Policy and Planning Managers



OFO No: 121301





Other names for Policy & Planning Manager:

  • Corporate Planning Manager
  • Planning & Development Manager
  • Policy Development Manager
  • Public Policy Manager
  • Strategic Planning Manager

What is a Policy & Planning Manager?

A Policy & Planning Manager holds a very senior position in the company.

They are responsible for the planning and directing of corporate policies and strategic goals and targets within the company.

Some Policy & Planning Managers specialise in:

  • Corporate planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Policy development planning

What does a Policy & Planning Manager do?

  • develops and implements new strategic plans and targets
  • monitors current programmes within the company
  • researches and analyses data
  • implements new activity measures to track progress
  • participates in the development of policy documents
  • writes reports
  • liaises with experts and government officials
  • meets with board of directors
  • represents company at conventions and conferences etc

Are you . . . ?

  • analytical?
  • good at mathematics?
  • passionate about business?
  • ambitious?
  • detail orientated?
  • a good communicator (written and verbal)?
  • a forward thinker?
  • strategic?
  • a good negotiator?

How do I become a Policy & Planning Manager?

Most Policy & Planning Managers have a business /commerce qualifications and loads of working experience in the business sector.

A Policy & Planning Manager usually starts off at the bottom as a junior or assistant in the company and after years of collecting skills and experience will slowly move up the corporate ladder. Policy & Planning Manager are generally older due to this fact.

A lot of Policy & Planning Managers will also continue to study throughout their working career to improve their knowledge and skills.

After years as a Policy & Planning Manager in a company you may be invited to become a Director.


Bachelor of Economics


  • Rhodes University
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Universitiy of KZN
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Free State
  • University of Venda
  • University of Western Cape
  • University of Witswaterand



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