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Management Consultant

Management consultants provide advisory services to organisations (public, private and not-for-profit) regarding management problems, challenges and opportunities.

Duties & Tasks
Management consultants may perform the following tasks:
  • gather information on the function of each area within an organisation (and the specific duties undertaken by each individual) by talking with managers or supervisors and interviewing other staff
  • assess the types of tasks undertaken in each section, the methods or systems used, the length of time taken for an individual to complete a task and any problems involved in undertaking the task
  • consult internal training manuals, files and job descriptions to obtain additional information
  • study data such as statistical records, reports and organisational charts
  • identify problem areas and find solutions by considering alternatives, taking into account the benefits and costs of any recommendations
  • write detailed reports and provide statistical evidence to support their conclusions and recommendations
  • assist in the implementation of new systems
  • talk to experts in other fields when introducing new equipment such as computers.
  • Working conditions
    Management consultancy work is sometimes carried out by people who are employed in another capacity, such as engineers, personnel workers, technicians, computer programmers or systems analysts.par When assessing an organisation's systems, they may have to work at that organisation's premises.
    Personal requirements
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • able to think logically and objectively
  • organisational skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • tactful and discrete
  • interested in people, processes and resource management.
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