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Job description for DE&S/SDA Project Planner or Scheduler

The Project Delivery function tracks and delivers some of the most complex and exciting projects in UK defence, offering fantastic variety with the support to shape and grow your career. With Project Controls and Project Management specialists working arm-in-arm, together our teams deliver fast-paced, cutting-edge projects – from the newest armoured vehicles to ground-breaking future aviation technologies – while ensuring critical core programmes keep moving forward, too.

Are you an experienced Project Planner or Project Scheduler, looking for a new and exciting opportunity? We are currently looking for experienced Senior Project Planners and Schedulers to lead planning and scheduling across some of our most complex and exciting projects. Do not worry if you are experienced in one or the other, as long as you have a desire to lead we will provide specialist training and coaching to get you up to speed quickly.

What does Planning and Scheduling mean to us at DE&S and SDA?

Planning is determining the overall objectives of the Project and associated strategy for delivery along with ‘what’ is to be produced, ‘who’ will undertake the work, and ‘how’ the project will be achieved.

Scheduling involves the ‘when’, ‘how long’, and the ‘sequence’. The Project Scheduler has the responsibility for preparing the project schedule, monitoring progress and gaining inputs from all stakeholders.

These varied, exciting and challenging posts will see you following technical standards to support Project Delivery. You will ensure all scope is captured, represented, controlled, and maintained within project plans; along with this you will work with suppliers and stakeholders to integrate relevant information and will be responsible for undertaking and managing planning and scheduling activity for high complexity, and high-risk projects – helping to drive delivery.

This could be the ideal career for you, providing a rare opportunity to expand your skills and experience whilst working on a variety of one-of-a-kind projects critical to UK Defence.

Due to security requirements, some of these posts is Reserved for Sole UK Nationals.

You will be based at the Bristol Abbey Wood site. You will be expected to attend the site more frequently initially to familiarise yourselves to the site, the team and position you will be working on in more detail. We operate a hybrid working environment and the expectation will then be to attend site around twice a week.

We strongly recommend tailoring your CV in line with our CV guidance before applying, with specific sections to highlight Key Achievements, Relevant Experience, and Applied Skills & Knowledge.

Responsibilities for DE&S/SDA Project Planner or Scheduler

In this role, you will be entrusted with:

  • Providing leadership, supervision and direction to support junior planners and schedulers; setting and assuring organisational standards are complied with considering dependencies and integration.
  • Leading planning / scheduling effort for new baselines including running workshops, working with suppliers, customers and internal stakeholders to ensure all scope is captured.
  • Conducting analysis of supplier schedules to inform and update the integrated project plan displaying performance against the approved baseline. Regularly providing insights to the Project team on current status and forecast to ensure effective management of the project.
  • Ensuring all project planning artefacts and schedule baselines are maintained under change control.
  • Providing reporting and analysis including forecasting, critical path, milestone slip assessment, resourcing requirements against the plan, and earned value management to ensure the Project owner has the relevant data to effectively manage the project and make informed decisions.
  • Working closely with Cost Control and Risk Management to ensure cost and Risk are appropriately identified and managed in the project plan and to support Schedule Risk Analysis for decision making.

Person specification

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Extensive experience of working in a complex Project environment with detailed Planning and/or Scheduling experience.
  • For Schedulers experience of using scheduling software is required (Primavera P6, Microsoft Project or similar).
  • For Planners experience of Project Planning Methodologies and implementation into a project environment.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing and interpreting complex data and providing insights to stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with evidence of working with a variety of Project Stakeholders.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competences and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

  • Planning & Scheduling
  • Controlling a Project
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace


We’re pleased to offer a generous benefits package to support everything from your work-life balance to your bank balance, including:

  • 25 days’ holiday a year, plus 1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday
  • A market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27 percent, an annual performance-based bonus, and recognition awards
  • Flexible and hybrid working wherever possible, to support your work-life balance (though some attendance to the stated site is required)
  • Access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications, with plenty of opportunities and support for progression
  • A huge range of discounts including retail, sports, leisure, restaurants, gifts, days out, holidays, cinema, motoring, insurance, health care, gym memberships, and more
  • Up to six days of paid leave a year for volunteering
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave schemes, offering 100% pay for 26 weeks (after a qualifying period)
  • We champion a diverse and inclusive environment, where everyone can be themselves and give their best. We believe that by harnessing the power of different ideas, experiences, and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
  • Discover more in the DE&S Little Book of Big Benefits, the SDA benefits guide, and ourpension schemes

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Job Details

Job title

DE&S/SDA Project Planner or Scheduler


£43,400 – £47,000

Contract type


Business area

Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts


Recruitment contact

Luke Clements – DE&S/SDA Talent Acquisition Specialist –

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