Operational Planner - Military veterans preferred

National Grid (https:\\careers.nationalgridus.com)
Defense Contracting


  full-time   employee

United Kingdom

About us

We are National Grid, and we are at the heart of energy. From heating homes to making sure businesses fire on all cylinders, we’re using our engineering excellence to connect people and the planet. We’re also looking to the future – innovating, inventing, and transforming – to make possible the energy systems of tomorrow. And that’s why there’s never been a more exciting time to join us and help us to make a difference to people’s lives every day.

Job Purpose

You will be accountable for optimisation, prioritisation, resourcing and scheduling of the Operational plan in current year, ensuring National Grid Operational Zonal targets are fully met. Ensuring current year planning conflicts are prioritised and resolved within appropriate timescales.

You will monitor progress against outcome targets within zone, proactively resolving escalations.


Berkswell will be your base location, travel is required within zone for the role. You will receive a company car provision. A full valid driving license is essential. 


Level 5


A competitive salary between £31,900 - £35,700 – dependent on experience

As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on personal and company performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 10%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.

Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible for a rolling and dynamic plan for all operational, unlicensed and capital works within a specified Zone; focusing on the Operational 0-1 year timescales. Prioritise all works to be delivered by ET Operations.
  • Confirm and share with wider business, the 90 day plan for which deliverability has been agreed.
  • Ensure timely safety risk assessments are initiated where maintenance has been deferred and assess and manage any constraints to determine any mitigating actions which are require to meet area targets and ensure plan deliverability.
  • Work collaboratively with all National Grid delivery units to co-ordinate and manage conflict in the plan through cross functional working to determine whether the work & outage mix can be adjusted to meet the outcome target as and when required and identify opportunities to flex work within the zone, escalating any issues to the cross functional teams. Identify the need for work to be re-planned and manage change requests to the plan efficiently determining the limiting factor and ensure all re-planning  activities are carried out in a timely manner
  • Ensure all planning decisions are documented in the relevant systems and are communicated with reasoning to all relevant stakeholders
  • Engage Capital Delivery Project Engineers and Development Engineers around scheme development and scheme management processes
  • Work with process owners to drive improvements in the core planning process
  • Review and sign off demand at risk in a timely manner
  • Provide clear direction and guidance to the activities of the Assistant Operational Planner and Scheduler
  • Ensure assets are compliant with statutory requirements, company policy obligations. Ensure a robust audit trail is maintained, WSEs, Routines and maintenance
  • Other duties as assigned to ensure operational compliance, safety and delivery within Substations or Overhead Lines

Technical / Specialist Skills and Experience

Technical or Specialist skills

  • Knowledge of the Planning Processes and Systems e.g. Ellipse, TOGA, Click Schedule, WORTS, Delivery Workflow Tool (DWT) and Single View of the Plan (SVOP) etc… across all work types
  • A good understanding of Asset Maintenance policy and application, and resource requirements, being able to formulate robust work plans and to appropriate debate/challenge conflicting views.
  • Knowledge of NG Safety Rules, National Safety Instructions and Working Procedures


Experiences required

  • Demonstrated ability in managing and prioritising conflicts in real time
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex issues and their resolution and multitask and prioritise
  • Management of resource plans and other constraints in an operational environment
  • Proven flexibility to adapt positively to change


  • Minimum ONC (GNVQ level 3) preferably in an engineering discipline or the relevant experience in a previous roleMembership of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM)
  • Membership of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM)

Advert Close Date

The advert will close on 27th January 2019