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Sr. Analyst - Network Planning and Strategy (MBA)

Req #: WHQ00011746-OS
Location: Chicago, IL US
Job Category: Full-Time - MBA/ELP & Undergrad
Job Title: Sr. Analyst – Network Planning and Scheduling
Company Overview
United Airlines is a leading global carrier focused on being the airline customers want to fly, employees want to work for and shareholders want to invest in. Against the backdrop of industry-wide consolidation and historic levels of profitability, United has transformed into a financially strong company. Built on a culture of Working Together, United is well positioned to deliver meaningful profitability and sustainable long-term value for our shareholders. Highlights of United Airlines include:
  • World’s most comprehensive global route network, including world-class international gateways to Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Africa and the Middle East, with non-stop or one-stop service from virtually anywhere in the U.S.;
  • Optimal hub locations including key business centers and global gateways such as New York/Newark, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles;
  • A modern, customer-pleasing and fuel-efficient fleet of nearly 700 mainline and more than 500 regional aircraft; and
  • Mileage Plus, the industry-leading loyalty program providing members the most opportunities to earn and use miles.
Network Planning and Scheduling Overview
The Network Planning & Scheduling department is responsible for strategic and operational decisions related to United’s global route network. We evaluate aircraft configurations, fleet acquisitions/retirements, and determine the long term strategy of United’s hubs and spokes. We plan capacity in existing markets and forecast performance of potential new additions to the network, both domestically and internationally. We schedule each of our 5,000 daily departures on all of our different aircraft types. We optimize the schedule for passenger connectivity and operational feasibility and reliability. We review revenue and cost performance of all of our markets to optimally deploy capacity and maximize network profitability.
Job Description
The Sr. Analyst role is responsible for optimizing United’s global route network to maximize profitability. Depending on the specific role, responsibilities may include the following:
  • Managing a portfolio of markets by analyzing profitability impact of potential changes and making tactical and strategic recommendations for market additions, market exits, or frequency or aircraft changes
  • Evaluating aircraft purchases, retirements, or reconfigurations
  • Developing long term strategic plans for United’s network
  • Building cross-functional working relationships to gain perspective and improve decision making
Critical Skills and Experience
  • Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills required
  • Ability to handle simultaneous projects and adapt to a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Proven proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and PowerPoint
  • Three years of work experience demonstrating increasing responsibility
  • Intellectual curiosity, desire to learn, ability to take initiative
  • Candidate for Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)
  • Positions are based in Chicago, IL
  • Target start date is summer 2018


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