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Working As An Internal Consultant

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $100,531

    Average Salary

What Does An Internal Consultant Do

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Duties

Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure changes are working

Although some management analysts work for the organization that they analyze, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. 

Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization’s managers.

Management analysts often specialize in certain areas, such as inventory management or reorganizing corporate structures to eliminate duplicate and nonessential jobs. Some consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications. In government, management analysts usually specialize by type of agency.

Organizations hire consultants to develop strategies for entering and remaining competitive in today’s marketplace.

Management analysts who work on contract may write proposals and bid for jobs. Typically, an organization that needs the help of a management analyst solicits proposals from a number of consultants and consulting companies that specialize in the needed work. Those who want the work must then submit a proposal by the deadline that explains how the consultant will do the work, who will do the work, why they are the best consultants to do the work, what the schedule will be, and how much it will cost. The organization that needs the consultants then selects the proposal that best meets its needs and budget.

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How To Become An Internal Consultant

Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Few colleges and universities offer formal programs in management consulting. However, many fields of study provide a suitable education because of the range of areas that management analysts address. Common fields of study include business, management, economics, political science and government, accounting, finance, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and English.

Analysts also routinely attend conferences to stay up to date on current developments in their field.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation to those who meet minimum levels of education and experience, submit client reviews, and pass an interview and exam covering the IMC USA’s code of ethics. Management consultants with a CMC designation must be recertified every 3 years. Management analysts are not required to get certification, but it may give jobseekers a competitive advantage.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many analysts enter the occupation with several years of work experience. Organizations that specialize in certain fields typically try to hire candidates who have experience in those areas. Typical work backgrounds include experience in management, human resources, and information technology. 

Advancement

As consultants gain experience, they often take on more responsibility. At the senior level, consultants may supervise teams working on more complex projects and become more involved in seeking out new business. Those with exceptional skills may eventually become partners in their consulting organization and focus on attracting new clients and bringing in revenue. Senior consultants who leave their consulting company often move to senior management positions at nonconsulting organizations.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Management analysts must be able to interpret a wide range of information and use their findings to make proposals.

Communication skills. Management analysts must be able to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Management analysts must work with managers and other employees of the organizations where they provide consulting services. They should work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals. 

Problem-solving skills. Management analysts must be able to think creatively to solve clients’ problems. Although some aspects of different clients’ problems may be similar, each situation is likely to present unique challenges for the analyst to solve.

Time-management skills. Management analysts often work under tight deadlines and must use their time efficiently to complete projects on time.

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Internal Consultant Career Paths

Internal Consultant
Senior Project Manager Program Director Human Resources Manager
Business Partner
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Business Consultant Human Resources Consultant Talent Acquisition Manager
Global Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Senior Consultant Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Chief Operating Officer Strategy Consultant
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Manager Practice Manager
Practice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager Processing Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Operations Director Business Development Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Vice President
Vice President, Strategy
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Consultant 2.4 years
Program Consultant 2.4 years
Process Consultant 2.2 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 20.0%
Internship 7.7%
Manager 5.4%
Director 3.8%
Supervisor 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 19.2%
Director 5.4%
Manager 5.1%
Principal 3.8%
Physician 2.9%

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Internal Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

60.4%

Female

35.4%

Unknown

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.5%

French

16.4%

German

11.5%

Mandarin

9.8%

Japanese

6.6%

Swedish

3.3%

Portuguese

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Bulgarian

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Internal Consultant Education

Schools

University of Chicago

9.5%

Cornell University

8.6%

Ohio State University

7.6%

Northwestern University

6.7%

Vanderbilt University

5.7%

New York University

4.8%

George Washington University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.8%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

Xavier University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Villanova University

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.8%

Georgia State University

3.8%

Johns Hopkins University

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%
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Majors

Business

31.9%

Finance

10.0%

Accounting

8.2%

Management

7.2%

Marketing

5.1%

Social Work

3.7%

Human Resources Management

3.7%

Communication

3.3%

Computer Science

3.0%

Psychology

3.0%

Medicine

3.0%

Economics

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Counseling Psychology

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Industrial Engineering

2.1%

Political Science

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Community Organization And Advocacy

1.6%

International Business

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

51.2%

Bachelors

29.6%

Other

10.4%

Doctorate

4.6%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

1.3%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Internal Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Internal Consultant Umpysicians Management Company LLC Minneapolis, MN Jul 16, 2015 $130,208
Internal Consultant III Coordinates Operations LLC Lexington, MA Jun 16, 2010 $110,000 -
$140,000
Internal Consultant III Coordinates Operations LLC Lexington, MA Jun 23, 2010 $110,000 -
$140,000
SAP Internal Consultant II Champion Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 31, 2010 $106,502
Internal Consultant II Coordinates Operations LLC Lexington, MA Sep 14, 2013 $105,000 -
$125,000
Business Applications Internal Consultant Novocol, Inc. Lancaster, PA Jan 04, 2012 $100,381
Business Applications Internal Consultant Novocol, Inc. Louisville, CO Oct 01, 2011 $98,638
Consultant-Internal Consulting Arthur J. Gallagher Service Company, LLC Itasca, IL Mar 14, 2016 $95,000
Sightbridge Internal Consultant S-L Snacks Nc, LLC Charlotte, NC Aug 25, 2014 $91,787
Senior Internal Consultant-Performance Improveme Umphysicians Management Company LLC Minneapolis, MN Jul 16, 2012 $87,207
SAP Internal Consultant Freudenberg Spunweb Company Durham, NC May 12, 2011 $81,266 -
$94,760
Senior Internal Consultant-Performance Improveme University of Minnesota Physicians Minneapolis, MN Dec 06, 2010 $80,018 -
$106,013
Internal Consultant II Coordinates Operations LLC Lexington, MA Sep 14, 2010 $80,000 -
$90,000
Internal Consultant II Coordinates Operations LLC Lexington, MA Jun 16, 2010 $80,000 -
$100,000

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Top Skills for An Internal Consultant

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  1. Financial Advisors
  2. Process Improvement
  3. Compliance
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  • Provided educational and marketing support to financial advisors with sales and marketing campaigns.
  • Created quality improvement training curriculum and manuals and provided training to and facilitation of teams involved in process improvement activities.
  • Program leadership of sustainability and safety programs that delivered zero Lost-Time Incidents and zero waste to landfill and environmental compliance.
  • Developed training materials and conducted classroom / individualized training for new business processes and technology.
  • Project Management - Meets deadlines, exceeding participation expectations by coordinating people and resources from inception to completion with feedback integration.

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