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The closing date is on 29.05.2014.

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Operating Division: Transnet Capital Projects
Position Title: Planner
Employee Group: Permanent
Department: PE, Stream 1, PSS, Planning, RCB Port
Location: Johannesburg
Reporting To: Planning Lead
Grade Level: G
Reference Number: 70000846

Position Purpose: To manage programmes/projects, together with a planning / scheduling team, reporting to the Regional Programme Planning/Scheduling Manager, responsible for all aspects of Planning, Monitoring, Controlling and Reporting of identified programmes/projects, including resources and systems for the effective integrated project services to Transnet Projects and the Operating Divisions.

All works and outputs to be in accordance with best practice standards, corporate governances, policies, processes, systems and controls implemented within Transnet Group and TCP.

Position Outputs:
- Overall management and accountability for the Scheduling,
- Planning, Controlling, Monitoring and Tracking functions on his/her programmes/projects.
- Provide expert Planning services to the projects using software approved by Project Services.
- Prepare detailed WBS, tracking schedules, bar charts, network diagrams, resource loading graphs, critical path analyses, EVM, schedule risk calculations for projects using software approved by Transnet Project Services.
- Review the bid milestones and overall completion timetables in conjunction with the project scope at award and identify any anomalies or inconsistencies.
- Review reports and information prepared by construction personnel or contractors/suppliers in accordance with particular project requirements.
- Regular interaction with clients to ensure a professional service is delivered.
- Ensure adherence to and the effective use of tools, Transnet systems and procedures.
- Initiating and implementing new business procedures congruent to best practice.
- Lead and direct the planning / scheduling team so that they are motivated and have access to the required resources in order to meet the work objectives set for them.
- Comply with all requirements of the Project Execution Plans (PEP).
- Prepare and present detailed monthly status reports and other reports as required.
- Manage and mentor his/her team to ensure that staff has an understanding of what is expected of them and has the necessary skills to execute the requirements.
- Identification training and development requirements for staff and ensure skills development takes place.

Qualifications and Experience:
- Minimum three years tertiary qualification, relevant degree or diploma in engineering, construction or project management, supported by a minimum of 3-5 years relevant post graduate experience in managerial position, and 8-10 years experience as a planner in multidiscipline project environment.
- Project Management experience in line with PMP requirements.

- Thorough and detailed planning expertise and experience working in a construction environment on large & complex projects, using Primavera;
- Leadership and team management competencies;
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
- Broad business acumen with focus on commerciality and client care;
- High degree of computer literacy (MS Office package,
- Primavera, SAP, other project controls software would be an advantage);
- Knowledge in working with NEC contracts;
- Planning and organizing including resource and time management;
- Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
- Creative and innovative thinking;
- High performance achiever;
- Passion, drive and decisiveness.

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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