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Senior Planner - MEP

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Job Introduction

Reporting to the Senior MEP Project Manager and SCS MEP Planning manager, will be responsible for the MEP programme development, co-ordination, and reporting for HS2 S1 and S2 lots.

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. 

Role Responsibility

  • Develop the SCS MEP programme – focusing on construction, commissioning, and handover
  • Work with the Head of Planning, MEP Planning Manager, and Area Planning Manager to ensure a consistent approach.
  • Manage multiple supply chain programme submissions, and co-ordinate works on a weekly basis
  • Ensuring the programme meets all required access dates, milestones and key dates, contract data and works information.
  • Contribute to assessment of MEP programme risks and programme risk analysis, including development and implementation of mitigation measures.
  • Progress monitoring and regular updating of the programme, including forecasting of potential problem areas and mitigation proposals as required.
  • Pursuing excellence and continuous improvement of the SCS construction planning approach, modification of standard processes and procedures for effective and continuously improvement.
  • Assessment of change and PMI’s and communication of impacts as required
  • Appraisal, review and assessment of supply chain programmes and inclusion in main programme as required.
  • Support the Development and submission of construction phase plans for MEP Works
  • Provide the information in several formats including but not limited to excel spreadsheet/schedules, Gant charts.
  • Ensure each programme submitted shall pay particular attention to dependencies, critical path, and programme delays.
  • Work with commercial and project teams to include the impact of changes into programmes.
  • Assist with the Implementation of systems/structures to ensure compliance with company requirements on project reporting
  • Conduct critical path analysis of sequencing and sequencing methodologies.
  • Work closely with the Senior MEP Project Manager to maintain programme schedules and manage the interface between schedules.
  • Provide an independent review of progress of various activities at the frequency required by senior management.
  • Make recommendations, challenge programme proposals, and give advice to teams on improving programme duration.
  • Liaise with project teams to monitor progress and highlight deviations from schedule.
  • Advise teams impact of programme scheduling.
  • Participate in defining work package breakdown and identifying scope of works to develop project delivery strategy and planning.
  • Prepare progress reports as required from gathering information from the construction teams.
  • Record, monitor and report on project delay items.
  • Establish and maintain exception reports for all MEP critical delays.
  • Input into client dependency analysis and reporting.

Other Responsibilities

  • Maintain short- and medium-term programmes to ensure main programme objectives are met.
  • Manage other MEP planning team members as required 

The Ideal Candidate


  • Experience in a similar level role, responsible for the Programme co-ordination of Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health systems, during construction, testing, commissioning, and handover.
  • A professional qualification or degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related subject
  • Knowledge of the development and implementation of asset structures, planning standards, WBS and planning processes.
  • Competence in Primavera P6 and Tilos
  • Knowledge of Safety, Environment and Risk Management
  • Flexible with good organisation skills


  • Experience of MEP Programme Management on a major rail project
  • Experience of Early Contractor Involvement models and NEC forms of contract
  • Expert knowledge of products, construction details and relevant rules, regulations, and quality standards
  • Experience of a self-assurance contract environment
  • Microsoft Office Packages
  • MS Projects
  • Knowledge of M&E systems and installation processes
  • Understanding of commissioning requirements and processes
  • Experience in programming M&E services packages, minimum of 5 years

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 London Tunnels Contract. Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

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.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, 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 require 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 we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

SCS Railways is a Disability Confident Leader.  We want to encourage disabled people to apply for our roles and have an opportunity to display your skills, talent, and abilities.  We will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Please see the disability confident commitments:

To be considered for an interview under this scheme you have:

  • A physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated in your application and pre-interview stage that you meet the minimum job criteria and person specification for the role

SCS Railways

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