Copello are now recruiting for a Lead Project Planner on behalf of a leading Defence Manufacturer.

The Lead Project Controller will manage the PM&C processes of either small projects, or parts of larger, more complex projects with the support of the PM/Head of Projects. You will lead a small team, responsible for managing their delivery and performance and providing appraisal and support to their development.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the PM&C processes on a full project lifecycle to ensure that the needs of customers/users are met and that financial and other benefits are achieved.
  • Identifying, assessing, and managing risks to the success of the project.
  • Agreeing the PM&C approach with stakeholders, preparing realistic plans (including quality, risk and communications plans) and tracking activities against the project schedule, managing stakeholder involvement as appropriate.
  • Consolidating expertise from multiple sources, including third party experts, to provide coherent advice to organisational objectives.
  • Supporting and promoting the development and sharing of specialist knowledge within the organisation.
  • Performing advanced project reporting & scheduling.
  • Having a comprehensive knowledge of Business processes and procedures.

This is a role for an experienced project professional with a small team and the ability to deliver with limited guidance from the Line Manager.

To be considered for this role, you will:

  • Hold a PM Qualification such as APM, Prince2 or similar.
  • Be experienced with Primavera (P6) or an alternative Project Management Toolset.
  • Be an analytical thinker, able to look at PM data/trends and advise Project Managers accordingly.
  • Have working knowledge of EVM.
  • Have strong stakeholder management, able to extract and consolidate information from different sources.
  • Have Planning/Schedule management experience.
  • Have previous line management experience.

This comes with attractive benefits package and share scheme. The role offers flexible and some remote working, with 3 days on-site working. You must be eligible for SC clearance.

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