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Planning Engineer

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is seeking a Planning Engineer, a key role within an integrated programme management team, ensuring that each project has logically linked schedules of work which define the activities to be completed in order to deliver the project scope. You will be responsible for maintaining the schedule by updating it in line with progress and for producing meaningful reports highlighting variances and changes. The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues and engineers on a variety of nuclear related projects within the high value manufacturing sector. The projects will involve a range of technologies and be at different Technology Readiness Levels (TRL).

The successful candidate will have a good standard of general education, especially in Maths and English and have experience and proven ability in planning of projects using Primavera P6, MS Project and MS Project Server. You will be required to coordinate progress meetings on behalf of the various Project Managers and be actively involved in resolving issues relating to the project schedule and will therefore need to be a good communicator and be able to keep all stakeholders informed on relevant project matters. You will have a sound understanding and experience of project management methodologies ideally
within a manufacturing or research environment.

The AMRC is a cluster of world-class centres for research into advanced manufacturing technologies used in the aerospace, power generation, medical and other high-value manufacturing sectors. The cluster has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry, worldwide.

Cluster members include the AMRC with Boeing, Nuclear AMRC, the AMRC Design Prototyping and Testing, Training and Knowledge Transfer Centres; Castings Technology International (CTI); the National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC); Medical AMRC and Factory 2050.

The AMRC with Boeing and Nuclear AMRC are part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a consortium of seven leading manufacturing and process research centres, backed by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

The Nuclear AMRC specialises in manufacturing innovation and helping companies meet the needs of the Nuclear industry. It currently has around 40 member companies, including reactor providers, manufacturers from across the supply chain, and providers of specialist equipment and services.

In addition to providing direct support to hundreds of companies wishing to win more work within the nuclear industry the Nuclear AMRC also has an extensive programme of manufacturing innovation which focusses on the advancement of
machining, welding and associated technologies

Nuclear AMRC has an outstanding track record of developing technology and integrating it into a shop floor environment to demonstrate clear financial benefit to industry. This ability to translate technological advances into bottom line savings has led to a large growth in demand from its industrial partners and a growing need for skilled engineers with an interest in manufacturing.

The University of Sheffield is one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

Main duties and responsibilities

• Work with project teams, stake holders and customers to understand the project scope.

• Assist in the development of project Work Breakdown Structures (WBS).

• Create project schedules using MSP based on scope and WBS.

• Consider risks and agree mitigation action with the Project Manager.

• Identify and resolve issues with the schedule, obtain commitment from stakeholders.

• Produce project cost data and maintain through the project life.

• Baseline the project schedule, maintain a record of changes.

• Maintain the project schedule by updating and reporting progress.

• Produce management reports on, for example, Earned Value, Schedule Performance Index, Cost Performance Index.

• Produce customer reports relating to, for example, project progress, costs, variations to scope.

• Identify and resolve issues relating to resourcing of activities in the schedule.

• Ensure that project schedules are included in the Master Schedule.

• Encourage good communication within the project team to assist in identifying and resolving issues.

• Contribute to contract closure and lessons learned.

• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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