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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

  • $88,317

    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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How To Become A Business Planner

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
Senior Analyst Senior Business Analyst Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Business Planning Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Strategy
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Planning Manager Business Manager Senior Consultant
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Marketing Consultant Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager General Manager Account Executive
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Senior Account Manager Senior Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Business Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

55.5%

Female

41.6%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

73.6%

Asian

12.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.9%

Japanese

17.7%

Chinese

9.7%

French

8.1%

Mandarin

8.1%

Korean

6.5%

Cantonese

4.8%

Portuguese

1.6%

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

16.3%

George Washington University

8.1%

Michigan State University

7.3%

San Jose State University

6.5%

University of Chicago

5.7%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.9%

San Diego State University

4.9%

Santa Clara University

4.1%

Oregon State University

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

Syracuse University

3.3%

University of Connecticut

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%

Central Michigan University

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%

University of California - Irvine

3.3%

Northwestern University

3.3%

Harvard University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

40.6%

Finance

11.2%

Marketing

8.0%

Management

6.7%

Economics

4.6%

Accounting

4.4%

Supply Chain Management

2.8%

Industrial Engineering

2.3%

Computer Science

2.1%

Project Management

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Chemical Engineering

2.1%

International Business

1.8%

Education

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Psychology

1.4%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

General Studies

1.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.2%

Masters

36.9%

Other

11.3%

Certificate

4.1%

Associate

3.4%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.4%

Diploma

0.4%
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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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Top Skills for A Business Planner

FinancialAnalysisProductLineBusinessPlanSupplyChainBusinessUnitLogisticsInventoryLevelsCustomerServiceBusinessDevelopmentInventoryManagementBusinessProcessPSKUDemandPlanningProductionPlansMarketShareMarketResearchInventoryControlVaioMRP

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Top Business Planner Skills

  1. Financial Analysis
  2. Product Line
  3. Business Plan
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collected, analyzed and reported information used in cost estimates and other financial analysis for the Business Area.
  • Conducted quarterly Operations review for 6 product lines to the VP of Operations and the Director of Planning.
  • Developed and executed the international business plan program for the Technical Infrastructure Organization.
  • Played a key role in the ongoing development of Total Supply Chain Management strategies.
  • Facilitated the team meetings and Disaster Recovery Plan development for the IS Department, this included the business units.

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