Senior Planner

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Project Management

London, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 8,250 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.


SYSTRA are looking to expand our Signature Team in the UK, working on high profile infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Trans-Pennine Upgrade, we are building on our 50 years of success in the UK by growing our team and looking for passionate people to deliver projects across our portfolio.


We are now seeking to strengthen and grow our Engineering team in London, by recruiting an experienced Planner on a permanent basis.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a range of experience within the Civil Engineering/Transportation/Infrastructure sectors.


This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Planning Engineer to further their career in a highly motivated and inspirational environment.



Main duties


  • The Planning Engineer will take the planning lead on portfolio of packages
  • Produce the plans, programmes, visual reports, narrative, and data for submission to the client as per Contract requirements.
  • Responsible for ensuring all Planning related inputs are reliable and provided in a timely manner to support the Performance Measurement Update (PMU) process, responsible for supporting the monthly the clause 32 issue
  • Produce internal reports regarding progress and forecasts in order to assist the project team to mitigate risk, identify opportunity, and deliver the project safely, on time, and on/under budget.
  • Assist the Project Controls team in reporting against KPI’s by providing up to date information from the programme.
  • Lead programme development and maintenance for relevant packages.
  • Manage interfaces between work packages.
  • Identify risk to the programme, make time risk allowance in the programme and contribute to the project risk and opportunity log.
  • Development of What-if scenarios to mitigate potential schedule delay and proactively report to the Planning Lead,
  • Coach / train graduate and junior planning team members in the use of planning methods & techniques and programme software.
  • Communicate and gain approval from the project team for the methods proposed and the sequence of the plan utilising visual aids (e.g. stage diagrams; sequence diagrams etc.).
  • Issue programmes of work in accordance with Document Control system
  • Review and comment on Sub-Contractor programmes for acceptance and identify solutions to programme related issues in a collaborative manner.
  • Develop CE programmes in line with NEC3 Contract for submission to the Client for acceptance.




  • Experience of scheduling within large complex environments within the construction and engineering industry
  • Excellent Primavera P6 skills, especially in generating reports (internal or client facing)
  • Advanced proficiency in MS office including Excel, Power Point, Vision, Word
  • Understanding of NEC contracts
  • Change control & trend analysis – EVA, SPI/CPI reporting
  • Good understanding of Project Controls and alignment of programme, cost, budget, risk and change
  • Understanding of the Building or Civil Engineering construction market, methods of construction, plant, equipment and labour requirements
  • Demonstrate a calm and methodical approach to working to deadlines
  • Excellent organisation mindset. Has ability and confidence in organising many intangibles concurrently.
  • Thorough, analytical, seeks detail in areas of conflict/disagreement or uncertainty
  • Provide guidance and support to less senior Planners
  • Experience of working within a project delivery environment is essential


In return, we offer a very competitive salary with a comprehensive and attractive benefits package with opportunities for flexible working and career development.


Please note, we do have a preferred supplier list for the provision of recruitment services and we will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL.




Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments or financial assistance to support you in your application or interview process please email: where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.