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United Airlines Principal - Decision Sciences, Network Planning in Chicago, Illinois

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Network Planning

Our many flights need to be planned to perfection. The Network Planning teams design our schedules and routes to connect travelers with their destinations.

Job overview and responsibilities

Ensure that United Airlines' Network Planning team has access to state-of-the-art systems that will eventually be utilized by planners and schedulers to plan, evaluate, design and develop schedules. Identify the best models to use, build subject matter expertise in those domains, continuously improve models’ design and application, and work with user groups to ensure NP tools are used to their fullest potential. Provide thought partnership with internal and external teams to solve business cases related to Network Planning and Scheduling.

  • Support the continuous improvement and development of the systems used by Network Planning and Scheduling

  • Evaluate project ideas and request received by the team, determine benefits, feasibility, and develop testing and implementation plans and timelines

  • Engage with experts and monitor new developments in relevant fields which may be leveraged to improve United's network tools

  • Serve as a resource and thought partner for the department and external groups that the Decision Science team frequently engages

  • Build and lead training programs to ensure all potential users are able to use the models to their fullest potential

  • Provide guidance on which improvements to make to existing models and how they are configured and calibrated

  • Determine analytical framework for business problems and perform advanced analyses as necessary

  • Work with cross-functional teams to design, build, test, and implement new models, features and datasets


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills

  • Excellent knowledge of a large array of modeling and optimization techniques and tools

  • Ability to work with large cross-functional teams and on multiple projects independently

  • Strong communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to listen attentively and coordinate with different stakeholder groups without hierarchical relationship to build consensus and identify “win-win” solutions

  • Familiarity with operational, financial and marketing related issues commonly faced in the airline industry

  • 2-4 years of experience in a relevant field such as Network Planning, Scheduling, Revenue Management or Operations Research

  • 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


  • Master's degree

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

Division: 52 Network Planning

Function: Revenue Management & Pricing / Network Planning

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled