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Senior Planning Engineer

Posted: 3 Sep 2020 Closes: 2 Nov 2020
Blaydon-On-Tyne, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -58449988

About Costain and your project.

Costain helps to improve people's lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK's energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Our vision is to be the UK's leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

The Regional Delivery Partnership is a framework contract with Highways England for the development, design and construction of capital road projects that form part of the Regional Investment Programme during Road Period 1 (2015 to 2020) and Road Period 2 (2020 to 2025). The Costain Jacobs Partnership were awarded two lots; Lot 7 (East Region) & Lot 8 (North Region).

This vacancy relates to Lot 8 for the delivery of 3 schemes along the A1 corridor in Newcastle and Northumberland, with a combined value in excess of £600m;

A1 Scotswood to North Brunton - currently in construction

A1 Birtely to Coal House - construction March 2021 - end 2023.

A1 in Northumberland - construction late 2021 - late 2024.

This role is for the A1 in Northumberland scheme.

The current early works are being undertaken in Leeds, (with our design partner Jacobs) but will move to the north east prior to construction. Whilst flexible and remote working is undertaken, there will be a requirement to be present in Leeds and the north east for team events, key workshops and to maintain contact, however it will also be possible to work out of our RDP North Hub in Blaydon, Newcastle. Scheme delivery (late 2021 start) will require the predominant working base to be in Northumberland.

Due to the current COVID restrictions the team are working from home; this will continue whilst current best practices deem it necessary.

Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role.
What will I be doing?

We are looking for motivated and self-driven individuals to join the team to focus on the A1 in Northumberland scheme. This is a £313m scheme to dual the single carriageway sections of the A1 between Morpeth and Ellingham in Northumberland. Including online dualling works, new offline construction, creation of new compact grade separated junctions and a complex bridge launch over an environmentally sensitive river valley. The scheme offers the opportunity to work across a variety of disciplines as part of a great team, reporting to the RDP Planning Manager.

  • Working with an integrated team of Costain and Jacobs personnel to develop the detailed design, delivery and handover of the allocated schemes.
  • Provide your expertise to lead the planning, scheduling and project controls for the project using Primavera P6 software.
  • Facilitate and lead collaborative planning sessions and other engagement activities as appropriate with our Client, supply chain partners and suppliers to develop, monitor and manage an integrated project programme.
  • Support the team with programme information and scenario planning both for internal use and external stakeholders.
  • Appraisal and co-ordination of supply chain partner programme elements protecting the main contract programme whilst leveraging efficiency and opportunity.
  • Prepare programme and progress updates to contribute to wider project reporting and other meetings (team updates, management meetings etc).
  • Work with the commercial team and construction manager to update metrics including critical path and earned value analysis etc.
  • Assist in the identification, mitigation and management of change with the wider team.
  • Support the commercial and construction teams with the development of cost forecasts and programmes for the development of budgets; delivery of works and monitoring of progress.
  • Work with various specialist suppliers during the detailed design / development phase and subsequently on site to ensure works are delivered on time and within Costain safety and quality standards
  • Work with the Jacobs design team in developing the buildable solution to be constructed on site.
  • Active participation in project improvement
  • Build effective relationships and support junior staff in their development.

About you

Person Specification:
  • Experience of planning major highways schemes preferred, but other significant infrastructure projects also considered.
  • Primavera P6 competency including resourcing and cost loading of programmes
  • Experience of Earned Value Analysis (EVA) techniques and reporting
  • Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) mandatory.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to manage and control tasks and lead a team as well as working as part of a wider integrated and multi discipline team.
  • Willing to mentor and develop junior staff
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Able to be flexible and work in changing environments

You'll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Costain closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we encourage candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity. Please note, all responses are anonymous and you do not have to provide a response.
Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers' needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

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