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  • Job reference: RMS0109221

Lead Planning Engineer

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Iraq
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 19/06/2012
  • Time left:
    d h m s
    (26/06/12)
This vacancy has now expired.
The Company:
Our client is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries and territories. Their innovative approach ensures they are ready to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future.

The Role:
Purpose: To deliver and maintain standard, consistent and realistic project plans reflecting the assessed risk parameters for the project.

Main Activities and Accountabilities:
- Deliver and maintain consistent and realistic plans and control structures for the project(s).
- Develop the list of plans required to execute the project and their hierarchy relationship.
- Drive, manage and ensure completeness of the development of the activities, logic, resources and progress for the integrated project schedule, leading to the creation of the baseline and its subsequent maintenance.
- Instigate, develop and police the planning and progress monitoring procedures to ensure that each element of the project performs the processes timely and consistently.
- Own the overall schedule monthly progress update, forecast, critical path and trend analyses.
- Develop status reporting framework and implement throughout the planning hierarchy.
- Provide regular and comprehensive schedule status reports to Project Management.
- Review scope change requests for the impact on schedules and the critical path of the project.
- Prepare reconciliation between earlier schedules and the current schedule.
- Consolidate the impact of approved changes and any deviations from the key project targets and milestones, including productivity monitoring and “What if scenarios” to aid project management decision-making.
- Liaise with and challenge Senior Project Engineering personnel to ensure proper understanding of the key schedule sensitivities and drivers.
- Contribute to the development of contract strategies documents.
- Ensure that all contract key dates and milestones align with the overall integrated plan.
- Evaluate bid schedules and review contractor plans to support contract award recommendations.
- Contribute to the development of the project’s risk profiles and translate these into the plans using deterministic and probabilistic analysis methods, as appropriate.
- Regularly track the schedule risk mitigation efforts, the criticality of the main paths to completion, float consumption and the release of the 50/50 schedule contingency.
- Implement, ensure compliance and utilise the client standard tools and processes.
- Provide input data for and conduct benchmarking activities.
- Deliver close-out data to enable knowledge retention (lessons learned, project data compilation) at completion of work.
- Roll-out of the standard tools and processes, as appropriate for each project stage.
- Contribute to the Development and Implementation of the Project Cost and Schedule Management Plan.
- Participate in / facilitate peer reviews and other Assurance events.
- Contribute to the development of staff through coaching and training in planning engineering practices, tools and techniques.
- Maintain and promote realism in the schedule forecasts in the face of commercial pressure and optimism from project teams.
- Set-up and maintain effective interfaces and good working relationships with Contracting & Procurement and other teams in the project.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
- Engineering Degree and/or Certification as a Planning Engineer or equivalent experience.
- Previous industry experience in lead planning positions.
- Experience in managing small teams of junior personnel.
- A high degree of skill in written and oral communications.
- Fully versed with Planning principles and techniques.
- Experience in the international oil & gas industry

Key Competences required:
- Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to effectively communicate with different management levels.
- Must be a Team player and self-motivated.
- Ability to handle conflict and challenges with regards to work inputs/outputs and ability to put forward sound arguments in support of decisions and recommendations.
- Ability to work under time pressure within a project environment.
- Ability to actively engage project team members.
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