Planning Analyst

    Al Tayer

    Job Purpose

    To conduct research and analysis for Group Business Planning and assist in the provision of analysis of business performance, market trends and strategic opportunities to provide data driven market intelligence and insights to enable informed, strategic decision making.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    Strategic Roles and Responsibilities

    • Follow all relevant organisational and functional policies, processes, standard operating procedures and instructions so that work is carried out in a controlled and consistent manner while delivering the required standard of service to customers and stakeholders.
    • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on matters related to Group Planning in order to facilitate flow of information and build awareness across the business units.
    • Manage self in line with the organisation’s HR policies, procedures, processes and practices to ensure adherence and to maximise employee contribution to business performance.
    • Act as a representative of ATG in all business partnerships and forums, displaying authenticity and living the values at all times internally and externally.

    Functional Roles and Responsibilities

    • Conduct business analysis as directed by collecting and evaluating data, and producing reports on the performance of business units in order to identify strengths and areas for improvement or development.
    • Conduct research on potential market opportunities for organic growth, new industries or growth by partnership (acquisitions, joint ventures, or alliances) including competitive environment and market trends to support informed decision making.
    • Conduct market research on national and international trends, identifying opportunities for the business as directed by the Group Business Planning Manager and as per leads provided by senior management.
    • Support development of feasibility studies for assigned initiatives to support assessment of commercial viability.
    • In association with business unit managers, conduct financial modelling; build business cases and strategic scenarios based on the current business profile in order to understand the impact of business initiatives upon the financial success.
    • Assist in the development of economic/ business/ market models designed to provide market intelligence for ATG leadership and to business unit management to support informed decision making.
    • Assist in conducting periodic monitoring and reporting of objectives and key performance indicators for the assigned functions within the ATG in close collaboration with the business unit management in line with defined quality standards while escalating any complex matters.
    • Update the database of all related strategic planning documentation, approved plans and budgets in line with ATG policies and procedures.
    • Collaborate with ATG management as directed by Manager, to understand key priorities; assist in the review, design and conduct of projects including recommending solutions with identified risks and in the implementation of refined and enhanced business solutions in line with ATG policies and guidelines.
    • Contribute inputs to Planning Team in developing methodologies, frameworks, strategies, policies and plans that support the culture of Planning in line with ATG’s Vision.
    • Support the Planning Team in the development of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for Planning initiatives in compliance to quality standards / comprehensiveness. Liaise with service providers / consultants to advice on ATG’s requirements and facilitate achievement of deliverables as per defined parameters.
    • Support / manage the database of all related Planning documentation, processes etc. in line with ATG policies and procedures
    • Assist in the effective delivery of strategic projects in collaboration with business units to support achievement of sustainable profitable growth.
    • Liaise with Business Unit leaders and extend support in effective implementation of approved recommendations from assigned projects across ATG within set timelines.
    • Develop all assigned project reports and other deliverables in a comprehensive, accurate and timely manner, and meet business and functional requirements and departmental standards
    • Assist in the effective delivery of strategic projects in collaboration with business

    Education/Certification:

    • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Finance or equivalent.

    Years of Experience:

    • 4-6 years’ experience in a strategic planning department and/or PMO office, in a similar-sized organisation, including 1-2 years in management consultancy role with expertise in retail management.

    Knowledge and Skills:

    • Knowledge of feasibility study preparation and economic/ financial analysis
    • Knowledge of corporate performance management methodologies and industry best practices
    • Knowledge of planning and monitoring process
    • Analytical, interpersonal, communication, problem solving and negotiation skills
    • Project Management – Planning and Organising project work across multiple work streams
    • High Analytical / Numerical ability – interpret large quantity of data and identify trends / discrepancies through financial / statistical analysis
    • Analytical, interpersonal, communication, problem solving and negotiation skills
    • Business acumen
    • Internal and external stakeholder management skills
    • Excellent customer orientation
    • Strong understanding of regional market
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

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