Head of Planning & Scheduling Manager, Germany-Germany Countrywide-Wurzburg

Job Description

Head of Planning & Scheduling Manager - (BIA0006V5)
Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally. With more than 77,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years. We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business

About the SuedLink Programme:
SuedLink is the longest underground power cable project in the world, and the biggest link in Germany’s power grid upgrade programme to generate 80% of its power from renewable sources by 2050 and to turn off all nuclear reactors by 2022. At 700km, SuedLink consists of two High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission lines, which will transport wind power from the north to the south, and solar power from the south to the north.

Lead the Planning & Scheduling Function on the SuedLink Programme
As a specialist in programme planning and scheduling, you will be a thought leader in your field embracing innovative practices and digital solutions. You will have experience in delivering intelligent programme planning methodology and capability to other complex infrastructure projects and programmes. You will be a confident bi-lingual communicator, able to engage effectively with directors and key decision makers in the client, programme and supplier organisations. You are required to provide analytical and data driven planning and scheduling outputs to enable decision making and support various stakeholders’ requirements.

You will be proficient in interfacing the planning and scheduling function with other core programme and project controls disciplines; estimating, contract management, cost management, performance measurement, scope and change control management, risk management, document control; reporting and analysis. You will have excellent IT, organisational and data management skills, ideally proficient in BI Tools, advanced Excel, VBA, SQL or equivalent. You will have excellent data analytics capability and enable your team use visual and graphical outputs to communicate effectively with others. You will lead on the developments and improvements of processes, methodologies, systems and tools to drive efficiency on the programme.

Role Core Accountabilities & Deliverables
Accountable to the SuedLink Programme Controls Manager in providing planning and scheduling controls and capability to deliver the client objectives.
    •    Lead the planning and scheduling team, in various office and site locations throughout Germany, to deliver excellence in planning & schedule management.
    •    Create, implement, and execute the strategy and plan for planning & scheduling activities that support the overall programme requirements, including the specification of Primavera P6 schedules and Tilos time-chainage charts.
    •    Develop and maintain an integrated programme schedule baseline, through all phases of the programme from initiation to handover & completion, demonstrating traceability of change throughout the programme life using forensic scheduling techniques.
    •    Develop the programme planning and scheduling interface management plan and coordinate the schedule interfaces across the programme, with the client and with the supply chain.
    •    Periodically review the project schedules and narratives for impact on the overall programme and embed corrective actions to maintain delivery in line with programme requirements.  
    •    Ensure that all project schedules within the programme support the phase deliverables and meet the client programme milestones and ensure that all schedules use appropriate methodologies and techniques.
    •    Specify and embed a robust and reliable performance measurement regime across the programme and into the supply chain contracts, using a variety of measurement techniques such as EVM, CPM, at all levels of schedule that record actual progress and forecast remaining durations, project milestones, and completion dates.
    •    Lead the programme and project schedule risk analyses to forecast schedule contingencies and related cost impacts.  
    •    Supervise the development, approval, and issuance of schedule documents to the client and internal status reports that effectively communicate schedule status and identify critical path. Motivate the project team to define corrective actions for implementation.
    •    Develop, implement, and train on standard and project-specific planning & scheduling procedures in accordance with the programme requirements.
    •    Manage the coordination interface with other project controls and project team leads to ensure deliverables are met.
Qualifications, Experience & Certifications:
    •    Bachelor’s degree in construction, engineering or project management, or related technical field. 
    •    Minimum of 15 years of progressive experience with increasing responsibility.
    •    Active membership in AACE, PMI, APM or similar association.   PSP or PMI-SP certification a plus.
    •    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and German
    •    Expert skills in planning and scheduling systems, tools & techniques
    •    Strong leadership and team coordination skills, operating across multiple locations
    •    Strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills using leading edge tools and techniques
Location & Travel
Your home office base is London, UK. This programme role is based full-time in Wurzburg, Germany. Travel to client and project site offices throughout Germany and Europe will be required, as well as travel to other Jacobs offices, so flexibility to travel is essential.  Travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with our corporate expense policy.

Our Culture
At Jacobs we have celebrated over 10 years of our culture of caring - ‘BeyondZero’. We see safety differently - we strive to go BeyondZero by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do. We are committed to equality across our business and we promote STEM and WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) initiatives. When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity. To find out more about our networks, check out our website: http://www.jacobs.com/join-us#grow-with-us

We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.
Primary Location
: Germany-Germany Countrywide-Wurzburg
: Yes, 10 % of the Time
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