Planning Engineer

Category:Technical Jobs
Terms: Full Time
Salary:£45K - £50K plus excellent benefits


Our client, a leading integrated energy company who operate and manage a portfolio of coal, gas and biomass-fired power stations throughout the UK.

Royle Recruitment Limited have worked with and been a strategic partner of their Technical Support Group since its inception in the early nineties. The Outage Section of the business has a history of successfully completing a large number of Steam and Gas Turbine outages internally and for external customers. The Outage Section teams travel extensively throughout the UK and Overseas working on large turbo-generators, CCGT’s, Hydro, CHP plants and power plant work including Balance of Plant and C.W. Systems.

As the Outage Section continues to grow, with major projects already scheduled for 2018, 2019 and beyond the team are looking for suitably qualified, experienced and ambitious individuals. This is an opportunity to join a multinational blue-chip company with all the benefits and security associated with such an organisation.

The Role

Working as a key member of the outage management team the Planning Engineer has a central role in ensuring that outage preparation and delivery is carried out in line with the Gated Process and Outage Planning Philosophy ensuring the successful completion of the outage, having accountability for all pre outage planning activities and implementation of suitable monitoring and intervention to allow robust evaluation of the impact of delays and changes to an outage programme. The Planning Engineer will advise the Outage Manager on the appropriate mitigation to minimise commercial impact to the business caused by outage overruns and extensions.

The role links across multiple disciplines within each power station including Maintenance, Engineering and Operations. As well as linking stations with Engineering and Inspection Management. Carrying out planning activities for all these functions.

The role will have time constraints to project work as well as requirements to travel to different locations as the projects require. Work with the POMS group to support evaluation and determination of best placement of portfolio outages based on optimised resource profiles and outage plan risks.

Work with the Outage Quality Manager, ensuring full alignment of the Quality Management System and the outage plan.

Principle Accountabilities

·         Assist WPM’s to determine resource levels required to deliver outage Workscope in given timescales.

·         Carry out critical path analysis, and monitor these during the delivery phase of the project to assist with managing priorities.

·         Provide the necessary information to the Outage Safety Rules Coordinator and Commissioning Manager to allow for cascade planning.

·         Assist with the Development of the Outage Risk Register.

·         Update the plan to ensure progress is understood and to identify movement in the key dates and key deliverables, ensuring the causes of changes are fully identified and communicated to allow for mitigation to be put in place.

·         Carry out communication tasks identified in the Planning Philosophy Document:

·         Produce Twice Weekly Progress Reports

·         Generate ad-hoc progress reports as issues arise

·         Provide support to the WPM’s to evaluate changes in Workscope to feed into the change management process.

·         Produce up to date resource profiles to allow work pack managers to control costs.

·         Review all variance from baseline plan and integrate any identified changes into draft plans.

·         Support the development and training of others in the planning philosophy and best practice.

·         Support and play a proactive role in the Project Management and Planning Network Group.


·         The role requires a minimum of a HNC in a relevant technical qualification, as well as a suitable project planning qualification such as APM Project Management Qualification. The role requires experience running large projects in a heavy engineering field. The ability to develop concepts into practice and robust processes and procedures and influence change are key skills that are required in this role

·         Experience of working on GT26 Gas Turbine outages would be beneficial.

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