Senior Planner

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Date: Jan 29, 2024

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 89407 

Job Category: Project Controls; Engineering; Project Engineering; Project Management 

Location: Houston, TX, United States 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.

Ready to take the next step in your career? We are currently seeking a Lead Planner for our Houston, TX office.The Lead Planner is responsible for the delivery of project planning and progress measurement, ensuring that Hatch procedures and best practices are applied, as appropriate, and recommending changes to the Project Controls Manager where required. The Project Lead Planner is responsible for developing and maintaining the project master schedule to meet the project objectives. Managing the planning resources allocated to the project by leading and directing Planners/Schedulers and subordinates so that they are motivated and have access to the required resources in order to meet the work objectives set for them. Manage and mentor planning/scheduling team to ensure that staff has an understanding of what is expected of them and has the necessary skills to execute the requirements. Identification training and development requirements for staff and ensure skills development takes place.


Key Responsibilities


  • A strong personal commitment to safety
  • Personal responsibility for safety incident reporting
  • Behavioral-based safety ethos to be embraced
  • Personal responsibility for stopping any unsafe behavior as and when it occurs, and
  • thereafter reporting the safety incident so that corrective action may be obtained
  • Familiarization with Hatch safety processes, protocols and procedures.


Previous phase data verification and Project set-up

  • Meet Functional Managers to finalize current phase project set-up schedule
  • Conduct interactive planning meeting with Functional Managers to finalize project implementation schedule
  • Confirm level 1and 2 project schedule and critical path and set baseline for project implementation phase
  • Confirm and refine FEL4 level 3 scheduling (incl. early works and understand schedule basis).
  • Prepare Schedule Development Plan for the phase


Project master schedule development

  • Confirm and refine FEL4 level 3 scheduling
  • Identify and schedule critical vendor data requirements
  • Populate approved measurable commodity quantities and labor to produce baseline S-curves
  • Participate in project schedule risk analysis and include resultant contingency in baseline
  • Prepare FEL4 schedule basis
  • Using progress reports (early and late curves) and project schedule (level 3 baseline); maintain, optimize and monitor progress. Identify and resolve issues
  • Develop FEL4 level 3 commissioning schedule
  • Analyze contractor level 4 schedule and provide recommendations.


Project schedule monitoring and updates

  • Generate and verify weekly updates and issue progress reports
  • Maintain and optimize schedule, monitor progress, highlight and resolve schedule issues
  • Generate all progress curves
  • Develop and maintain commodity and resource profile
  • Extract and publish four-week look ahead schedule
  • Monitor slippages and critical and near critical paths and discuss with Project Controls Manager for resolution
  • Establish all equipment/ material and contractor ROS (Required on Site) dates
  • Provide schedule input to the procurement bid process including reporting requirements and vendor and contractor milestone dates
  • Assist with bid evaluation and ongoing management of the vendors and contractors with respect to their schedule commitments.


Project trend and change management

  • Once a change is approved, maintain and optimize the schedule, monitor progress and highlight/ resolve areas of potential concern.


Project progress measurement and earned value

  • Generate and verify weekly updates and issue progress reports
  • Obtain progress info via progress reports, EPCM status report, vendor progress report and cost report and calculate progress for construction packages.


Qualifications and Experience 


  • Tertiary qualification in engineering or other relevant discipline or appropriate substituted experience 
  • In Depth understanding of the EPCM industry and practices;
  • Two to four years relevant experience in managerial position supported by five to eight years’ experience as a planner in a multi discipline project environment 
  • Sound technical knowledge in a multi-discipline environment 
  • Hands on knowledge in the use of Primavera Project Planner P6 
  • Technical overview of work methods and techniques 
  • Risk management principles 



  • Interpersonal and good communication skills in the areas of both written and verbal communication 
  • Computer literacy (MS Office package) 
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines 
  • Planning and organizing 
  • Problem solving and mitigating skills
  • Experience with 4D planning
  • Knowledge of forms of contract including CMAR will be a definite advantage


Why join us?

What we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.


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