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National Grid Lead Planner, Capital Project Planning in Syracuse, New York

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National Grid is hiring a Lead Planner for our Project Controls and Compliance Execution department in Syracuse, NY.

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

The Project Controls Lead Scheduler will develop and oversee the schedule management delivery of projects within Gas Complex Construction. Utilizing Primavera P6, the scheduler will develop, monitor, update, and apply project controls techniques to ensure scope, schedule, and budget adherence throughout the Network Development Process.

The Project Controls Lead Scheduler obtains information on cost and schedule, provides analysis and recommendations to drive and support project goals and positively influence project direction; performs time impact analysis and schedule forecasting, Contractor schedule analysis to detect and identify contractor slippage, variance reporting and special studies; and evaluate and report the impacts of scope change, variance in PM (Project Management) project forecast and/or productivity changes and recommends corrective actions.

Key Accountabilities

  • Accountable for building and developing project schedules across a portfolio. The schedules will be built using the agreed work breakdown structure to support Engineers, Project Development, Project Managers, and Resource Planning.

  • Progress each project every month to ensure all projects are monitored for project controls in line with the monthly reporting cycle, checking accuracy, quality, and consistency of data, as well as supporting the end of year reconciliation process.

  • Accountable for using the schedule and forecast to review the project cost/schedule integration throughout the Network Development Process.

  • Accountable for ensuring schedule data is accurate to allow Project Controls to report milestones, planned value and earned value data, % completed on projects and project commentaries. 

  • Provide expert technical input and define policy as the best way of using the primavera tool to model projects e.g., interface milestones or links between activities, portfolio views etc.

  • Understand sound scheduling logic and the interface of milestones and links between activities, portfolio views, etc.

  • Oversee and support the activities of other team members, providing advice and coaching, as necessary.

  • Lead Project Controls team in training, development, and quality control/ quality assurance efforts.

  • Represent the Project Controls team as a subject matter expert.

  • Develop and refine new processes and procedures to ensure good schedule health and Dashboard reporting.

  • Assists Project Managers with evaluations and refinement of project cost, cash flows and budgets throughout the project’s life cycle by assessing and communicating status, variances, trends, and actuals.

  • Utilizes information such as bids, project scope changes/change control board, invoices, internal and external labor / contractors, material, and equipment to perform monthly project forecasting.

  • Provides detailed project and program management cost analysis reports to Project Managers, Engineering, Resource Planning, and key stakeholders

  • Evaluates and reports the cost impact from scope changes and/or productivity changes and recommends corrective actions, as necessary.

  • Analyzes project estimates and actuals to establish accurate historical project data for future use.

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Good leadership and team management.

  • The ability to support and communicate and effectively develop working relationships with staff at all levels.

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of project scheduling.

  • Ability to use computer-based planning tools and work scheduling systems.


  • 5+ years’ experience in project management, cost analyst experience, or schedule management or equivalent relevant experience.

  • The Scheduler Candidate shall have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Building Engineering, Bachelor of Architecture, or an equivalent of eight (8) years of verifiable work experience in a scheduling role.

  • Considerably proven experience and expert knowledge in schedule development and analysis including milestone management, critical path analysis, understanding of float and time risk allowance and earned value methodologies.

  • Understanding of how individual projects interact with each other as a result of outage plans and project interdependencies.

  • Expert using Primavera P6 and moderate in Power BI to create project schedules, dashboard, contractor claim analysis, and progress them using a pre-defined work breakdown structure, to optimize the performance of a portfolio of projects and familiar with the issues that arise on projects and how to overcome them.

  • The candidate shall have demonstrated relevant experience preparing various types of Baseline Schedules, and Monthly Contract Schedules Updates for multi-disciplinary infrastructure, power, gas, oil, or transportation projects of similar scope and complexity to the Contract. The Candidate shall demonstrate at least two (2) years of complex project experience.

  • Must have Microsoft Power BI, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills.

  • Experienced in influencing, persuading, communicating, challenging, and negotiating.

  • A valid driver’s license is required with a safe driving history that meets National Grid’s Safe Driver policy.

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$114,000 - $134,000 a year

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.