job title

Project Planner


Blackbushe, Yateley, Hampshire

Reporting To

Project Management Office

Job Purpose

Work within the PMO group to assist with planning, tracking of time, resource management and project reporting to meet specific customer requirements using Sonardyne products or technologies.


The following job description is intended to reflect the nature, range and context of the work. It identifies the main requirements of the role but is not an exhaustive list of duties. 


Principle Responsibilities

  1. Work at the initiation stage with the estimation of task cost, duration and dependencies. 

    Work with the Project Manager or Project technical lead to produce and maintain project plans. 

    Gather actual data to update project plans and develop reliable schedule forecast with support from project team. 

    Assist the PMO manager with project auditing, ensuring agreed project stage gate requirements are met. 

    Provide early warnings of delays or changes in work scope in the project plan. 

    Evaluate, monitor and manage risks, issues and changes, escalating as appropriate to keep the project on schedule. 

    Produce management reports using PMO dashboard templates. 

    Assist the PMO manager in the maintenance and administration of MS Project Server 

    Prepare short and long-term resource allocation plans based on input from all key players and team members. 

    Recommend and implement modifications to improve effectiveness or the project process and attain project milestones. 

    Assist in the development of new PMO dashboard reports, policies and procedures.


core cOMPANY-WIDE rEsponsibilities

  1. To understand, apply and promote a ‘safety first’ culture, personally and amongst all direct reports, ensuring strict compliance with both Sonardyne and Customer policies, procedures and practices relating to Health, Safety and Environment, including the completion of risk assessments, workplace inspections, wearing of PPE, complying with Safe Working Instructions, undertaking training and communication, incident investigations and ensuring timely identification, escalation and resolution of any aspects that could adversely impact  employees health & safety or others, as a result of Sonardyne work activities. 
    To ensure awareness, understanding and adherence to all Company Policies and Procedures including Health & Safety, Anti Bribery, Code of Conduct/Ethics, ISO – QMS, Financial, Commercial, Operational and Employment related. 
    To contribute to the Sonardyne continuous improvement process through the presentation of corrective actions, suggestions, or initiatives, focussed on increasing efficiency, productivity, technical advancement, customer satisfaction and employee morale etc within the Survey Team or Companywide.    
    To maintain an update technical and professional job competencies (qualification, knowledge, and personal skills), through continuous personal development including formal training, selfdirected learning, use of professional workshops, membership of professional bodies, literature reviews etc. 
    To keep up to date with Company organisation and structure, technology, products, applications and customers, through attendance on training events, personal liaison with internal commercial, technical and business support staff and awareness of general Company internal communications.  
    To establish, maintain and promote effective internal working relationships across the Company through the demonstration of positive two-way communications, planning, and collaborative working style. 


Dimensions of the role:

Team: A member of the PMO consisting of Project Managers and Administrators and the PMO Manager
Project size:  Budgets range from £20k – £2m
Customers:  Oil and Gas, Ocean Science and Survey companies
Volume of work: Around 50 projects ranging from a few tasks to new product development projects spanning a few years
Travel: Occasional travel away from base of work at UK Sonardyne or customer sites.



Experience in Project Management or Project Planning discipline (formal qualification preferable)

Microsoft Project Professional

Microsoft Project Server

Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel

Proven background in engineering project planning

Knowledge of SQL and / or Microsoft SQL Server Report Builder would be beneficial but not essential

Commercial awareness, understanding of ‘Business Case’, profit etc.


contacts and communication

The role requires good communication skills at many levels. The post holder will deal directly with the following internal stakeholders:

Fellow Engineers (Mechanical, Electronics, Software)

Scientists and Survey staff

Operations and installation staff

Procurement and contracts staff

Other specialist groups such as Safety, Finance, Building Services etc.
The post holder will deal with the following external stakeholders:

End customers, sub-contractors (internally and externally located)

External engineering consultancies

personal skills and attributes

Good inter-personal skills, particularly in communication

Very high level of drive, motivation, enthusiasm and focus on achieving goals

Focus on delivering working, high quality solutions to meet the project objectives

Organised approach to complex problems

Strong ability to think creatively, seek and accept change and want continuous improvement

Ability to focus on results and willingly tackle problems or conflicts

Comfortable working in matrix organisational structure


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