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Planner - Engineering

Location: Newton Aycliffe, Durham County, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0003579
Date Posted: Sep 18, 2023
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Are you looking for opportunities to work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the around the globe? Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

In this exciting role, you will be based out of UK Manufacturing site in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham or our UK HQ in Ludgate Hill, London

As on overview you will be responsible for:

  • Establishing engineering planning processes and templates in order for UK engineering to identify workload issues.
  • Ensuring every project/bid has a robust plan/programme, which is updated weekly and used to inform efficient delivery
  • Support the Engineering Planning Team through the development of Project Engineering P6 Processes, templates and Programmes for Bids and Projects. 
  • Develop and maintain standard planning process, governance for utilisation by project teams and ensure it is fully understood and integrated into planning.
  • Create an agreed Engineering Resource and Roles library in Primavera.
  • Work with PMO in harmonising a standardised WBS into the engineering schedules.
  • Develop reporting and KPIs to support the resource forecasting, efficient delivery and tracking of Project Engineering Team performance; including appropriate look a heads such as Workload forecasting.
  • Update Engineering P6 Programme to inform workload issues, progress tracking and future planning.
  • Work closely with the Project Management Office (PMO) & the Rolling Stock (RS) Planning team in Italy to ensure planning integrates with the PMO and the overall RS Planning team.
  • Support what if scenario planning when required.
  • Baseline and track change in the programme.
  • Lead the quantification of risk in terms of the impact on delivery timescales, to ensure sufficient contingency or mitigations can be determined for workload and delivery by senior management.
  • Accountable for the accuracy and timely communication of the plans, lookaheads, trackers and KPI reports.
  • Accountable for quality of planning guidelines and procedures.

About you

You will have a tactical impact on the Product Engineering Team and overall projects delivery, directly supporting the efficiency and effectiveness of projects delivery.

  • You will be expected to solve complex planning optimisation problems, identifying how to achieve the best results with the minimum and/or constrained resources.
  • You will also be expected to understand the reporting and data needs of the other planning functions and develop solutions that allow these to be fulfilled.
  • You will have to communicate effectively with staff within the team, the PMO, the RS Planning Team and the wider project team.
  • You need to be comfortable constructively challenging Engineers and Managers to ensure plans are neither too optimistic nor pessimistic.
  • You will have a proven ability to work successfully in a multi-disciplinary engineering/technical team.
  • You will be able to demonstrate excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • You will be a self-starter with the ability to develop strong, constructive and focused relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all organisation levels.
  • You will be an excellent communicator - verbally and written.
  • You will show good attention to detail.
  • You will be able to work under pressure.
  • You will be required to travel to other Hitachi sites/workbases, both in the UK, and internationally.



  • NVQ level 4/HND/HNC.
  • IT and Primavera qualifications.
  • Demonstrable skills in the use of Primavera P6 and Microsoft planning products using Critical Path Analysis in a technical environment.
  • Excellent IT skills.


  • Degree
  • Experience in railway/rolling stock manufacturing planning

Why Hitachi Rail?

At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.

We offer a competitive salary and annual leave entitlement as well as a generous benefits package. This includes a pension scheme with contributions up to 9%, health insurance, and many more perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!

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