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Working As A Business Planner

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Make Decisions

  • $81,901

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Planner Do

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.

Duties

Logisticians typically do the following:

  • Manage the logistical aspects of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Understand clients’ needs and know how to meet them
  • Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods
  • Review logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
  • Propose improvements to management and customers

Logisticians oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel.

Logisticians use software systems to plan and track the movement of products. They operate software programs designed specifically to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

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A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. Industry certification and work experience in a related field is helpful for jobseekers.

Education

Logisticians may qualify for some positions with an associate’s degree. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). To become certified, a logistician typically needs to have a certain amount of education and work experience and to pass an exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Prospective logisticians can benefit from previous work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Others gain work experience while serving in the military. Experience allows a worker to learn about products and supply chain processes. Some employers allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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Business Planner Career Paths

Business Planner
Planning Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Asset Manager Logistics Coordinator
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Planner Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Lead Operator Logistics Manager
Global Logistics Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Operations Vice President Supply Chain Director
Global Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager Process Leader
Logistics Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Specialist Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Area Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Logistics Manager Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Operations Manager Senior Manager
Planning Director
9 Yearsyrs
Planner Merchandise Planner
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Operations Director
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Development Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Business Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

55.7%

Female

41.4%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Asian

13.0%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.9%

Japanese

17.7%

Chinese

9.7%

French

8.1%

Mandarin

8.1%

Cantonese

4.8%

Korean

4.8%

Portuguese

3.2%

Indonesian

1.6%

German

1.6%

Hmong

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%
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Business Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.4%

George Washington University

7.8%

San Jose State University

7.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.5%

Michigan State University

5.5%

University of Chicago

5.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.7%

Santa Clara University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

San Diego State University

4.7%

Syracuse University

3.9%

University of Pennsylvania

3.9%

Oregon State University

3.9%

University of Connecticut

3.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%

University of California - San Diego

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Central Michigan University

3.1%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.1%

University of Southern California

3.1%
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Majors

Business

42.2%

Finance

11.3%

Marketing

7.5%

Management

6.8%

Economics

4.8%

Accounting

4.1%

Chemical Engineering

2.3%

Supply Chain Management

2.3%

Computer Science

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

International Business

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Education

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Operations Management

1.4%

General Studies

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%

Human Resources Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

38.0%

Other

11.5%

Certificate

4.2%

Associate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Business Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Strategic Business Planner Siemens Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 30, 2016 $164,800
Director Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Oct 15, 2012 $157,000
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 18, 2016 $154,942
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 24, 2015 $152,670
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 26, 2016 $147,500
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 30, 2012 $145,696
Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 30, 2016 $145,000
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Nov 05, 2013 $143,087
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 22, 2016 $140,000
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 26, 2016 $135,500
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 07, 2016 $135,329
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Feb 18, 2013 $135,039
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 24, 2012 $135,000
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 11, 2015 $134,500
Business Planner, Senior Staff Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Dec 26, 2011 $123,000
Business Planner FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2014 $115,000
Business Planner FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2013 $115,000
Business Planner FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2012 $114,443
Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 06, 2016 $114,000
Business Planner-Office Comm Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 29, 2013 $113,265
Business Planner FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2013 $113,000
Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 17, 2015 $112,500
Business Planner Telstra Inc. New York, NY Dec 23, 2013 $84,911
Consultant Business Planner Motorola Mobility LLC Libertyville, IL Feb 21, 2014 $84,200 -
$134,700
Senior Business Planner Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 14, 2014 $83,992 -
$102,629
Integrated Business Planner Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 15, 2016 $81,598 -
$106,800
Senior Business Planner SONY Electronics, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 10, 2013 $80,536
Finance and Business Planner Sage Electrochromics, Inc. Faribault, MN Sep 09, 2013 $80,000 -
$90,000

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  • Coordinated proper monthly forecasting and closing/reporting of business area financial statements and compliance to SOX.
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  • Collaborated with engineering teams to provide accurate and timely delivery of cellular infrastructure system proposals for business development.
  • Project Manager responsibilities supporting Global Purchasing & Supply Chain Executive Director.
  • Supervised inventory levels to ensure product availability to support customer requirements while minimizing inventory exposure.

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