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Senior Project Planner

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9 Jul 2024

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Project Management
Full Time
Flexible working available
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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

AWE is currently looking for a Senior Project Planner with Primavera P6 experience to join to a fast paced, high priority environment to support the delivery of projects that help to maintain and enhance production.

As a Project Planner, you will work within the project controls team, on a broad spectrum of projects, in a highly regulated environment. You should have previous experience using Primavera P6 and interfacing with stakeholders. Knowledge of NEC3/4, standard form of contract, is preferable.

You will be implementing Planning processes, policies and procedures. Producing Planning and EV deliverables in accordance with agreed business rhythm. Delivery of long range operational integrated Programme Planning activities. Supporting the Business Management Manager with emergent projects as directed by Business Controller. Developing and maintaining relationships with and awareness of key project stakeholders.

Successful Candidates will be responsible for:
  • Developing high-quality, integrated schedules in Primavera P6 ensuring both vertical and horizontal integration are maintained throughout supplier, client and customer schedules
  • Ensuring the programme reflects all required milestones, key dates and dependencies
  • Assessing the impact of change to the project baselines
  • Assessing supplier PFAs and ensuring quality of programmes submitted as part of NEC3/4
  • Ensuring a range of stakeholders are consulted to enable the flow of project information and enable successful delivery
  • Tracking progress against the project schedule including forecasting of potential problem areas and proposing mitigation measures to support decision making
  • Providing planning and scheduling expertise in support of a project team or wider programme, sharing knowledge with and supporting less experienced members of the team

A typical day for a Senior Planner could look like this:

Leading on and contributing to the creation and maintenance of project baselines, adding value to performance reporting and forecasting and assessment of a variety of lower level schedules or project progress reports. Meeting and working with Project Managers and some of the most innovative specialists, providing them with the guidance they need to manage and control their project delivery. Input into project business cases and change control process, risk and opportunity process and peer review.

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:
  • Demonstrable experience in development, integration, and analysis of project plans
  • Knowledge or experience of using best practice planning processes and tools
  • Knowledge and understanding of confidence modelling processes and techniques
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills focused on achieving and maintaining effective working relationships to meet the project goal
  • Excellent analytical skills along with the ability to read and interpret charts and spreadsheets
  • Ability to manage priorities and work to challenging timescales
  • Ability to deliver objectives on time and to high quality with minimum supervision

Package: from £45,110 to £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Location - Reading

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

“This job role is suitable for hybrid working, which is an informal, non-contractual and voluntary arrangement, blending a balance of attendance in the workplace (your permanent duty station) and working from home as a personal choice. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.
The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.“

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


Please note that you must be a British Citizen to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


AWE are excited to launch our first Returner Programme, in partnership with, which is designed to support experienced professionals return to their field following a career break.

The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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