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Working As A Lead 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

  • $88,259

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead 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 A Lead 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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Lead Consultant Career Paths

Lead Consultant
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Architect Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Manager And Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Chief Executive Officer Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Development Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Technical Manager Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Project Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Manager And Consultant Senior Manager Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Owner, Consultant 4.7 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
EDI Consultant 2.6 years
ERP Consultant 2.5 years
Functional Lead 2.5 years
Staff Consultant 2.5 years
Lead Integrator 2.5 years
Program Consultant 2.5 years
Fico Consultant 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Oracle Consultant 2.3 years
SAP Consultant 2.3 years
Process Consultant 2.2 years
Lead Consultant 2.0 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Data Consultant 1.7 years
Junior Consultant 1.3 years
PMO Consultant 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 18.9%
Manager 3.1%
Developer 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 17.8%
Architect 3.3%
Manager 2.6%

Lead Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

67.6%

Female

29.7%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

64.2%

Asian

22.7%

Hispanic or Latino

8.5%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.4%

French

14.3%

Chinese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

German

5.7%

Italian

4.8%

Russian

4.3%

Hindi

3.8%

Portuguese

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Japanese

2.9%

Urdu

2.4%

Korean

1.9%

Dari

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Cheyenne

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Catalan

1.0%
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Lead Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.6%

DePaul University

6.4%

Georgia State University

6.1%

Villanova University

5.5%

University of Washington

5.2%

More Tech Institute

5.2%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

Johns Hopkins University

4.9%

George Washington University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

New York University

4.3%

Florida State University

4.3%

University of North Texas

4.1%

University of Southern California

4.1%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.8%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%
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Majors

Business

23.3%

Computer Science

15.7%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Finance

5.2%

Management

4.7%

Information Technology

4.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Computer Applications

4.2%

Computer Engineering

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.1%

Marketing

3.7%

Engineering

3.5%

Education

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%

Economics

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Masters

34.4%

Other

13.0%

Associate

3.9%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Lead Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
GV Lead Consultant Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 19, 2012 $137,250
Consultant Lead Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Jan 17, 2018 $111,654
Consultant Lead Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Oct 12, 2015 $107,536
MTS Consultant-Sys Engrg (Lead Systems Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 07, 2016 $104,986
Lead Consultant-Infrastructure Management-US-Practitio Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2018 $101,878
Lead SYS Consultant-SYS Analysis & Programs (SR. Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 14, 2012 $101,731
Lead Consultant-Infrastructure Management-US-Professio Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA May 01, 2017 $99,154
Lead Consultant-Infrastructure Management-US-Practitio Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2017 $99,154
MTS Consultant-Sys. Engrg. (Lead System Consultant Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2013 $97,850
MTS Consultant-Sys Engrg (Lead System Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 05, 2018 $96,720
Lead Systems Conslt-Sys Arch (Systems Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2011 $95,880
MTS Consultant-Sys. Engrg. (Lead System Consultant Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 24, 2013 $95,880
Lead SYS Consultant-SYS Analysis & Programs (SOF Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 18, 2012 $88,259
SAP Lead Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2011 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Consultant

WebBusinessProcessCustomerServiceModulesProceduresPl/SqlBusinessRequirementsGo-LiveFinancialDataWarehouseUserInterfaceLegacySystemsSAPECCProjectManagementArchitectureWindowsWorkflowProjectPlanSetupRequirementGathering

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Top Lead Consultant Skills

  1. Web
  2. Business Process
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked on REST, SOAP, HTTP web services.
  • Lead detail design, functionality peer review, and business process definition.
  • Provided excellent customer service and support while constructing and implementing strategies to meet the client s needs.
  • Divided modules to sub modules and mapped tasks involved in UI and client development.
  • Configured and documented user procedures for training and reference purpose.

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