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Senior Analyst - Financial Planning & Analysis (MBA)

Req #: WHQ00001302-OS
Location: Chicago, IL US
Job Category: Full-Time - MBA/ELP & Undergrad

Job Title:  Senior Analyst – Financial Planning & Analysis

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.

Job Description

The Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) department is responsible for overseeing United's budget and forecast, long-term business plan, capital plan and financial analysis.  FP&A acts as a challenging business partner, working closely with each organization at United to provide financial and strategic support.


Analysts in the FP&A organization will gain in-depth exposure and experience in the airline industry, with assignments that may include:
  • Developing department-level and enterprise-wide annual and long-term budgets
  • Developing the annual capital plan and analytical support for capital investment decisions
  • Performing complex analyses, such as evaluating labor productivity or growth opportunities
  • Developing profitability and cash flow forecasts
  • Analyzing cost trends and resource utilization and developing performance metrics
Critical Skills and Experience
Experience:   Minimum of 3 years of work experience demonstrating increasing responsibility in one or more of the following areas:
  • Financial planning & analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Consulting
  • Corporate accounting
  • Engineering – with project management
  • Investment banking
  • Enterprise optimization / continuous improvement
  • Skills:
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office; emphasis on Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong written and verbal communications
  • Highly collaborative team player
  • Working knowledge of financial statements
  • Financial modeling
  • Intellectual curiosity; desire to learn
  • Self-starter
    Education:  Candidate for master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) graduating in winter 2017 or spring 2018
    Certifications:  CPA or CFA appreciated
Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship now or in the future.


Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

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