2021 

  • Ability to begin the National Grid Graduate Program June 1, 2021 or June 21, 2021 

  • Valid driver’s license 

  • Proven leadership experience  

  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills 

  • Applicants for the Graduate Development Program must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States  

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