Senior Planner

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Project Management

Manchester, 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 Transpennine Route Upgrade and HS2, 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 our Manchester office, working within our Project Controls team, by recruiting an experienced Senior Planner.


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 Function of Job

This position within our team will suit a committed and ambitious Senior Planner who can demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in growing a dynamic high-performance team. With a focus on the design of High-Speed rail infrastructure, the post-holder will be part of a growing team of UK management staff delivering projects for a diverse portfolio of UK clients.


The Senior Planner will be accountable for the planning of the programme on a project ensuring:

  • Experience in Primavera and has managed large teams within a busy environment
  • Identifying, analysing and delivering solutions for the client and project team
  • Robust, Accurate Reporting both internally and externally
  • Good relationships are maintained with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company


Main Duties

Working in collaboration with our partners and sub-contractors, the Senior Planner will be involved in a variety of tasks such as:


  • Building relationships with limited set of common clients and maintain regular client contact.
  • Represent Project Controls, attend and present during client progress meetings.
  • Producing compliant programmes that are logically robust, cost and resource loaded and covers the full scope of work across all stages of the project.
  • Provision of project performance data, project schedules and reports in a concise and timely manner
  • Ensure all planning processes and procedures are fully implemented on the project
  • Identify project risks, deviations and slippages; reports and communicates issues to senior members of the Project Controls and Project Management team.
  • Understand the workload, prioritising and allocating work.
  • Identification and management of key input and output milestones,
  • Identification of key internal interfaces and third-party interfaces.
  • Check programme achievements and provide constructive feedback, leadership and management.
  • Analyse current and future workloads to ensure Planning commitments can be achieved
  • Conduct Risk workshops and undertake Schedule Risk analysis, present results
  • Ensure Earned Value Management processes are followed data analysis and trend analysis.
  • Provide regular supervision to junior members of the team as required


Educational Requirements

  • Member of APM (Desirable)
  • HNC/Degree in Relevant Industry Subject




  • Experienced based skills in managing programmes within major infrastructure projects
  • Competent User of Primavera
  • Understanding of multi-disciplinary co-ordination across major infrastructure projects and global design teams.
  • Development of innovative programming and reporting solutions
  • Supervision of junior team members


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 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.