Strategic Planning Manager

Job Description

The role of a Strategic Planning Manager is to collaborate with Executives and Management to develop long range strategic goals for the organisation.  Such goals may include identifying and reviewing pricing and market trends, monitors business climate, leads business initiatives, pilots programs and make recommendations for adjustments and modifications.   The Strategic Planning Manager can oversee company financials, processes, procedures and collaborate with business administration to produce plans that are profitable.  The Strategic Planning Manager also serves as negotiator with third parties for potential mergers or product acquisitions.


Althought a Strategic Planning Manager may have set office hours, they will often work outside of regular business hours and on weekends.


In a Business Management role, you will most likely need a combination of practical experience, formal qualifications, sales experience, team leadership skills, business management expertise and perhaps knowledge of a particular industry, product or service. 

If you are starting out or looking to upskill, consider courses such as;

  • Formal qualifications in Business or Marketing 
  • Formal qualifications in Business Administration, Accounting and/or Team Leadership
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Management)
  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, finance, marketing, or a related field
  • Expert knowledge or qualification of the industry or company you are working in
  • At least five years experience in the industry or acting as a consultant on major strategic planning projects

To gain experience you may apply for positions in Sales and Marketing or progressively develop enough knowledge and experience in a particular company or industry.  


  • Adaptability
  • Ambitious
  • Charismatic
  • Competitive
  • Devoted
  • Eloquent
  • Friendly
  • Inquisitive
  • Open-minded
  • Organised
  • Persuasive
  • Punctual
  • Resourceful
  • Team player

Key Skills

  • Developing growth strategies
  • Business administration
  • Business forecasting strategies
  • Managing and nurturing relationships
  • Networking
  • Researching
  • Writing and presentation
  • Advice
  • Negotiating

Future Prospects

Business Development Managers have the opportunity to grow into higher-level management and specialist roles, especially if they develop detailed knowledge of a specific product, or service or the company operations.  They should always demonstrate advanced problem-solving skills through the development of improved processes and procedures and long-term strategic planning. If you see yourself somewhere on this list it gives an insight into future career opportunities or an opportunity to glance back on how far you have progressed.