VIE - Project Planner

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Date: 08-Sep-2022

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US

Company: Alstom

Req ID:346021 

Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide 


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


As the Project Planner (VIE), you will be 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.


Your responsibilities will include:

Functional duties to the Project Core Team

  • Responsible for guiding the Project Core Team in the planning of activities to deliver the project using Primavera and standard project life cycle workflows (e.g. generic Product Breakdown Structure and Work Breakdown Structure)
  • Responsible for establishing and updating the DPS (detailed project schedule) based on common objectives within the project
  • Responsible for updating schedule progress and maintaining the resource loaded DPS (detailed project schedule), including the forecasted Estimate to Complete (ETC).  Will analyse variances and resolve issues.  Responsible to communicate any deviation from the project baseline.  
  • Responsible for regularly monitoring critical path(s) of the schedule to identify risks and opportunities and develop mitigation or recovery plans
  • Responsible for data quality and accuracy of the DPS (detailed project schedule). 
  • 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
  • Provide timely schedule updates in cadence with PMO reporting and KPI metrics, i.e., schedule adherence, resource histograms, cash-in forecasting, etc.
  • 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 all progress or delays to the DPS to secure that implications to the EAC are monitored
  • Ensure that the Project Manager and/or Risk & Opportunity Manager is regularly updated with possible threats or opportunity derived from present or future deviations to the DPS
  • Specific responsibilities to PMO
  • Participate and/or lead process improvement initiatives for the PMO.
  • Provide mentorship to junior planners and help them to improve their skills


As our ideal candidate you have:

  • A university degree, preferably in Engineering or Business.
  • Or a tertiary qualification and planning & scheduling experience. Additional qualification in planning & scheduling is an advantage.
  • PMI PMP or PMI SP.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in relevant role,
  • Excellent knowledge of Primavera software is a must
  • Demonstrated experience with managing resource-loaded schedules in Primavera,
  • Planning experience on large complex projects, preferably in transportation, oil & gas, technology, energy, construction sectors
  • Experience in working in a multicultural environment (e.g. working in international teams, international projects etc)
  • Worked on several projects and/ or bids, ideally in similar business areas
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Office is an advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of Power BI is an advantage.
  • Familiarity with Acumen Fuse, ARM, SAP or other industry-standard database/tools for project planning/management

Alstom is the leading company in the mobility sector, solving the most interesting challenges for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why we value inquisitive and innovative people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable. Day after day, we are building an agile, inclusive and responsible culture, where a diverse group of people are offered opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, with options across functions and geographic locations. Are you ready to join a truly international community of great people on a challenging journey with a tangible impact and purpose?  


Equal opportunity statement:
Alstom is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by local law. 





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