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.

Location and Grade

This role will be based in local operational zone.


Level 5

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

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, customer focused and capital construction works within a specified work zone; focusing on the Operational 0-1 year timescales. Prioritise all works to be delivered by National Grid ET Operations. Supported by our Central Portfolio Planning Process.

Confirm and share with wider NG business, the 90 day plan for which deliverability has been agreed.

Manage Work Deferral, and Work Not Done processes.

Work collaboratively with all National Grid delivery units to co-ordinate and manage conflict in the plan through cross functional working and planning meetings to determine whether the work & outage mix can be adjusted to meet the outcome target as and when required and identify opportunities to work flexibly within the zone, escalating any issues to the cross functional planning and delivery 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 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 Construction Project Engineers and Development Engineers around construction scheme development and construction scheme management processes

Work with NG internal process owners to drive improvements in the core planning process.

Provide clear direction and guidance to the activities of the Assistant Operational Planner and Scheduler.

Ensure assets are compliant with company statutory requirements, company policy obligations. Ensure a robust audit trail is maintained, in respect of Substation Site Routines and maintenance.

Other duties as assigned to ensure operational safety, compliance and delivery within Substations or Overhead Lines

Technical / Specialist Skills and Experience

Knowledge of the NG Planning Processes and Systems would be an advantage. e.g. Ellipse, TOGA, Click Schedule, WORTS, Delivery Workflow Tool (DWT) and Single View of the Plan (SVOP) etc... across all work types. Training for all above will be provided.

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 would be an advantage.

Experiences required

Demonstrated ability in managing and prioritising work resource and planning 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

Ability to work flexibly, and to adapt positively to change.


Minimum ONC (GNVQ level 3) preferably in an engineering discipline or the relevant experience in a previous role

Membership of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM)

Closing date

The advert will close on 27th January 2019