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United Airlines Senior Analyst - Financial Planning & Analysis in Chicago, Illinois

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The Finance department, which manages the company's budgets, forecasts and investments, and provides analysis of our financial performance and strategies.

Job overview and responsibilities

The Early Career Acceleration Program (Accelerate) in Finance is designed to focus on the technical, financial, and leadership skills of early career, underrepresented individuals. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Participants will be supported through a variety of experiences including experiential and action learning, course training, mentorship and peer coaching, virtual knowledge sharing, and networking.

During Accelerate, you will be fully immersed in our collaborative culture built on diversity of thought. Our teams will be looking for your curiosity and your unique point of view. This is a two-year program where participants will be able to gain exposure to two areas of interest within FP&A. Candidates will have the option to work with diverse areas in financial, strategic, and technical roles, gaining business partnership knowledge and increasing their overall financial acumen at United. Candidates selected for Accelerate will be given detailed assignment overviews and self-select into a role based on interest ranking, skillset and availability. All candidates will receive continuous growth opportunities through personal and development initiatives outside their direct role.

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.

All senior analysts within the broader 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

  • Analyzing cost trends and resource utilization and developing relevant performance metrics

  • Developing profitability and cash flow forecasts


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or related area of study

  • Minimum 3 years of analytical work experience demonstrating increasing responsibility

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, specifically Excel and PowerPoint

  • Track record of outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Proven ability to prioritize a range of responsibilities and adapt as business problems change

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well with others

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • Hyperion Planning, Oracle Financials experience

  • SQL, database querying ability

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

Division: 40 Finance

Function: Finance

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled