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Working As A Senior Planning Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $77,305

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Planning Analyst Do

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Duties

Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure changes are working

Although some management analysts work for the organization that they analyze, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. 

Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization’s managers.

Management analysts often specialize in certain areas, such as inventory management or reorganizing corporate structures to eliminate duplicate and nonessential jobs. Some consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications. In government, management analysts usually specialize by type of agency.

Organizations hire consultants to develop strategies for entering and remaining competitive in today’s marketplace.

Management analysts who work on contract may write proposals and bid for jobs. Typically, an organization that needs the help of a management analyst solicits proposals from a number of consultants and consulting companies that specialize in the needed work. Those who want the work must then submit a proposal by the deadline that explains how the consultant will do the work, who will do the work, why they are the best consultants to do the work, what the schedule will be, and how much it will cost. The organization that needs the consultants then selects the proposal that best meets its needs and budget.

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How To Become A Senior Planning Analyst

Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Few colleges and universities offer formal programs in management consulting. However, many fields of study provide a suitable education because of the range of areas that management analysts address. Common fields of study include business, management, economics, political science and government, accounting, finance, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and English.

Analysts also routinely attend conferences to stay up to date on current developments in their field.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation to those who meet minimum levels of education and experience, submit client reviews, and pass an interview and exam covering the IMC USA’s code of ethics. Management consultants with a CMC designation must be recertified every 3 years. Management analysts are not required to get certification, but it may give jobseekers a competitive advantage.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many analysts enter the occupation with several years of work experience. Organizations that specialize in certain fields typically try to hire candidates who have experience in those areas. Typical work backgrounds include experience in management, human resources, and information technology. 

Advancement

As consultants gain experience, they often take on more responsibility. At the senior level, consultants may supervise teams working on more complex projects and become more involved in seeking out new business. Those with exceptional skills may eventually become partners in their consulting organization and focus on attracting new clients and bringing in revenue. Senior consultants who leave their consulting company often move to senior management positions at nonconsulting organizations.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Management analysts must be able to interpret a wide range of information and use their findings to make proposals.

Communication skills. Management analysts must be able to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Management analysts must work with managers and other employees of the organizations where they provide consulting services. They should work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals. 

Problem-solving skills. Management analysts must be able to think creatively to solve clients’ problems. Although some aspects of different clients’ problems may be similar, each situation is likely to present unique challenges for the analyst to solve.

Time-management skills. Management analysts often work under tight deadlines and must use their time efficiently to complete projects on time.

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Senior Planning Analyst Career Paths

Senior Planning Analyst
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Planner Merchandising Manager Planning Manager
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Sales Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager Senior Business Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Branch Manager Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Planner Planning Manager Finance Manager
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Senior Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Senior Planning Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

59.1%

Female

37.8%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

79.7%

Asian

9.0%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.6%

French

15.4%

Chinese

7.7%

Portuguese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Korean

7.7%

Akan

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

Greek

3.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%
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Senior Planning Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.1%

Pennsylvania State University

9.5%

University of Houston

7.1%

Michigan State University

7.1%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Fordham University

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

University of Arizona

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Rice University

3.6%

University of Connecticut

3.6%

Washington State University

3.6%

Illinois State University

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Boston College

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Troy University

3.6%

Kent State University

3.6%

Strayer University

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.6%
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Majors

Business

38.7%

Finance

13.9%

Management

7.6%

Marketing

5.5%

Accounting

5.0%

Economics

4.5%

Supply Chain Management

2.9%

Computer Science

2.6%

Project Management

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.8%

History

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Social Work

1.6%

Information Systems

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.3%

Political Science

1.3%

Operations Management

1.3%

Information Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

44.6%

Bachelors

36.7%

Other

9.1%

Associate

3.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.5%

License

0.6%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Senior Planning Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Planning Analyst Broken Hill Proprietary (USA) Inc. Houston, TX Sep 29, 2015 $176,815 -
$196,815
SR. Analyst Global Planning & Market Insights Nii Holdings, Inc. Reston, VA Mar 17, 2016 $173,701
Senior Planning Analyst Broken Hill Proprietary (USA) Inc. Houston, TX Nov 13, 2015 $159,040
SR. Apo/Planning Process Analyst Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jan 07, 2015 $113,058
Senior Analyst, Business Planning ASE (U.S.) Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 09, 2016 $108,493
Senior ERP Analyst, Planning & Master Data (Faolm) Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Mar 13, 2015 $108,389
Senior Enterprise Resource Planning Analyst Optum Services, Inc. Carlsbad, CA May 22, 2016 $106,974 -
$109,500
Senior ERP Analyst, Planning & Master Data (Faolm) Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jun 28, 2015 $105,539 -
$115,000
Senior Enterprise Resource Planning Analyst Optum Services, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Feb 14, 2014 $100,500 -
$109,500
Senior Enterprise RES Planning Analyst United Healthcare Services, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Mar 25, 2013 $100,464 -
$101,200
Senior Analyst Logistics and Planning Mattel HQ, Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 28, 2016 $100,000
Senior Capacity Planning Analyst FMR LLC Durham, NC Jan 28, 2016 $96,300
SR. ERP Analyst, Matreials Planning Mgmt. Ingersoll Rand Company Charlotte, NC Jun 16, 2014 $95,000
SR. Analyst, Treasury Planning and Capital Markets Exelon Business Services Company, LLC Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2016 $94,827 -
$112,000
SR. Analyst, International Planning-Pacific Plannin American Airlines, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Aug 24, 2016 $81,349 -
$112,004
Senior Analyst, International Planning American Airlines, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Sep 16, 2016 $81,349 -
$112,004
SR. Strategy Analyst, Strategy & Business Planning American Airlines, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Feb 09, 2015 $81,349 -
$112,004
Enterprise Resource Planning SR. Analyst Dell Marketing LP Round Rock, TX Oct 01, 2013 $81,276
Enterprise Resource Planning SR. Analyst Dell Marketing LP Round Rock, TX Mar 10, 2014 $81,276
Senior Workforce Analytics & Planning Analyst Ball Corporation Broomfield, CO May 01, 2015 $80,000 -
$106,800
Enterprise Resource Planning Senior Analyst Dell Marketing, LP Wellesley, MA Oct 01, 2015 $73,905
Enterprise Resource Planning Senior Analyst Dell Marketing L.P. Lewisville, TX Mar 18, 2016 $73,900
Senior Capacity Planning Analyst Fidelity Technology Group LLC Durham, NC Dec 14, 2015 $73,861 -
$87,568
Senior Capacity Planning Analyst Fidelity Technology Group LLC Merrimack, NH Dec 31, 2013 $73,278 -
$111,238
Senior Capacity Planning Analyst Fidelity Technology Group LLC Merrimack, NH Dec 16, 2013 $73,278 -
$111,238
Enterprise Resource Planning SR. Analyst Dell Marketing L.P. Plano, TX Aug 27, 2016 $73,174
Enterprise Resource Planning SR. Analyst Dell Marketing L.P. Quincy, MA Aug 20, 2015 $72,800
Senior Planning Analyst W. W. Grainger, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Oct 01, 2014 $72,500

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Top Skills for A Senior Planning Analyst

FinancialStatementsEnsureComplianceStrategicPlanProceduresCapacityPlanningAccessDatabaseResourceLogisticsCustomerServiceBusinessPlanBusinessUnitProcessImprovementsVarianceAnalysisSKUCategorySpecialProjectsAnnualBudgetSQLKPIMarketResearch

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Top Senior Planning Analyst Skills

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Strategic Plan
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and evaluated fiscal year operating plans and financial statements.
  • CONTRACT MANAGEMENT: Monitors contractor performance on certain aspects of the contract to ensure compliance with contractual requirements.
  • Provided strategic planning consultation to multiple AMA operating units.
  • Screened clients through cold calling procedures Coordinated insurance agents schedules organized and completed administrative duties.
  • Managed the Capacity Planning process for 26 North American manufacturing facilities.

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