Project Planner

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Date: 11-Jan-2022

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Company: Alstom

Req ID:206024 

We create smart innovations to meet the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow. We design and manufacture a complete range of transportation systems, from high-speed trains to electric buses and driverless trains, as well as infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a truly global community of more than 75 000 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.  

Join us as a Project Planner, and you’ll be looking at a career-defining role based in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania.


The Project Planner is responsible for guiding the Project Core Team in the management of all planning, scheduling and progress control related aspects of the project in accordance with the Planning & Scheduling Process. He or she either leads all planning & scheduling activities on the project or reports to the Lead Planner of the project (especially on bigger projects).

He/she provides the knowledge and the tools to plan the project scope of work and all related deliverables during project launch. This includes the application of the generic WBS and using it as a cost and progress management tool throughout the project.

The Project Planner establishes and updates the Detailed Project Schedule (DPS), including leading the harmonization and integration of sub-schedules from all parties (functions, subdivisions) involved in the project. The Project Planner needs to challenge all inputs from all parties. The Project Planner regularly tracks and reports progress against the baseline schedule and continuously monitors risks and opportunities as well as proactively develops scenarios, mitigation or back-up plans if required. The Project Planner produces schedule related KPI’s as required by the project. The Project Planner is an important member of the Change Control Board.

He/she supports the Project Manager in discussions related to delays and/or improvements of the schedule.

He/she supports the Project Manager or the Supply Manager representatives communicating detailed schedule objectives or issues to suppliers or partners.

When in the lead in a consortium, he/she maintains direct contact with peers in partner companies and manages schedule development and follow-up within the consortium. When not in the lead, he/she maintains direct contact with peers in partner companies on detailed schedule development and reporting; cooperating proactively with lead planner and peers in partner companies.




Functional duties to the Project Core Team

  • Responsible for guiding the Project Core Team in the planning of activities to deliver the project using standard tools (e.g. generic Product Breakdown Structure and Work Breakdown Structure)
  • Responsible for establishing and updating the DPS based on common objectives within the project
  • Responsible for monitoring and reporting on schedule progress and deviations within all parties involved in the project
  • Responsible for communicating the DPS to all parties involved in the project, including any changes to the DPS
  • Responsible for regularly monitoring critical path(s) of the schedule to identify risks and opportunities and develop mitigation or recovery plans
  • The role is mandated to make any internal contacts, and in a consortium,  any external contacts, needed to perform the duties

Leadership duties within the Project Core Team

  • Lead meetings related to DPS topics within the Project Core Team and with other functions
  • Manage, with the support of all Project Core Team members, the effective communication of the current DPS to all relevant stakeholders, including any updates
  • Ensure that schedule implications of change requests are made visible and clear prior to presentation and decision making in the Change Control Board

Specific responsibilities to other Project Core Team roles

  • Regularly update the Project Controller with any and all progress or delays to the DPS to secure that implications to the EAC are monitored
  • Ensure that the Risk & Opportunity Manager is regularly updated with possible threats or opportunity derived from present or future deviations to the DPS


Qualifications :



  • A university degree, preferably in Engineering or Business.
  • Or a tertiary qualification and planning & scheduling experience. Additional qualification in planning & scheduling is an advantage.

Relevant experience required (i.e. directly linked to the requirements of the position/role)

  • Typically, minimum 6 years of experience in relevant role
  • Working experience either in Engineering, Project Management, Operations, Procurement, Bids, Sales, or Finance
  • Has experience in working in a multicultural environment (e.g. working in international teams, international projects etc.)
  • Has worked on several projects and/ or bids, ideally in similar business areas (e.g. railways, construction, oil & gas, technology, energy)
  • Has planning experience on projects of similar scale
  • Knowledge and 6 years of Primavera software experience is a must.
  • Fluent English

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


An agile, inclusive and responsible culture is the foundation of our company where diverse people are offered excellent opportunities to grow, learn and advance in their careers. We are committed to encouraging our employees to reach their full potential, while valuing and respecting them as individuals.


Alstom is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, National, or Local Laws.


Effective 29 January 2021, Alstom completed the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation. This is a Bombardier Transportation Legal Entity Position - positions at Bombardier Transportation companies are all members of the Alstom Group.


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