Project Planning Lead




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newcleo is a clean and safe nuclear technology company. Privately funded and headquartered in London, UK, newcleo was launched in 2021 to be a disruptor in the field of nuclear energy. Its mission is to generate safe, clean, economic and inexhaustible energy for the world, through a radically innovative combination of existing, accessible technologies.

newcleo is building the next generation system with the goals to:

  1. eliminate the need for geological repositories by using a fast neutron flux avoiding the production of long life radioactive elements;
  2. accelerate the development of new fuel cycles, including MOX (Mixed Pu-U Oxides) and eventually thorium, that provide clean, safe and inexhaustible energy from nuclei and the opportunity to burn the long-lived nuclear waste produced by the old generation of nuclear reactors;
  3. ultimately develop an Accelerator Driven System (ADS), based on the intrinsically safe coupling of a particle accelerator and a sub-critical reactor.

With visionary co-founders, newcleo brings together an international team of senior engineers with deep knowledge of nuclear energy and new recruits with a fresh mindset, working to develop designs based on innovative Lead-cooled Fast Reactors (LFRs). These LFRs will meet the commercial demand for small terrestrial waste-to-energy reactors.

In the UK, newcleo’s immediate focus is on delivering a prototype 30MWe LFR by 2030 followed by an initial battery of 4-6 x 200MWe reactors with deployment in the early 2030s. We are building our team to meet this challenging and exciting objective.

newcleo wants to be the first step toward the evolution of its industry to become fully respectful of people and the environment. To develop a new, sustainable, and completely safe way of generating nuclear energy that will lead humanity to zero emissions, and to the mitigation of global warming.

Reports to:

Project Controls Manager, UK Operations

Job Description

The role will lead project scheduling activities across newcleo’s UK projects. The post holder will work initially to develop a robust development/ implementation schedule for the 30MWe prototype reactor and subsequently manage progress against the baseline in collaboration with activity owners, the project leadership team, suppliers and in close cooperation with group programme management teams. The post holder will also lead on reviewing/ challenging supplier schedules and incorporating key dates/ activities/ progress into newcleo’s project schedules. Monthly milestone reports and schedule indicators will be produced and incorporated into management and board reports.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead project planning and scheduling activities for newcleo’s UK projects, including preparation of baseline schedules for development/ implementation phase and managing progress against agreed baselines/ key milestones.
  • Create and maintain project Work Breakdown Structure and overall activity plan/ dependencies.
  • Maintain overall plan in newcleo’s chosen planning tool (likely to be P6 but initially MSP).
  • Generate and communicate high quality project performance data (schedule, resource and integration with cost) to support overall project management, strategic decision making and risk/ issue management. 
  • Perform schedule risk analysis/ critical path analysis and earned value analysis as required.
  • Identify critical milestones and interfaces and work with other project team members to ensure these are well defined and tracked.
  • Implement appropriate and proportionate baseline management and change control.
  • Work closely with group programme management office to ensure quality of information and data exchange, clarity of interfaces and continuous improvement of processes and systems.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a small agile project controls team to ensure proportionate but best practice project management and control of UK projects.

Desired Qualifications

  • Relevant experience leading a planning team/ function and working in large complex projects in a planning/ schedule management capacity, ideally with prior experience in the nuclear industry and/or of power construction projects.
  • Experience of carrying out schedule risk analysts and implementing systems for earned value analysis. Experience of integrating cost and schedule.
  • Good commercial awareness and broad project management/ controls capabilities.
  • Highly skilled with P6, MS Project and MS Office suite of tools. 
  • Attention to detail but with and an ability to simplify data for presentation to a wide range of audiences.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Capable of influencing people at all levels.
  • Creates credibility with internal stakeholders, able to build confidence and influence effectively.
  • Collaborative, works well as part of a diverse team.
  • Combination of academic qualificiation and appropriate professional experience; Evidence of continuous professional development and career progression. Professional affiliation preferrable.

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