Senior Planning Specialist

  • Job Reference: R22184
  • Date Posted: 1 May 2024
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Additional Benefits
  • Sector: Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Senior Planning Specialist

Salary - From £45,000 to £60,000 (Dependant on suitability and experience).

Location - Reading / Basingstoke Area

At AWE we are at the start of a once-in-a-generation programme to ensure the ongoing operation of the UK's Continuous At Sea Deterrent. We are looking for a Senior Planning Specialist to provide workforce planning support and governance to the Estate & Liabilities function. This is fantastic opportunity to play a key role in keeping our sites fully operational now and into the future. The successful applicant will own workforce plans that protect and enhance the delivery of services and develop frameworks to measure knowledge and competency and provide career pathways and succession plans, among other things.

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (including bank holidays, plus every other Friday off).

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, and access to mentors & training.

  • Employee assistance programme and occupational health services.

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme.

  • AWE Life Assurance policy.

  • Discounts & salary sacrifice scheme - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending.

  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply).

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish workforce plans that identify gaps and mitigate risks and issues, ensuring skilled and competent resources are available and appropriately deployed both now and into the future.

  • Develop frameworks that measure competency, provide career pathways, succession planning and maximise retention.

  • Collaborate with other teams (such as HR, Recruitment and Finance) and senior leaders to identify requirements and gaps and implement processes, plans and governance to mitigate.

  • Coordinate and analyse resource deployment including forecasting, headcount and budget against targets, proactively driving resourcing decision making.

  • Monitor performance of functional resources against strategic corporate targets by analysing relevant management information such as absence, retention, diversity, demographics, etc.

  • Analyse monthly forecast to actual resource and financial data and provide reports at appropriate senior management meetings.

  • Support managers to provide the key interface on resource issues, escalating as appropriate.

To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate most of the following:

  • Knowledge and experience of strategic workforce planning and resource planning methodologies.

  • Ability to demonstrate strategic thinking and collaboration with others, proactively identifying needs and leading on the implementation of solutions.

  • Experience in managing resource demand forecasts and delivering resource reporting.

  • A clear and concise communication style with the ability to liaise at all levels, with confidence in presenting and reporting to peers and senior managers.

  • Desire for continuous improvement through evaluation of both successes and failures.

  • Positive attitude and willingness to be hands-on.

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.