Project planner

Establishes and maintains detailed and comprehensive project work plans for a large or complex project.

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Job title

Project planner


Establishes and maintains detailed and comprehensive project work plans for a large or complex project

Average competence level

Level 2

Accountable to

Project manager or business manager

Responsible for


Key staff relationships

Accountable for project specific outputs to project manager.

Liaison with work package managers to maintain and consolidate workstream plans.

Main accountabilities

1.       To manage and maintain workstream plans and consolidate these into an integrated project plan.

2.       To advise the project manager on key dependencies and resource conflicts arising from the plans.

3.       To be proactive in assessing future activities for key risks and advise the project manager on potential outcomes.

4.       Communicate the key milestones and deliveries to all stakeholders in a format that best fits the reader.

Person specification

Career experience – at least two years working in a formal project management environment

Project experience - whole lifecycle experience seeing project plans developed, managed and the impact of change upon them.

Qualifications – foundation level in project management (e.g. APM IC, PRINCE2 Foundation, CAPM or equivalent).  Competent in project planning tools (e.g. Microsoft Project)

Skills – drive, commitment, confidence, communication, problem-solving, flexibility

Programme and project management competence levels

Required average is Level 2 across 10 of the 15 areas. Minimum levels:


·         Work planning (Level 4)

·         Risk management (Level 2)

·         Change control (Level 2)

·         Monitoring and control (Level 2)

·         Others (Level 1)


Excluded areas:

·         Contract negotiation

·         Leadership and vision

·         Organisation and governance

·         Benefits realisation

·         Line management



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