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MBA Financial Strategy Analyst 2019 - 2020

Date: Nov 30, 2019

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Location: AA Headquarters 1 (DFW-HDQ1) 
Additional Locations: Dallas/Ft Worth, TX
Requisition ID: 32404 

Job Description

Over the past 5 years, American Airlines has taken delivery of over 500 new aircraft and has invested billions of dollars in new aircraft, technology, infrastructure and most importantly, in our employees.  We’ve built the largest airline in the world and are generating record-breaking profits, but we are just getting started.  We are transforming our culture by focusing on validating the trust placed in us by our frontline team members and have broken ground on a brand new integrated campus where all 120,000 employees will interact and collaborate.

With the bulk of our integration behind us, we are focused on planning for the long-term and enhancing customer experience and shareholder value. That includes hiring MBAs to work on meaningful assignments to support the company’s pursuit of greatness and to ultimately become the next generation of leaders at American. Sound like an unrealistic expectation? Just consider that American’s Management Leadership Program has for 30 years been the training ground for many leaders in the airline industry. In fact, the past three CEOs at American got their start as new hires in American’s MBA Program, as did the current CEO at Virgin Atlantic and countless other executives at other Fortune 500 companies.

Key Responsibilities:

Analysts will join American Airlines in one of five groups within the Financial Planning and Analysis organization. The FP&A organization leads the financial analysis of strategic corporate initiatives, provides centralized planning for all financial processes, and leads the analysis of investments in aircraft and infrastructure projects. Analysts develop financial models that support planning and decision-making, and will often communicate key issues and recommendations to senior management.  Within the FP&A group responsibilities range from in-depth cause and effect analyses, competitive analyses, supporting company initiatives through analytical modeling and consulting, and monthly review of financial performance.

Analysts at American Airlines will develop skills which extend beyond just financial analysis:

  • Strategy: Depending on team assignment, analysts will assess network profitability, evaluate labor contracts, evaluate aircraft performance and economics, and analyze performance against competing airlines.
  • Teamwork: Analysts will engage in cross-functional analyses, collaborating with various departments on projects ranging from fleet strategy to developing business plans for major capital investments.
  • Communication with senior management: Analysts gain significant exposure to senior management across numerous departments.


Job Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:


  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management.
  • Strong demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Ability to adapt and apply a variety of analytical approaches, to logically structure analysis of complex issues and to develop creative solutions to business, financial, and operational challenges.
  • Leadership  skills  --  ability  to  motivate and take  initiative, while  operating  within  a  dynamic team environment.
  • 2-3 years full-time work experience in finance, general management, consulting or related fields.
  • MBA required
Finance & Planning Analysis Teams

The Fleet Planning group evaluates aircraft economics to determine the most efficient strategies to provide the aircraft needed to meet the company’s strategic objectives. This analysis drives aircraft purchase and retirement decisions and forms the basis for the company’s 5-year Fleet Plan, which is used by analytical groups around the company for operational planning.  

The Operating Budgets team works closely with the Division Controller and Corporate Accounting organizations to understand business issues impacting the financial statements, produce consolidated forecasted financial statements, and lead the annual budgeting process. .

The Long-range Planning team manages the strategic financial forecasting tool for American Airlines used across the company to facilitate and analyze growth decisions, financing scenarios and uses of cash.  

The Financial Analysis team is comprised of two main teams: Business Intelligence (BI) and Analysis.

The BI group provides new team members with a robust understanding of Flight Profitability, Airline Revenues, and Industry Results. T

The Analysis group identifies opportunities for financial and operational improvement and presents these insights to senior leaders. The team works on projects as varied as analyzing aircraft utilization trends, to decomposing the differences in margin versus our competitors. 

Capital Planning

The Capital Planning team evaluates the merits of proposed capital projects and provides informed recommendations to senior management. Team members partner with Division Controllers and business leaders across the company to provide critical analytical support for key strategic projects. 

Labor Analysis

The Labor Analysis team provides strategic and economic direction to senior management pertaining to labor contract negotiations, employee compensation and benefits, and industry labor cost and policy comparisons. 

Additional Locations: Dallas/Ft Worth, TX
Requisition ID: 32404 

Nearest Major Market: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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