Senior Planner

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Senior Planner

Work location: Malvern

Division: Holding

Reporting to: Preconstruction Manager

Type: Full time

Who we are

Speller Metcalfe is on a mission… and it’s a simple one. We want to build a sustainable company at the forefront of construction – one that is built with a people-first approach in mind.

As a family business with nearly 30 years’ experience under our belts, our focus is not just getting you through the door, but developing your skills to support a long-term career with us. We’re proud of our high levels of staff retention and with staff at the very heart of our company, you’re never just a cog in the machine, but someone who can truly have an impact on how we do business.

Our background

Established in 1995 by Steve Speller and Andy Metcalfe, their vision was to develop a business at the cutting edge of construction, built upon an ethos of family values which are reflected in everything we do.

Now one of the UK’s leading regional contractors, we predominantly work across the Midlands and South West regions. With offices in Malvern and Wolverhampton, we deliver a range of public and private sector projects from £250k up to £30 million across a numbers of fields including education, healthcare, residential and leisure.


The job

Due to business growth, we are seeking a new Senior Planner to join the team. In this role, you will provide primarily pre-construction planning services on a mix of traditional and design and build contracts, with assistance and contribution on live projects when required. As a Senior Planner, you’ll also manage and mentor other less experienced members of the planning team.

This is a ‘blended working’ role split between home and the Malvern office.

How you’ll contribute

In this busy role, you will:

Pre-Construction Phase

  • Digest the tender documentation, visit site to understand construction methodology and constraints.
  • Identify areas of risk and consideration for all submitted tenders.
  • Contribute to the capturing of project risks and proposing mitigating actions.
  • Prepare tender programmes, indicating critical dates, key material order dates and lead-in periods.
  • Meeting/communicating with supply chain specialists to confirm suitable method and programme for scope given project specific constraints.
  • Preparation of tender scaffold and temporary works schedules for inclusion in tender preliminaries.
  • Provide advice and complete the tender preliminaries booklet.
  • Investigate, suggest and programme alternative construction methods.
  • Prepare site logistical plans, site set-up drawings and construction method statements and quality question responses to be submitted as part of the tender bid.
  • Manage time and workload to ensure deadlines are met. Highlight any potential work overload to Pre- Construction Manager as soon as it is apparent.
  • To assist in the preparation of PQQ’s
  • Meetings to attend; adjudication, technical, client and project meetings (As requested.)

Construction phase

  • Review and manage construction programmes through the construction phase, rescheduling these as necessary.
  • Produce sub-contract procurement and design information requirement schedules.
  • Produce programmes relating to construction delay/disruption showing relevant events and the effect on the build process, providing written reports to substantiate.


Who are we looking for?

To be successful in this role you will bring your enthusiasm and determination as well as:


  • Experience working as a planner within general contracting.
  • keen eye for detail, maintaining strict deadlines in accordance with the tender process.


  • Experience of planning within education, healthcare and leisure.
  • Experience in reviewing buildability of scheme

Core behaviours which will help you to be successful in this role include:

  • Takes responsibility and accountability
  • Acts with curiosity
  • Is proactive
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Ability to maintain strict deadlines in accordance with the tender process


What’s in it for you?

As well as a competitive salary, increasing holiday benefits and access to private healthcare, we offer a number of other benefits for our staff.

Alongside the chance to work in a business with a real family-feel where you will have the support to grow your career, we’ll provide:

  • Minimum 27 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • Health cash plan
  • Paid professional memberships (one annually)
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Life insurance 4 x salary
  • Car salary sacrifice scheme


Sound interesting?

Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our values, we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute. Our mission has always been to encourage, develop and combine the individual talents of our staff, and we welcome and encourage staff from all backgrounds and abilities.

We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

Applications close on 30th April but we reserve the right to close applications earlier should an appointment be made prior to this date.

If you don’t meet all the criteria, but are still interested in joining us, email us your CV anyway! It’s always good to hear from people who can bring their enthusiasm and desire to learn to our team.