SEO Project Planner

Join us as a Senior Project Planner (Full-time, Permanent)


***If you have the appetite to work on issues that directly impact the public and have the drive and are determination to play a critical role in enabling change within this exciting role, then read on! ***


About Capita


At Capita, we support clients across a range of sectors, including local Government, central Government,

education, transport, health, life and pensions, insurance and other private sector organisations. We support

with expertise applied by the talent across our business in combination with technology, insight and analytics

to keep our clients ahead of change, sharper than competitors and more efficient than ever – and we always

need new talent to help us achieve our goals.

We are currently recruiting for interesting and exciting positions at the Home Office. The Home Office keeps

the UK secure and prosperous; protects its citizens, residents and visitors and their property; and upholds

rights, liberties and the rule of law. We lead on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime and fire policy,

counter-terrorism and work to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.


Why Join Home Office?


This role is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and innovative person to be at the forefront of change in one

of the great Departments of State. We are delivering significant transformation in order to continue keeping

our citizens safe and our country secure. New technology and the fast-evolving nature of the threats we face

mean we must adapt, and adapt fast, and with the UK leaving the EU, the need for change is greater than ever.

Project Planners work with the project/programme teams, other planners and stakeholders, overseeing plans

and schedules, challenging and testing project assumptions to ensure that plans and estimates that underpin

them are realistic and achievable as the project/programme proceeds.


They play a key role in delivering advice and guidance to the project/programme leadership and their teams on

how to best deliver the required outputs, products and activities within the scope of the plan within the Home

Office Transformation Portfolio. It is large, complex and challenging, encompassing over 20 major and/or

mission critical projects and programmes plus four business portfolios of change. There is a strong focus on

agile, modular project delivery, supported by enterprise-wide portfolio management and you could find

yourself working on a project for the UK’s critical national infrastructure through to a complex technology

enabled business change programme


The Role of a Project Planner


Your role as Project Planner will be to work with stakeholders to ensure all aspects of the project are defined.

You will provide clarity on key milestones to define what, when and how activities will be organised to ensure

the outcomes of a project can be achieved, with the resources available.

You will lead on all aspects of project planning, which will include the development, updating and monitoring

of plans and scheduling. You will identify tasks, activities, interdependencies and outputs for the project and

work team to track and monitor progress against the plan throughout the life of the project.


Typical Role Responsibilities:


Delivery & Leadership– Lead on planning activity and work with the project support delivery of the

business case benefits and outcomes. Support capability building and the use of best practice in

planning and reporting. Provide expert advice for team members and project community

Project Planning– Challenge and test project assumptions to ensure plans are realistic and achievable.

Development of breakdown structures, quality criteria, product descriptions and monitoring

strategy. Support the Project Manager to identify options to optimise delivery through resources

smoothing, resource levelling and rescheduling of activities

Resources– Manage the planning team whilst identifying, developing and managing the deployment

of planning resources. Identify and plan for wider resource requirements for the project

Stakeholder Management– Ensure that stakeholder responsibilities and needs are understood and

addressed in reporting arrangements. Develops peer networks across the department

Project Performance & Controls– Monitor and analyse information, reporting progress, slippage and

highlighting areas of risk and opportunity

Guidance & Support– Provide expert advice on planning processes throughout the lifecycle of the



Additional Specification & Criteria required:


Person Specification:

Strong communication skills

Excellent attention to detail

Aptitude for analysis


Essential Criteria:

PRINCE2 Practitioner

Agile Project Management Practitioner

APM Project Management Qualification

APM Practitioner Qualification


We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the very best of luck with your application


Please note successful applicants will be expected to go through vetting and Security Clearance

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Leeds, Manchester, Soilhull and London
26 Apr 2019