NES Fircroft

Lead Planning Engineer

Job Overview

NES Fircroft are looking for a Lead Planning Engineer to join a major operator on a 28/28 rotation in Iraq.

This role is working within the Maintenance and Engineering department reporting to the Maintenance & Engineering Project and Modifications manager and will be an integral member of a multi-discipline Project Department.


Candidate’s responsibilities shall include:

  • Provide HSE Leadership and work with the contractor to deliver fully on client expectations on HSE.
  • Provide direction, focus, guidance, support, Prioritization, and oversight for Project teams and Contractors, related to Portfolio Management and Business Strategy.
  • Strategic planning overview for a Portfolio of multi-year Projects.
  • Provide feedback to Management on the suitability of Project delivery schedules, with a focus on safety, ensuring compression or sequencing assumptions are not made that would result in increased risk to HSE at site.
  • Verify accuracy and suitability of Contractor provided Project Progress reports.
  • Produce progress reports at portfolio level.
  • Review and Approval of Project Baseline Schedules from EPC/EPCm Contractors.
  • Incorporate Project schedule updates into Master Portfolio plan, performing any resultant delay analysis and advising on mitigation measures as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of planning and cost consolidation to support and direct Management in strategic decisions.
  • Contribute to Change Management process to ensure changes are recorded and impacts are reflected on the Portfolio Plan and Strategy.
  • Compile schedule and delay analysis of Projects to provide cost improvement and schedule efficiency recommendations as part of a lessons learned process.
  • Provide input to Contracting Strategies and Manpower plans.
  • Provide input and updates to the 12 week lookahead plan and 8Q plans.
  • Participate in 12wk Lookaheads and 8Q planning meetings with Operations Department.
  • Provide coaching and guidance, on the subject of planning/scheduling, to local national planners as part of our commitment to development and progression of local nationals.
  • Integration of project plans with input from major stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain planning and progress measurement systems capable of alerting the Project of any adverse trends.
  • Produce ad hoc programmes, planning what if scenarios, presentations, and reports.
  • Responsible for projects risk register update and follow-up of mitigation plans with all Projects Team members.
  • Provide input to weekly and monthly reports.
  • Hold regular Planning review meetings with Project Team to review overall project status.
  • Audit contractors’ planning and reporting systems; verify invoiced progress and quantities.
  • Facilitate and present information for internal project meetings.


  • University degree or equivalent qualifications / experience or a minimum of 10 years’ experience in similar roles in the oil and gas industry. Petrochemical, Energy, Civil/M&E/E&I Construction
  • Demonstrable experience working with Primavera and risk analysis software on projects in the Oil and Gas industry.


  • Have experience in Brownfield construction Projects.
  • Be Experienced in the management of Portfolio planning.
  • Has the ability to suitably engage with stakeholders and communicate effectively.
  • Understand the relationship between schedule and cost and the methods of consolidating these.
  • Willing to work on a rotational basis internationally.
  • Have the ability to work in a diverse multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong communication skills including writing reports and presenting.
  • Candidates should have knowledge and experience in project management processes.


With over 90 years’ combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world’s leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Chemicals, Construction & Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining and Manufacturing sectors worldwide. With more than 80 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.