The strategic planning analyst is typically responsible for developing and analyzing organizational growth strategies. Their main objective is to complete thorough analyses of the organization's business goals and identify helpful and harmful factors related to completing these goals. They suggest changes to current business plans, procedures, and policies based on an analysis of the potential benefits and risks of implementing new strategies. Additionally, these analysts may be responsible for developing reports discussing all changes or improvements that the business needs to reach its goals, including in areas such as funding decisions, staffing, and procedures.
The strategic planning analyst must also ensure the organization collects the information necessary to make informed planning decisions. They also follow up on newly implemented plans, policies, and procedures to analyze effectiveness and progress. These analysts work with a variety of departments including upper management, sales, supply chain, accounting, and customer service. They usually work full time and reports to the chief financial officer (CFO) or a departmental director or vice president.
Strategic planning analyst jobs typically require a bachelor's degree in business or a related field, as well as seven or more years of experience in a related field. Excellent organizational and multitasking skills are also required, and these analysts must be proficient with basic computer software.