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Senior Manager, Strategic Planning Group

Greater London, United Kingdom
Consulting Operations

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Job Description

Senior Manager , Strategic Planning Group 

Don’t just work for a market leading global company. Help grow one.


The Strategic Planning Group (“SPG”), American Express’ internal strategic management consulting team, has a two-fold mission:

  • To be a partner for our business unit clients and for the broader company by analyzing and supporting the most critical strategic initiatives;
  • To attract high-performing talent, develop their business and people leadership competencies, and transition them to be successful leaders in the company.
Our customers are top executive management who engage us to solve critical business challenges and evaluate growth opportunities. Consultants in SPG are continuously surprised at the incredible breadth and depth of project assignments.

A role with American Express in SPG offers the unique opportunity to work across all business lines with some of the top strategic minds in business while further developing consulting and leadership skills.


Like management consulting, SPG offers diverse and challenging work. In addition, the job provides a stronger sense of ownership, a better lifestyle and, importantly, a clear path to management within American Express.


Based in our London headquarters , you will also take part in a structured training curriculum that leverages both internal and external resources. SPG serves as a key talent pool for American Express, with consultants “rolling out” to new roles in business units across the globe.


SPG Leadership provides team members with tailored support to help each individual find the right next role in American Express. Many senior executives — including former CEO Ken Chenault — began their careers at American Express in SPG.


Here’s some of what you’ll be doing as a Manager in SPG at American Express:

  • Performing analysis and research to develop insights and solutions to tackle the highest strategic priorities
  • Engaging business unit leaders to develop and present implementable solutions, and provide thought partnership and strategic counsel
  • Collaborating with talented teammates to deliver significant and sustainable results
  • Participate in various networking events with senior leaders across business units to build a network and a deeper understanding of the company

Salary: Competitive

Opening date for applications: 5th October 2018

Closing date for applications:  2nd November 2018

Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.


Required skills:


Are you ready for the challenge?

To be a success in SPG you will need to bring the following skills, experiences and attributes:

  • Demonstrable consulting experience gained within a Top Strategy Consulting House is essential  
  • Educated to MBA essential.
  • Very strong financial analysis and modelling skills are essential, with proven ability to drive analytical output aimed at identifying trends, developing key insights and required decisions for senior management
  • Experience of operating in a complex, multi-tasking, and multi-stakeholder environment, with proven ability to deal with ambiguity and tackle complex problems.
  • Strong collaboration and relationship building ability is essential including the ability to influence others without having direct authority
  • Proven track-record as people leader (motivating and developing teams and talent)
  • Excellent communication, influencing and presentation skills with a strong sense of personal excellence and accountability
  • Strong track record of business development and start up growth results.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to collaborate and be a team player
  • Strong professional/executive presence; effective communication and presentation skills with senior stakeholders

Why American Express?

Talk to our people and you’ll find out what we’re really all about. Open, creative, risk-taking, collaborative and innovative are just some of the expressions you’ll hear. It’s our culture that makes American Express an outstanding place to work, and a big part of why we regularly win best workplace awards all over the world including recognition amongst the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work and Glassdoor’s 2017 Best Places to Work.  If you’re ready to take on a challenge and make an impact, you owe it to yourself to launch or grow your career here.


To complete your application please click on the links below. However, if you require any assistance with the completion of this process – or need any reasonable adjustments to be made – then please contact the Recruitment Team on or 00800 83 000038 (for Russia based candidates 810 800 83 000038).

ReqID: 18015256
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Oct 4, 2018, 6:46:53 AM
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