Consumers Energy Senior Business Strategy and Planner Consultant in Jackson, Michigan

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

The Strategic Business Consultant leads and manages operational strategic initiatives by managing, supporting, and assisting all aspects of delivering operational transformation. They are instrumental in developing & executing cutting edge assignments to deliver success for Operations and Engineering departments.

The successful candidate for this position will have primary responsibility for delivering operational Strategic expertise to the organization. This will require a blending of regulatory knowledge, strong business acumen, adept financial skills, influential competency, quantitative analytical abilities to optimize the planning and performance of the teams.

Job Description/Responsibilities

  • Manage process to develop & monitor of the strategy for the Operations and Engineering Departments. Including the strategy update process, business plan deployment, development of organizational scorecards and creation of the business units’ operating plans.

  • Engage with Senior Leadership at The Company to develop and to align performance goals across the Organization and departments.

  • Operate with significant autonomy and latitude in meeting business objectives and enabling efficient delivery of strategic initiatives and projects.

  • Implement continued process improvements in the Business Plan Deployment (BPD) process and Operating Reviews.

  • Analyze the strategic, operating and financial impacts of business proposals and/or external regulatory / legislative proposals. Develop modeling, recommendations and associated business cases in response to these proposals.

  • Research and development of systems, technologies and processes that enable Engineering and Operations organization’s world class performance.

  • Perform benchmarking with industry peers and external company that deliver best in class results.

  • Responsible for the development of business cases that enable improved company results. Demonstrate partnership with IT, Financials and Operating departments for positive business outcomes.

  • Oversee the creation of artifacts, such as plans, metrics, team and stakeholder communications, resource requirements and schedules for successful task completion.

  • Monitor and report on strategic initiatives and project performance against the plan and take corrective action as required.

  • Manage strategic communications around programs, services, processes, performance and strategic plans.


  • At least 2 years of applicable experience and a Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field.

  • Less than a Bachelor's degree may be acceptable if accompanied by extensive Company or industry experience in positions that demonstrate required abilities and performance.

The following skills and experience will set you apart from others:

  • Masters or other advanced degree, ideally in an IT, Analytics or Business area

  • Business Analytics and Optimization

  • Lean/Six Sigma certification

  • Energy industry background that includes a working knowledge of effectively mapping technology to business challenges

  • Strong experience with Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint.

  • Solid understanding of finance and accounting with the ability to translate that knowledge into quantitative business and financial models.

Essential Functions:

Business Support Advisors and Consultants support the planning, business analysis, general management, budget preparations and analysis, negotiations, transactions, customer services and auditing of a wide variety of business functions and processes of specific operating and support areas throughout the Company. Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, departments and offices. Lead and/or assist with business analysis and support for the plans, reports, impacts, contracts, schedules, estimates, data collection, observations, and field investigations. Provide business analysis and support services with accuracy, on time and under budget. Use computer assisted applications software and equipment to prepare business analysis support documents. Understand and follow Company established standard procedures for file structure and standard procedures for projects. Become familiar with business and department and Company plans and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately. Assists in client contact and communication. Utilize effective communication skills to answer inquiries from coworkers, clients, or the public. Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders. Attend internal and external meetings. Provide business analysis and support services in a legal and ethical manner. Regular attendance is expected.

Hours and Travel:

This position requires the individual work 40 hours per week with 90% of time spent in the office or specific field locations. This position may require the ability to travel between field locations. This position may include nights and weekend/holiday timeframes.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee will be using a computer and the associated keyboard and mouse. The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to fifty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The noise level on the construction site is often loud.

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.