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Project Governance & Planning Specialist

Location:
Cheltenham
Company:
General Electric

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Essential Responsibilities


    Educate, coach, and mentor Engineering Programme and Project Managers and others on GE project Planning techniques and application
    Lead and facilitate planning workshops for cross-functional project teams, supporting off-sites and leadership meetings as appropriate
    Define, maintain and embed standard processes and templates, supported by effective quality and performance measures, in liaison with the Engineering Program & Project Manager
    Provide training to the project management community, including Scheduling and Earned Value Management, to address skill gaps and drive ongoing performance improvement
    Work closely with the Program Managers (PMs) and Engineering Project Managers (EPMs) to ensure that project planning is carried out in accordance with policies and procedures
    Develop an Engagement Plan and Action List, tailored specifically to each project, to support the delivery of a robust Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) within an optimised cycle time
    Perform regular project health checks as an independent reviewer
    Review high level plan data, risks and opportunities, and Basis of Estimate (BoE) information
    Agree the scope and deliverables expected from the engagement process with each project
    Guide the project team in aligning the high level master plan and the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to commence the build of the IMS
    Lead the production of the planning process deliverables, including:
    • Master Schedule with milestones
      Detailed schedule networked, time phased, resource loaded and levelled
    • Critical path(s) and project resource profile
    • Performance Measurement Baseline
      Updates to Cost and Schedule Management tools
      Updates to Risk and Opportunities Register
      Activity Based Management (ABM) data for Control Account Managers (CAMs)
    Support the preparation and delivery of inputs to the Tollgate approval process
    Support the transition of the project plan into the Operational Rhythm
    Provide ongoing support for baseline management, change management, and regular project monitoring and control activities
    Provide support, mentoring and training for projects on effective cost and schedule management; and to the team of Project Controllers, to enhance the overall planning and schedule monitoring/control capability across the team
    Ensure that all projects define and follow a clear and robust Project Management Plan, including regular schedule, financial, RAID and resource reviews
    Analyse schedule trends and produce regular forecasts of schedule performance and issues for project reviews
    Support the EPMs/PMs to ensure that through the engineering development phase of a project, milestones are consistently met in accordance with customer and programme requirements
    Apply knowledge and experience to support project ‘deep dives’ and troubleshooting as required
    Drive a culture of continuous improvement and positive change, through regular process and project quality reviews

    Role Summary/Purpose

    This is a key role within the Engineering Ops team, working closely with a large number of project teams across the Avionics function, supporting successful project start-up, control of robust project plans and predictability of project delivery. Reporting into the Engineering Operations team, the role carries key responsibility for embedding planning standards, driving project start-ups, supporting robust baseline management, Earned Value Management and change control.

    Qualifications/Requirements


      Extensive demonstrable scheduling experience
      Project planning/management qualification(s) (Prince2, APMP or similar)
      Significant experience in leading Project Governance and Project PlanningRecent practical experience of Earned Value Management
      Proven experience of influencing and driving behaviours
      Strong team player with proven group activity leadership skills
      Ability to work on Military projects

      Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EU/EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post, as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information please visit the

      Desired Characteristics


        Conscientious, committed, driven individual who shows initiative and ability to drive change
        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
        Proactive problem identification and resolution
        Influencing and negotiation skills
        Ability to resolve conflict

        About Us

        At GE Aviation, we are imagination at work. Whether we’re manufacturing components for our GEnx engines or driving innovation in fuel and noise reduction, the GE Aviation teams are dedicated to turning imaginative ideas into advances in aviation that solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Join us and you’ll find yourself in a dynamic environment where our ongoing, substantial investment in research and development keeps us moving forward and looking ahead. At GE, developing people is embedded in our culture and integral to our growth. Here you’ll work collaboratively and across functions with the highest caliber talent, utilizing cutting-edge technology and processes. Whether it’s the next generation of ecomagination products or the future of aircraft engines, we’ve got the state-of-the-art resources to make those innovations a reality. If you’re passionate about aviation and looking for a career rich with challenges and unlimited opportunities for growth and advancement, then join GE in reengineering the sky through aviation innovations that will impact the globe for generations to come.

        GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, and according with all local laws protecting different status.

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