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Lead Planner Full Time

at Air Products in London (Published at 22-05-2020)

To lead Air Products? regional Planning Team, to ensure successful execution of all (Sale of Gas) and third party (Sale of Equipment) businesses. Ensuring competitiveness, successful project execution, productive internal and external interfaces, risk management, and talent management. Asset creation work involves developing, bidding, and executing projects. Multi-faceted planning, decision-making, and communication accountabilities span the above factors.
Provide guidance and development of resources, system tools and work processes required to support the project management organization in the delivery of cross function and cross regional engineering and construction projects.
Develop, optimize and continually improve all aspects of project planning to service a broad portfolio of projects ranging from highly standardized / small scale (assets values around £0.5 - £3.0 M) through to complex and unique facilities with asset values in the order of £1.0 B and above.
Provide guidance and direction to ensure the project planning execution plans and reporting structure complies with the Air Products Standard tailored to suit the project execution strategy and needs from both an internal and external aspect. Ensure that project assigned resources provide accurate and timely reporting input to the project and work within the project applicable procedures and process workflows.
To fulfill the requirements of the position the incumbent must develop collaborative working relationships with Global Engineering and Manufacturing (GEM) team members, along strong business leadership with all internal functions. Developing client relationships when required to deliver a professional project controls capability to meet our customer?s needs.
As a Lead Planner, you will:
Have a sound understanding of project scheduling techniques, schedule basis creation, WBS and CBS structuring methodology and key work process for logic creation, cost and resource loading required for schedule creation. Work with Senior Project Managers, Project Managers, Project Engineers and Lead Engineers to proactively develop and status the schedule.
Main responsibilities and activities include:

  • Develop an industry leading regional project planning team capable of managing internal/external customer projects including EPCs, both within the office and construction site.

  • Ensure compliance with global work processes and planning IT systems to provide reliable and consistent reporting to ensure that we can meet the project, regional/global project portfolio and business requirements

  • Collaborate with the Product Line and Project Execution teams to develop and deliver competitive project schedules aligned to the execution scope and strategy during the bid phase through award and execution, ensuring the growth of Air Products businesses whilst consistently delivering on project commitments in terms of cost and schedule.

  • Develop and maintain accurate progress & earned value measurement systems for engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction and commissioning to ensure credible control throughout the project execution phase.

  • Develop and maintain the capabilities of the regional team to ensure that we can support the business needs across the broad portfolio of offerings.

  • Drive close collaboration with and support across the other regional and global teams to ensure effective resource sharing, lessons learned, best practices and the development of appropriate work processes and procedures across the global execution teams.

  • Provide strong planning leadership to the team and the Global Engineering & Manufacturing organization to ensure that Air Products reputation as a world-class engineering Company is enhanced in the market place.

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications

  • Global Project Planning Experience
    : Proven skills and experience of planning of projects on global basis, executed by multiple engineering offices. Understanding of a variety of project types, structures and contract terms. This includes sale of gas (SOG), third party sale of equipment (SOE) and joint ventures.

  • Flexibility:
    To periodically travel internationally to other regional engineering offices as well as domestically to support project / organizational needs.

  • Determined, Adaptable and Resilient:
    Able to achieve success under significant pressure, evolving requirements, and conflicting priorities.

  • Culturally Astute:
    Experienced and able to work with within a diverse office environment, multi-region project execution, and to therefore achieve success with a multi-cultural team. Experience of Customer and external stakeholder regional cultures, and ability to achieve success with those cultures

  • Relationship Network:
    Established and proven internal relationships with key individuals in all teams in all regions, with the ability to build strong relationships to apply leverage to execute the project.

  • Core Competencies
    : Commercial and technical acumen, working knowledge of project cost controls tools and systems. Proven skills in cost control, coupled with a working knowledge of project management, business development and finance.


  • Education ? Bachelor?s degree in Engineering, Numerate or related field is preferred

  • Experienced user of Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project.

  • Demonstrated technical competency in the field of project Planning

  • Ability to work within an established team to achieve targets and goals.

  • Excellent oral and written English proficiency is a must.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Excellent knowledge and proficiency with the Microsoft office suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, One Note)

  • Working knowledge of SAP, EcoSys PM, Primavera P6, Deltek Acumen is desirable

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