Project/Programme Planner

Job Title: Project/Programme Planner
Contract Type: Contract
Location: England
Salary: £25 - £27 per day + Inside IR35
Start Date: September 2021
Reference: BBBH27800_1628688834
Contact Name: Zoe Latuszka
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 11, 2021 14:33

Job Description

Planning Manager
£25-27 per hour. Inside IR35
Start: ASAP
End: 31st March 2022
Role is remote for foreseeable but if you can attend the office part time/when required that is beneficial. Offices in Newport (South Wales) or Titchfield (Fareham)


  • Leadership
  • Working together
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical Skills (from Project Delivery Capability Framework and level)
  • Planning - GPDCF - Practitioner
  • Frameworks and Methodologies - GPCDF - Awareness

Desirable Qualifications
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • Agile Project Management Practitioner * APM Project Management Qualification
  • APM Practitioner Qualification
  • Planning, Monitoring & Control (APMG).

Job Advertisement

About us
Public Policy Analysis (PPA) Directorate in the Office for National Statistics is the lead area for social and socio-economic analysis. It is a diverse, multidisciplinary Directorate producing high profile, high value outputs in major areas such as crime, income and wealth, inequalities, the environment and topical cross-cutting analysis.

We want PPA to be the best Directorate within ONS with a happy, motivated and high performing team of professionals, with impact across and beyond government. We aim to build on our already impressive service, delivering more high value work with big impact.

In order for us to perform to our best capabilities, we are establishing a Programme Management Office within PPA. Working from within Strategy, Synthesis and Co-ordination Division, the post holder will play a fundamental role in the provision of a suite of PMO activities and attendant support functions across the PPA Directorate which promote, guide and monitor PPA's contribution to the UKSA strategy and the requirements of the Director and the Senior Leadership Team.

Job Description

The role of the Project Planner is to work with stakeholders to ensure all aspects of the project are defined. The planner provides clarity on key milestones to define what, when and how activities will be organised to ensure the outcomes of a project can be achieved, with the resources available. They lead on all aspects of project planning, which will include the development, updating and monitoring of plans and schedules. They identify tasks, activities, interdependencies and outputs for the project and work with the project team to track and monitor progress against the plan throughout the life of the project.

Typical role responsibilities:
  • Lead on planning activity and work with the project to support delivery of the business case benefits and outcomes. Support capability building and the use of best practice in planning and reporting. Provide expert advice for team members and programme community.
  • Challenge and test project assumptions to ensure that plans are realistic and achievable. Develop of breakdown structures, quality criteria, product descriptions and monitoring strategy. Support the Programme Management Office manager to identify options to optimise delivery through resource smoothing, resource levelling and rescheduling of activities.
  • Identify and plan for wider resource requirements for the programme.
  • Ensure that stakeholder responsibilities and needs are understood and addressed in reporting arrangements. Develops peer networks across the department.
  • Monitor and analyse information, reporting progress, slippage and highlighting areas of risk and opportunity.
  • Provide expert advice on planning processes throughout the lifecycle of the Programme.


Essential Criteria
  • Strong communication skills, with a track record of clarifying and summarizing key information to provide clear advice which facilitates effective decision making
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills with a proven record of establishing, building and maintaining strong, collaborative and productive relationships across functional and organisational boundaries
  • Evidence of establish sound processes and operating within professional standards promoting best practice and consistent approaches

Desirable Criteria
  • Demonstrable experience in and understanding of planning in a project/programme and/or portfolio management environment across a range of frameworks and methodologies and how it supports successful delivery
  • A proven track record of successfully leading and influencing stakeholders on all aspects of project/programme planning, including the development, updating and monitoring of plans, schedules, milestones, interdependencies and outputs

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