Senior Planner

Senior Planner

Broad Description

The primary function of the Senior Planner is to support project teams by providing planning and monitoring services on projects to establish, record, and demonstrate programme activities, durations, risks, and mitigation measures.

Ensure that the programme content is functionally compliant with planning procedures and contractual requirements, identifying the planning scope, major constraints, and contract requirements. Establish and agree upon key methods of construction, sequencing, installation, and commissioning.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

To develop a professional and effective approach to operational project planning with business and commercial awareness, aiming to maximize the operational and commercial effectiveness of Dalkia Construction Projects.

The Planner will contribute across all phases of Dalkia Project:

Tender/ Feasibility and Award Validation Phase

  • Build, maintain, review and monitor project programmes
  • Identify planning scope, constraints, and contract requirements
  • Create, review, and maintain project programme in line with Dalkia standards
  • Utilise the Dalkia Project Delivery System (PDS)
  • Reconcile Dalkia and sub-contractor plant, labour & material requirements
  • Support project lead(s), offering technical knowledge on how to develop and implement an effective project plan

Design, Engineering and Procurement Phase

  • Monitor and manage progress of project team against the programme
  • Review record-keeping, administration, budget and time
  • Work proactively with project team manager and team to ensure projects are on track
  • Produce relevant reports for the project lead
  • Prepare presentations and data analysis, working with Project Managers and subject matter experts as required.
  • Adopt a proactive approach to liaising across the operation and with clients/suppliers.
  • Serve as the point of contact for planning issues, developing effective relationships.
  • Influence the impact of planning through effective working relationships.
  • Embrace the latest methodologies and challenge the status quo.
  • Guide the Project Manager with resource loading.
  • Develop your own performance and effectiveness using feedback and discussions with the Planning Manager.
  • Strengthen planning capability across a Dalkia project, develop best practices, and collate lessons learned.

Capabilities to fulfil the role:


  • Working knowledge of operational planning processes, practices, systems and the ability to drive their implementation.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret operational plans and data to drive informed business decisions and execute.
  • Commercial awareness of challenges in operational projects
  • Ability to build professional working relationships with internal and external staff.


  • Must have experience in effective multi-tasking and project management skills.
  • Must have strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills, and be able to build relationships.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with business acumen and the ability to challenge the status quo.
  • Strong analysis, review, and reporting skills.
  • Proactive problem-solving
  • Effective relationships with stakeholders, maintained proactively.
  • Excellent attention to detail, personally well organised, and calm under pressure
  • Good negotiation and influencing skills


  • Demonstrate a can-do, entrepreneurial attitude and a focus on impact
  • Motivates others to excel, delivering success through teams
  • Recognises and ensures positive resolution of conflict
  • Be passionate about our sector, embodies the Dalkia values of Identity, Trust, Working Hard, Open, Robust, Knowledge, Say It – Do It.
  • Be keen to continue learning and developing your skillset, having a growth mindset

Educational Qualification Required (preferred):

  • Level 4 HNC Qualification in Construction or Building Services Engineering Subject(s).
  • Good general education 5 x GCSE at C/5 inc. Math’s and English
  • Degree BEng/BSc in Construction or related Building Services Engineering would be helpful
  • Advanced user of Asta PowerProject software
  • Advanced user of P6 Programme software (desirable)

Previous Work Experience Required:

  • 6 to 8 years of construction project operations experience in a fast-paced organisation
  • Site experience in M or E or other relevant discipline desirable
  • Experience should include a focus on performance management and talent/team development, change management, and leadership coaching as a Business Partner.
Date of issue
May 29, 2024
Business Unit
Dalkia Engineering
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