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Our Vacancy

Planner – Mechanical Planning

  • Nuclear
  • Permanent /
  • Bridgwater
  • 13/05/24
  • On site

Assystem is an international company with one mission: accelerate the energy transition around the world.

Every day, our 6,500 switchers located in 12 countries (Europe, Middle East, Pacific Asia & Africa) connect their six thousand billion neurons to tackle the task of the century: switching to low-carbon energy.

We are a collective committed to the actors who are making the energy switch. Sharing our knowledge, expertise and values allows us to innovate and think differently about the energy transition.

Drawing on more than 55 years’ experience in highly regulated sectors subject to strict security and safety requirements, we provide our customers with engineering and project management services, as well as digital services and solutions to optimize the performance of complex infrastructure projects throughout their life cycle. The Group is currently ranked second in the world for nuclear engineering.

To ensure a viable, efficient, and reliable energy future for all

Job Description

Job Purpose / Overview

Working in the Planning Discipline of Integrated Project Controls, under the direction and leadership of the IPC Planning Manager, to establish, develop and maintain Project schedules / plans for either the Central Controls Team or one of the Programme Controls Teams.  This will include the timely and accurate maintenance of the Integrated Work Schedule (IWS) in adherence with HPC processes, management of Level 3 (contract) schedules, and provision of time-related data and analysis.  To assist and support the Central Controls Team when required to ensure alignment with the Level 2 (client) IWS.  To support EDF Energy in making informed decisions to support the efficient and timely delivery of work scope


It is the overarching objective of the Integrated Project Controls (IPC) Function to act as a centre of excellence: the intelligent owners of the single source of delivery performance information, operating as an integrated enabler for the successful delivery of the HPC Project.


Contextual Information

Operating Environment

Thinking Environment:

  • In order to understand the operating environment, the job-holder will be familiar with the following key documents:


  • Company Manual – outlines the purpose of the company;
  • Project Execution & Business Plan – describes the delivery strategy for the Project;
  • Project Delivery Model – signposts readers to key procedures;
  • Integrated Project Controls Manual – how work is undertaken in the Integrated Project Controls Function;
  • Discipline-specific Procedures – detailed activity steps, interfaces, etc.


  • The Nuclear environment is highly regulated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR);
  • Nuclear Safety Culture is of paramount importance to the Project and embedded throughout.


Key Interfaces include:

  • Planning Discipline;
  • Other Integrated Project Controls Disciplines (Cost, Estimating, Risk, Performance Measurement & Analysis, Project Controls Managers (PCMs));
  • Project & Programme Managers;
  • Supply Chain Partners (Tier 1).


Framework & Boundaries

Breadth of Responsibility:

  • People:  None;
  • Budgets:  None;
  • Contracts:  The jobholder will manage a number of Project contracts that will vary in size and complexity.



Challenges and Problem Solving:

  • Ensure alignment of data between Planning and other Disciplines of Integrated Project Controls;
  • Work with key interfaces to identify and understand issues and concerns;
  • Collaboratively resolve issues, implement corrective action or escalate as required.



  • The jobholder will maintain Project data within their area of work and will be expected to identify local issues and suggest resolutions or changes.  The jobholder’s line manager will be accountable for the data and decisions will be referred upwards accordingly.


Principal Accountabilities


  • Support the IPC Planning Manager and/or PCM in the implementation and maintenance of Integrated Project Controls processes for Planning, including the production of monthly reports, through the provision of intelligent information and analysis;
  • Collaborate with other Disciplines of Integrated Project Controls, as well as other Project Support Functions, to help deliver Project goals in keeping with the HPC principles of Trust, Transparency and Teamwork;
  • Maintain an awareness of schedule interfaces with other Programmes and their potential impact.


Core Processes:

  • Produce and maintain the schedule baseline IWS in Primavera 6 (P6), with fully logic-linked work plans aligned to the Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and utilising approved construction techniques;
  • Ensure the Level 2 IWS is updated to an agreed timeframe for monthly reporting;
  • Ensure the HPC Level 3 schedules are updated when required to reflect work progress and performance, to an agreed timeframe defined by the Central Controls Team;
  • Ensure that contractor schedules are produced in accordance with HPC processes and ensure that they align to the IWS forecast position;
  • Maintain daily and weekly work planning in 4D model;
  • Provide quality checks on the Scheduling data;
  • Identify, analyse and provide solutions to time-related issues;
  • Co-ordinate and produce schedule reports to a defined reporting cycle;
  • Assist in the Trend & Change process, including analysis of schedule impact, generating performance indicators and providing feedback on areas of risk and opportunities;
  • Adhere to Project governance and Scheduling standards and procedures;
  • Ensure all Project documents, in particular Sensitive Nuclear Information, are correctly protectively marked, and protected in accordance with EDF policies and procedures.


  • Hinkley Point C is a circa £20bn project;
  • This role will involve working in either the Central Controls Team, which is the sub-division of the Integrated Project Controls Function that operates at Project level, or an integrated multi-disciplinary delivery team for one of the six Programmes (Civils, Nuclear Island, Conventional Island, Equipment, Commissioning, or Mechanical, Electrical & HVAC);
  • The scope of each individual role will vary depending on the job-holder’s area of responsibility;
  • The role reports to the Lead Planning Engineer, who in turn reports to either the IPC Planning Manager (Central) or to the PCM for the Programme with a functional report to the IPC Planning Manager;
  • There are no subordinates in this role;
  • The role is based at any HPC required location.

My profile

  • Essential

  • Detailed understanding of scheduling methodologies and techniques;
  • Technical and practical comprehension of engineering, procurement and construction methods and techniques in a UK context;
  • Ability to produce accurate, complete and fully logic-linked construction plans;
  • Good working knowledge of P6;
  • High level of analytical and numerical skills;
  • Good attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Desirable

  • Understanding of other Disciplines of Project Controls (particularly Estimating, Cost and Risk) including management techniques and associated software;
  • Understanding of earned value analysis;
  • Understanding of various contract types, in particular the NEC suite and FIDIC;
  • Working knowledge of schedule risk analysis techniques;
  • The ability to build relationships both internally and externally;
  • Good commercial awareness;
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Chinese languages an advantage.
  • Qualifications & Experience


  • Minimum of HND or equivalent qualification in Engineering, Construction or other related field;
  • Proven relevant experience in a Project Management or Project Controls environment in a similar Scheduling role;
  • Experience in the use of scheduling software, ideally Primavera P6 version 7 and above.
  • Desirable

  • Degree in Engineering, Construction or other related field;
  • Professionally qualified with chartered or equivalent status;
  • Experience of commercial contracting;
  • Experience of working over the full lifecycle of a project;
  • Experience on a major construction project;
  • Experience in the Nuclear sector.
  • Key Competencies

    The jobholder will be expected to have a working level of knowledge of, and to use, the following (or similar equivalent) software tools:

  • Primavera P6 (Scheduling);
  • Synchro (4D modelling);
  • Acumen Fuse (Schedule Analysis);
  • Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access);
  • Teamcenter (Document Control).
  • The HPC Project Controls team operate or interface with the following key systems and a working knowledge of these systems would be an advantage:

  • EcoSys (Cost, Changes, Earned Value Management);
  • ARM (Risks, Opportunities, Trends);
  • @risk (QCRA);
  • Safran (QSRA);
  • Primavera P6 (Scheduling);
  • Synchro (Schedule 4D modelling);
  • Acumen Fuse (Schedule Analysis);
  • Adobe Professional (Report Publishing);
  • Power BI (Business Intelligence Analytics);
  • SAP (Financial);
  • CEMAR (Supply Chain).
  • Behavioural Competences

  • Follow the HPC principles of Trust, Transparency, Teamwork;
  • Have a clear vision, direction and sense of purpose;
  • Ability to identify critical business issues;
  • Ability to innovate, think laterally and tackle new areas of business risk and opportunity;
  • Enthusiasm, energy, passion and conviction.
  • Embody the HPC values of Humility, Positivity, Clarity, Respect and Solidarity;
  • Understand and comply with rules and guidance about protecting sensitive Project data;
  • Be open in communication;
  • Be self-confident and assured;
  • Be honourable, trustworthy, fair and honest, and respect confidentiality
  • Results-focussed;
  • Striving for quality and excellence;
  • Strong and effective decision-making capabilities;
  • Know when to take own initiative and able to do so;
  • Pro-active approach to problem-solving;
  • Getting results and making things happen.
  • Ability to work in, and make a positive contribution to, a team;
  • Willingness to help with ad-hoc or one-off tasks;
  • Engage and motivate others;
  • Recognise, draw out and utilise the skills of others.
  • Good communicator both verbal and written
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as a planner working on large mechanical installation projects.
  • Able to extract/compare/analyse data.
  • Evidence of ability to develop scenario (what if) schedules
  • Evidence of issue identification – resolution and mitigation
  • Appropriate sustained experience over project lifecycle engineering, manufacturing and construction)
  • General understanding of Project Controls and the link between Schedule, Cost & Risk
  • Knowledge of NEC (Preferred)

Specific requirements

  • Minimum 10 years MEH experience working on large scale infrastructure/ industrial
  • Projects
  • Experience working in a pipe fabrication environment (preferred)
  • Qualification in Mechanical Engineering (Preferred)

 **Security clearance**

This role requires the successful candidate to hold a minimum of a Security Check (SC) clearance without any caveats to that clearance.

Due to the nature of work this role will be delivering and for the protection of certain assets, the successful candidate has to be a UK national or in MoD approved cases a Dual National from a non-ITAR country.

We are committed to equal treatment of candidates and promote, as well as foster all forms of diversity within our company. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds and perspectives is essential for creating innovative and impactful solutions. Skills, talent, and our people’s ability to dare are the only things that matter !. Bring your unique contributions and help us shape the future.

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