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Facility Planner/Scheduler

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development.

Facility Planner/Scheduler

RAL Space

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

Salary: £38,969 - £43,300

Contract Type: Permanent Position

Hours: Full time


About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and operate at the very forefront of UK Space Research. Find out more about the STFC RAL Space Development and Test facility here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RALSpaceSTFC


The UK has invested £99m in the New National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF), which is currently in construction at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell, Oxfordshire. It will provide world-class co-located facilities for the final integration and testing of space payloads and satellites used for Earth Observation, Astronomy or even to explore other astronomical bodies such as the Moon, or Mars. The new facilities will have the capability to conduct Vibration, Acoustic, Thermal, Pyroshock, Electromagnetic compatability (EMC) and Antenna testing for spacecraft and associated payloads up to 7 tonnes. It is currently in construction and will become operational in summer 2021.


About the role

The Facility Scheduler will be instrumental in the successful operation of the existing and new test facilities as they are developed. The operation will be underpinned by the planning function and planning will provide vital visibility of the short, medium and long term plans to ensure the facilities are optimised. Schedules will be constructed around business as usual activities which will need to be updated and re-scheduled on daily basis as a result of internal and external influences. 

The Facility Scheduler will be responsible for creating and maintaining the live facility master plan, through the extraction of information from multiple locations and people, including: Head of RAL Space Operations, ETD Operational Group Leaders and Test Programme Managers. In addition to building the master plans, they will also be responsible for identifying conflicts, acting as a catalyst in the resolution of clashes between competing requirements in the first instance and then presenting issues and options to senior staff as appropriate.


About you

You may either be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a related field, or perhaps you have a vocational qualification alongside relevant experience. Previous experience of planning and resource scheduling in a complex technical environment is essential for this role. You will be able to demonstrate the ability and tenacity to extract information from multiple sources. You will also be able to demonstrate appropriate planning software selection and implementation. Attention to detail, excellent interpersonal and communication skills are key along with the ability to present complex plans in the most simplistic form suitable.


What we offer

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.


To find out more about this role and information on how to apply:

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.



The closing date for applications is 31st January 2021


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