A senior consultant is an experienced resource tasked with identifying and solving management issues within an organization. In general, a leading management consultant needs to have years of industry experience and excellent insight into managerial and other processes. Backed by decades of relevant experience, the consultant researches and assesses various management processes within the company and formulate a strategy and a solution to tackle different issues and to improve the systems, plans, processes, and technologies.
A senior consultant may also do financial and business analysis, and may lead a team of junior consultants to bring about changes in company policies and programs for better results.
How to Become a Senior Management Consultant?
A university degree followed by a Master’s in business administration or management or finance or accounting is almost mandatory. Besides, becoming a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) can help you stand out with additional credentials validating your consultancy skills. A successful management consultant requires certain analytical, communication, negotiation, technical, and interpersonal skills to accomplish their responsibilities. Previous experience in other jobs can also help you become a higher Management Consultant e.g. Senior Project Manager, Senior Consultant, or Project Manager.
Experience: Relevant industry experience will make you a better candidate.
Self-motivation and self-discipline: Must be self-motivated to complete work promptly with minimal oversight.
Organizational skills: Very organized in their approach to solving problems and implementing solutions.
Analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills: Capable of absorbing a great deal of business information, analyzing data, and making clear and useful recommendations.
Listening, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills: Must be a diplomatic and effective communicator.
Creativity: Flexibility and creativity to handle any situation while implementing solutions.
What exactly does a higher Management Consultant do?
A senior management consultant advises the top management on better ways of doing things within various departments. To accomplish it, senior consultants have to bewell-versed in the company’s inner workings to advise which changes will work best. Typically, they work with business strategy, human resources, finance, design, and information technology.
Examples of some typical issues that a management consultant may have to deal with are – “Learn about the company’s business challenges and technologies to understand its needs,”, “Review financial statements, payroll information, or existing computer systems,” “Conduct training for employees at a variety of levels” and “Evolve a marketing strategy to disrupt an already started market”.
To discharge their duties, they have to work closely with the company staff, management, and senior stakeholders. Therefore, excellent communication skills (both oral and written) are a must to effectively communicate at various levels of the company. Senior management consultant also have to travel to meet clients and collaborate with them about different problems and possible solutions for increased profits, better systems, and improved efficiency.