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Become A Strategic Planner

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Working As A Strategic 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

  • $80,571

    Average Salary

What Does A Strategic 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 Strategic 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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Strategic Planner Career Paths

Strategic Planner
Senior Planner Planning Manager Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Branch Chief Senior Analyst Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Developer Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Strategist Portfolio Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Strategy
12 Yearsyrs
Branch Chief Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Consultant
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Development Manager Director Of Sales
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Strategist Marketing Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Marketing Director General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Consultant Senior Consultant
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Project Manager Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director Operations Director Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Strategic Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

60.5%

Female

36.4%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

13.1%

Black or African American

12.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.6%

French

19.2%

Chinese

7.2%

Portuguese

6.4%

Mandarin

5.6%

German

4.8%

Arabic

4.0%

Hindi

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Cantonese

2.4%

Korean

1.6%

Persian

1.6%

Swahili

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Afrikaans

0.8%
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Strategic Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Webster University

9.4%

New York University

7.9%

Troy University

6.3%

George Washington University

5.8%

Northwestern University

5.2%

University of Southern California

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

Naval Postgraduate School

5.2%

Cornell University

4.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.2%

Syracuse University

3.7%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.7%

University of Georgia

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.1%

U.S. Army War College

3.1%

Harvard University

3.1%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.1%

National Intelligence University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

30.1%

Marketing

11.6%

Management

7.7%

Finance

7.2%

International Relations

4.7%

Communication

4.0%

Public Administration

3.3%

Political Science

3.3%

Advertising

3.3%

Education

2.6%

Project Management

2.6%

Accounting

2.5%

Economics

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Public Relations

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Law

2.1%

Computer Science

1.9%

Intelligence Operations

1.9%

History

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

51.6%

Bachelors

27.0%

Other

10.8%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

3.6%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Strategic Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Strategic Planner Marketing Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles, CA Apr 08, 2013 $200,000
Strategic Planner Marketing Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles, CA Apr 20, 2015 $200,000
Senior Strategic Planner Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc. New York, NY Feb 22, 2013 $160,000
Strategic Planner, Agency Development Google Inc. New York, NY Nov 03, 2014 $150,000
Strategic Planner Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. Dallas, TX Jan 01, 2011 $149,000
Strategic Planner Intel Corporation Austin, TX Mar 10, 2016 $143,146 -
$200,300
Strategic Planner Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Oct 07, 2014 $138,900 -
$280,700
Senior Strategic Planner Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $135,000
Strategic Planner & Project Director, Growth Strategies NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR May 04, 2015 $135,000
Senior Strategic Planner Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc. New York, NY Feb 22, 2013 $135,000
Digital Strategic Planner (Product Planning) Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC Richardson, TX Jun 02, 2015 $134,826
Senior Strategic Planner Wieden+Kennedy, Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $89,586 -
$155,000
Strategic Planner Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies McKinney, TX Oct 01, 2012 $86,300 -
$128,300
Strategic Planner Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies, Inc. McKinney, TX Oct 01, 2012 $86,300 -
$128,300
Strategic Planner Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc. New York, NY Nov 05, 2014 $86,070
Strategic Planner Admerasia Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $85,000
Strategic Planner Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 10, 2016 $84,573 -
$112,000
Strategic Planner GRMS It Consulting, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 20, 2014 $81,393
Strategic Planner Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Jan 08, 2016 $67,475 -
$129,500
Strategic Planner M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. CA Oct 02, 2011 $66,997 -
$96,000
Strategic Planner Emerson Electric Co. Saint Louis, MO Sep 09, 2011 $65,900 -
$110,000
Strategic Planner Shulogique LLC Jersey City, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $65,000
Strategic Planner Ogilvy Commonhealth Worldwide New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $65,000
Manufacturing Strategic Planner Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 29, 2016 $63,939
Strategic Brand Planner Prime Access LLC New York, NY Sep 24, 2016 $61,589 -
$73,000

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  1. Strategic Communications
  2. Strategic Plan
  3. Personnel
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  • Provide strategic planning, strategic communications, and organizational integration support to Sensors Directorate senior leadership.
  • Conducted long-range strategic planning ensuring all projects and significant changes to our configuration management complimented higher headquarters.
  • Delegate and monitor tasks and responsibilities to appropriate personnel and identify and proactively resolve potential internal team challenges as needed.
  • Represent the strategic interests of the Marine Corps to the Commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East.
  • Collaborated with organization on policy planning, business system development, business process improvement and risk management.

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