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Project Planner/Scheduler

Posted 18 days ago

Richardson, TX based company is seeking a Project Planner for a mostly remote / some onsite opportunity.  This resource will work with multiple projects simultaneously.  The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and should be able to navigate effectively and efficiently in a matrixed environment with competing priorities.

Essential Functions 

  • Review a customers RFP to identify major milestones, due dates, and work dependencies
  • Establish a task structure to accomplish required work products while balancing resources, duration, and work constraints
  • Develop options for crashing or adjusting schedules to meet project timeline requirements
  • Establishes and manages to master schedule, makes updates based on business input
  • Develop and communicate labor forecast models and schedules to appropriate stakeholders
  • Reviews and compares staffing plans against daily tasks forecast, and provide data to Program Manager and supporting functional teams, along with recommendations for remedies where appropriate
  • Identifies resource coverage gaps and work with the Program Manager, or other supporting functional managers, to resolve
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate task code structure, task relationships, and task assignments to drive project to on-time completion
  • Develop and track labor budgets and project plans and communicate any discrepancies in a timely fashion
  • Monitor performance against schedules, including a close oversight of the critical path, across multiple projects
  • Ability to explain labor hour cost and schedule variances
  • Establish, prepare, and communicate updated labor estimates-at-completion based on current work plans
  • Work closely with PM to create workaround plans to recover variances and mitigate risks
  • Provide timely status completion reports for tasks and scheduled activities
    • Weekly status reports
    • Planned activity forecasts
    • Objective completion status report
    • Performance metrics report, time to complete, forecast vs actuals, schedule compliance, etc.
  • Provide reporting and visibility to all levels within the organization about metric performance, including, but not limited to service levels, daily measured statistics, such as schedule adherence, occupancy, etc.
  • Must demonstrate regular and predictable attendance for planned work hours


  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Project Manager (MPM), including all duration, fixed unit, or fixed work scheduling techniques and proper techniques for crashing schedules
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with all levels within the organization
  • Experience managing schedules driven by a waterfall software delivery lifecycle
  • Proven ability to organize and prioritize diverse, multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with Microsoft environments including Office applications
  • Must possess an energetic, problem-solving, detail oriented, pro-active, and self-starting work ethic and a strong sense of urgency
  • Experience with Primavera P6 a plus

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Supply Chain, or related field
  • Proficient in Excel, including advanced tools (pivot tables, Look-up functions, etc.) for efficient data summary and analysis
  • 1 year experience with MS Project Server required
  • 1-3 years cost/scheduling experience with automated tools such as Primavera, Open Plan, Cobra and Deltek 

Preferred Education and Experience 

  • Earned Value Management System (EVMS) and Cost Control background a plus
  • Experience in scheduling and controlling software development projects a plus
  • SDLC knowledge preferred

Candidates will be responsible for following the client's COVID-19 protocols. Please refer to your MATRIX representative for specifics.

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