Science and Technology

Job Details

Number: 2123

Title: Senior Project Scheduler

Element: Project Business Office

Manager: Project Business Manager

Type: Full time

Location: Pasadena, CA (temporary remote work due to COVID-19)

This exciting job opportunity is with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project HQ located in Pasadena, California. The GMT is being developed by a group of leading university and research centers from across the globe. GMTO Corporation has been formed to design, construct and operate the GMT, which will be located in the Andean mountains at Las Campanas Peak in Chile. The GMT is the next generation astronomical observatory with 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. The project is entering the formal construction phase with scientific operations expected to begin in 2030.


The successful candidate will be an employee of the GMTO Corporation and must be able to meet pre-employment requirements including any background and reference checks and the successful candidate must be a US citizen or eligible to work in the United States and at least 18 years of age. GMTO provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

Job Summary:
GMTO’s Project Business Office is pursuing a Senior Project Scheduler to work on the numerous aspects of the scheduling, planning, analysis and reporting required by the organization.
Under minimal supervision and reporting to the Project Business Manager (PBM), the Senior Project Scheduler will use Primavera P6 to create, maintain, analyze, and report on the project, in support of internal and external requirements and best industry standards.
The successful candidate will be autonomous, self-driven, self-motivated, and a team player capable of working inside and outside the team, project, activity, or function.

Job Duties:
The following describes the Roles, Responsibilities, Accountabilities, and Authority of the Project Planner/Scheduler position, which has leadership, technical product deliverables, and cross functional coordination with other organizations and departments.

Leadership (Process, Guidance, and Strategy)
• Accountable for working with project management team for developing maintaining, analyzing, and reporting all project schedules utilizing Primavera P6.
• Spearhead and ensure adherence to best business practices and procedures for preparing and maintaining baseline schedules.
• Maintain quality assurance and controls on project schedules.
• Identify & validate the critical path and run performance and health check metrics.
• Advise senior management with unique approaches for solving complex scheduling challenges.
• Ensure the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) incorporates all dependencies, aligns to resource availability, and identifies and aligns program milestones with contractual need dates.
• Assist the Project Business Manager and Project Manager with reviews.

Technical Products (Deliverables, Artifacts, and Documents)
• Prepare the IMS according to the project WBS and scope, depicting dependencies and logic among various elements of the project.
• Read and interpret plans, proposal specifications, and drawings to determine scope of work and required contents is represented in the schedule.
• Prepare schedule progress and performance narratives describing the status of all elements to project management.
• Perform analysis on progress of various schedule related data (e.g., Technical Status Execution Meeting metrics, receivables/deliverables, baseline vs. actual dates, key milestone status, earned value performance, critical path analysis, etc.) required for weekly/monthly/quarterly internal and external customer reporting.
• Monitor and develop work arounds utilizing schedule acceleration techniques as required.
• Work with project team on what-if scenarios to analyze impacts of differing means and methods for design and fabrication.
• Publish reports and provide recommendations to Control Account Managers.
• Incorporate schedule changes when the project Change Control Board approves changes.
• Integrate subcontractor and vendor schedules for the delivery of services, equipment, and material.

Coordination between and among functions in organization
• Interface internally with GMTO and externally with subcontractor team members.
• Participate in meetings and decision making inside and outside the organization, project, activity, or function.
• Collaborate with procurement team regarding schedule reporting requirements for subcontracts.
• Mentor and coach others internal and external to the business organization/function.
• Interact with various departments to maintain open lines of communication.

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or related disciplines
• At least 8 years of planning/scheduling experience for large scale projects.
• Advanced knowledge of Primavera P6, and MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
• Experience in planning for design/engineering, fabrication/assembly, delivery, and commissioning.
• Must have a wide range of experience working with multiple levels of project management, engineers, scientists
• Must have an extensive understanding and an applied use of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in project schedule development, CPM (Critical Path Methodology), and the development of cost/schedule integration.
• Experience in Earned Value Management or other performance measurement techniques.
• Ability to manage competing priorities with excellent organizational skills and to work in a team environment or independently.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
• Ability to manage competing priorities with excellent organizational skills and to work in a team environment or independently.
• MBA or Master’s degree in an engineering discipline
• Previous experience working in a highly technical environment with engineers and scientists on large engineering and construction projects
• Project Management Professional (PMP)
• Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP)

Please send your CV and a Cover Letter to

If your skills and experience appear to be a match or if we need additional information to make a decision, we will contact you. If we do not see a suitable match between your qualifications and the position, we will keep your information on file in the event future positions become available that are more suitable to your qualifications.

GMTO is an equal employment opportunity employer