Senior Planning Engineer

Staff position based in Sharjah, UAE. 

Basic Function and Scope
" To ensure the implementation of planning and schedule procedures and prepare plans, schedules and progress reports for projects being implemented
" To monitor the planning and scheduling of projects during their execution
" To ensure the implementation and control of schedules associated with the projects' contractual requirements
" To have relevant knowledge and understanding of contract conditions and schedule requirements

Principle Responsibilities
" Administer all planning issues for projects
" Establish progress measurement systems
" Ensures inter-disciplines are aligned and logical work sequences are established in schedules
" Ensure schedule execution is consistent and aligned across any related projects being implemented
" Perform continuous risk analysis of project schedules
" Proactivity work with the (contractor's and company's) project management teams to ensure allocated tasks are carried out per schedule
" Carry out in depth review and analysis of submittals from contractors relating to planning, scheduling, progress measurement, reporting, time analysis, productivity, etc.
" Verification and certification of physical progress reports claimed by contractor.
" Monitor the reported progress and schedule status and identify areas of concern impacting the progress and schedule of the project and advise project management on the proposed corrective actions
" Identify critical and sub-critical activities of the project and analyse their impact on the overall completion schedule considering the actual status and trends
" Review resource deployment by contractors for determining its adequacy for meeting the schedule and recommend enhancements if required
" Evaluate variation request/claims for extension of project schedule made by contractors and make appropriate recommendations to project management for approval
" Prepare weekly and monthly progress reports and periodic presentations to project management

Required Skills
" Proficiency in Primavera Enterprise Systems (P6) scheduling
" Ability to produce level 1 to level 4/5 schedules
" Excellent knowledge of manpower and resource estimation
" Excellent knowledge of planning techniques, work breakdown structures and earned value techniques
" Thorough knowledge of discrete elements (to Level 5) of contractor's activities and deliverables across engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning stages of projects
" Strong communication and analytical skills
" Good understanding of contract administration
" Ability to read and interpret technical data
" Ability to work with minimum supervision

Required Experience
" At least 15 years' experience in petroleum processing, refineries, or petrochemicals facilities
" At least 10 years of that experience in the role of planning
" At least 5 years covering the complete project life cycle of an EPC project

Desired Skills
" Strong interpersonal and communication skills
" Detail oriented

Desired Experience
" Experience with upstream EPC gas projects
" Experience working for an Oil/Gas company/operator
" Experience working for an EPC contractor 
" Middle East experience

Job Location
" Sharjah based with occasional travel to contractors' offices/worksite as required