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Working As A Senior 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

  • $103,515

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Planner jobs

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Senior Planner Career Paths

Senior Planner
Master Scheduler Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Planning Director Operations Director Supply Chain Director
Global Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Planning Analyst Logistics Analyst Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Equipment Operator Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Senior Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Product Development Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Supply Technician Production Controller
Production Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager District Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Planning Director Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Supervisor Operation Supervisor Distribution Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Senior Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

61.3%

Female

36.9%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.7%

French

12.4%

Chinese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Portuguese

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

German

3.4%

Cantonese

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Dakota

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Hindi

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Croatian

1.1%
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Senior Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

University of Texas at Austin

5.4%

Arizona State University

5.0%

George Washington University

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Webster University

4.6%

San Jose State University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

University of Arizona

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

New York University

3.8%

Cornell University

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of California - Berkeley

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%

Florida State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

33.3%

Urban Planning

12.7%

Management

6.8%

Marketing

6.8%

Public Administration

4.2%

Finance

4.0%

Political Science

3.5%

Supply Chain Management

3.3%

Communication

3.0%

Geography

2.9%

Accounting

2.7%

Project Management

2.4%

Environmental Science

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Landscape Architecture

1.9%

Operations Management

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Economics

1.8%

Architecture

1.8%

Computer Science

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.3%

Masters

35.8%

Other

14.5%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.8%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Planner/Scheduler Turner & Townsend, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 12, 2015 $206,000
Senior Planner/Scheduler Turner & Townsend, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 06, 2015 $206,000
Senior Planner, Interactive Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 05, 2014 $180,000 -
$200,000
Senior Planner Mondelez Global LLC East Hanover, NJ Aug 14, 2014 $172,499
Senior Strategy Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 17, 2016 $161,293 -
$181,293
Senior Planner Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 09, 2016 $150,000
Senior Planner Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 03, 2014 $150,000 -
$170,000
Senior Planner Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 26, 2013 $145,000
Senior Planner Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 03, 2015 $145,000
Senior Planner Dentsu McGarry Bowen, LLC New York, NY Dec 05, 2016 $144,123
Senior Support Planner ASG Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 22, 2016 $139,220
Senior Planner Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 28, 2015 $133,900
Senior Planner TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 02, 2014 $130,000
Senior Planner/Scheduler Conocophillips Company Anchorage, AK Oct 10, 2014 $107,120 -
$160,680
SR. Area/Transmission Planner Pacificorp Salt Lake City, UT Jul 19, 2016 $106,787
Senior Planner Worldwide Contract Manufacturing Maxwell Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 19, 2016 $104,312
Senior Area Transmission Planner Pacificorp Salt Lake City, UT Oct 01, 2013 $102,646
Senior Planner, Scientific Insights Corbett Accel Healthcare Group New York, LLC New York, NY May 16, 2014 $101,921
Senior Area/Transmission Planner Pacificorp Portland, OR Feb 29, 2016 $101,483
Senior Planner TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 28, 2016 $100,000
Senior Transmission Planner Pacificorp Salt Lake City, UT Jul 19, 2013 $95,139
Senior NPI Planner Finisar Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Apr 13, 2015 $95,000
Senior Brand Planner Dentsu McGarry Bowen, LLC New York, NY Feb 22, 2013 $93,000
Senior Areatransmission Planner Pacificorp Portland, OR Dec 01, 2013 $91,875
Senior Lab Planner Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2014 $90,002
Senior Planner The Ogilvy Group LLC-Ogilvy & Mather New York, NY Jun 01, 2015 $90,000
Senior Planner Astaldi Construction Corporation Davie, FL Sep 21, 2016 $90,000
Senior Planner/Scheduler PMA Consultants LLC Ann Arbor, MI Apr 30, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Planner

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Top Senior Planner Skills

  1. Production Planning
  2. Financial Plans
  3. Strategic Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Integrated customer requirements into the production planning process to support corporate goals and inventory level requirements.
  • Developed seasonal financial plans and worked with the product team to generate assortment plans and product flow for the Canadian stores.
  • Developed strategic plans and established program objectives and project performance measures; Evaluated programs.
  • Analyze buying patterns, sales input, customer forecasts and contract to initiate stocking purchase orders.
  • Developed and maintained team environment consisting of purchasing, engineering, customer service, assembly, quality and shipping/receiving.

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