Planning Engineer

Posted Date 1 month ago(03/07/2020 07:56)
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About Costain and your project.

Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.


The role will offer the opportunity to work across a number of Highways contracts in the North East, including the Regional Delivery Partnership and Testo’s/Downhill Lane .


The Regional Delivery Partnership is a framework contract with Highways England for the development, design and construction of capital road projects that form part of the Regional Investment Programme during Road Period 1 (2015 to 2020) and Road Period 2 (2020 to 2025).


The first scheme, A1 Scotswood to North Brunton scheme has started work on site in March 2020, and will be complete in the summer of 2022. The scheme proposes to provide (all within the existing highway boundary) On-line widening to the existing 3 narrower lanes between J74 and 840m north of J78. With provision of 3 full-width lanes between a point 840m north of J78 and J79.


Lane gain / drops between J74 and J77 and at J79. With speed limits been reduced from 70mph to 60mph between junctions 74 and 78. Junction 78 to 79 will remain at 70mph.


Subsequent RDP schemes are the A1 Birtley to Coalhouse, March 2021- March 2024, and A1 in Northumberland also March 2021 – 2024.


Testos roundabout is located on the A19 and A184 between Sunderland and Newcastle, about 4km south of the Tyne Tunnels. The roundabout is the last major ‘at-grade’ junction on the A19 trunk road. The improvement scheme will provide a fully grade-separated arrangement, with a new flyover taking A19 through traffic over the roundabout, reducing congestion and improving the flow of traffic. The scheme started at the beginning of 2019 and is due for completion Easter 2021.


Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

What will I be doing?

Reporting to a Senior Planner will be accountable for the provision of expertise and systems for the planning, scheduling and project controls on the project using Primavera P6 planning software.

The role will be site based, initially at the Testos site (or Jacobs office in Stockton) but also other sites in the North East.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Undertake planning, programming and progress control as an integral member of the planning team, responsible for all aspects of project planning, programming and progress monitoring, including information flow, procurement, and site works.
  • To liaise with clients, designers, subcontractors, suppliers and local authorities and undertakings on all matters relating to planning.
  • Appraisal and co-ordination of all subcontractors’ programmes and feedback to them on changing main programme information.
  • To prepare and present reports on programme and progress on all aspects of the project, and to attend and contribute to site meetings and other associated meetings.
  • Update progress and production of variance reports as required including critical path and earned value analysis and mitigation proposals.
  • Assist in the management of change in regards of impact on programmes and progress.
  • To prepare comprehensive site layouts sequences and prepare presentations as necessary.
  • Implementation of Company procedures.
  • Working collaboratively and openly with the delivery team in the production and reporting of the programme and maintaining a good working relationship with them.
  • Effective working with other planners to develop an integrated programme.
  • Presentation and negotiations of programme entitlement for additional works where necessary


You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).


Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.


It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values.   We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


Costain closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we encourage candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and you do not have to provide a response.

About you

Person Specification:



  • Experience of planning major highways schemes
  • Excellent P6 skills including resourcing and cost loading
  • Experience of working closely with Designers to ensure the timely delivery of information
  • Experience of working within the same programme with multiple planning engineers
  • Experience of using earned value analysis to monitor programme performance
  • Ability to work consistently to deadlines
  • Excellent monitoring and reporting skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Adapts well to a changing environment
  • CSCS Academically Qualified Person or similar level
  • Must be happy working in a team environment
  • Role model for development of junior staff and demonstrates required behaviours to align to project and team objectives
  • Champions and develops collaborative behaviours



  • Sound understanding of Acumen Fuse with the ability to achieve scores that surpass the minimum requirements
  • Advanced Excel user
  • Experience in LEAN techniques
  • A good understanding of highways construction processes
  • A good understanding of highway related technology
  • HNC or Degree in Civil Engineering

Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme. 


At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.


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