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Working As A Senior 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

  • $91,799

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Consultant Career Paths

Senior Consultant
Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
11 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Office Manager Practice Manager
Practice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Quality Assurance Lead Quality Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Operations Manager Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Program Manager Business Development Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Controller Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Staff Consultant 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Senior Consultant
Consultant 24.7%
Manager 3.8%
Developer 3.2%
Analyst 2.6%
Programmer 2.4%
Director 2.3%
Top Careers After Senior Consultant
Consultant 14.8%
Manager 6.9%
Director 4.0%
Principal 3.0%
Architect 2.6%

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Senior Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

68.5%

Female

28.3%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

53.6%

Asian

17.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.4%

French

13.3%

Chinese

6.2%

German

6.0%

Mandarin

5.9%

Portuguese

5.2%

Japanese

4.6%

Italian

4.0%

Arabic

3.6%

Russian

3.5%

Carrier

3.2%

Hindi

2.8%

Korean

2.5%

Cantonese

1.8%

Greek

0.8%

Gujarati

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Swedish

0.6%

Polish

0.6%
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Senior Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.3%

George Washington University

8.0%

George Mason University

6.4%

New York University

6.2%

Johns Hopkins University

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

Cornell University

4.8%

University of Chicago

4.7%

University of Southern California

4.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Villanova University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.7%

University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

26.1%

Computer Science

13.1%

Finance

8.6%

Accounting

5.8%

Management

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Marketing

3.8%

Information Technology

3.5%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Project Management

2.7%

Information Systems

2.3%

Economics

2.3%

Engineering

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Communication

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

39.8%

Bachelors

38.5%

Other

11.3%

Doctorate

3.7%

Certificate

3.0%

Associate

2.7%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Consultant Informatica LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2017 $136,906 -
$137,750
Senior Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 12, 2015 $125,000
Senior Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2013 $125,000
Senior Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 07, 2015 $125,000
Senior Consultant Intellipoint Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 12, 2014 $124,000 -
$134,000
Senior Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2013 $120,000
Senior Migration Consultant Backoffice Associates, LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 07, 2019 $115,000 -
$125,000
Senior Migration Consultant Backoffice Associates, LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 12, 2018 $111,800 -
$125,000
Senior Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2013 $110,000
Senior Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 05, 2013 $110,000
Senior Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 06, 2013 $110,000
Senior Consultant IBM Corporation Ashburn, VA May 10, 2013 $108,000
Senior Migration Consultant Backoffice Associates, LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 12, 2018 $105,000 -
$125,000
Senior Consultant IBM Corporation Ashburn, VA Jul 08, 2011 $105,000
Senior Consultant Southport Services Group, LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 19, 2017 $103,272 -
$125,000
Senior Consultant Southport Services Group, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2017 $103,272 -
$125,000
Senior Consultant Software AG USA, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 28, 2015 $101,000
Senior Consultant Software AG USA, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 01, 2014 $101,000
Senior Consultant Software AG USA, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 30, 2014 $101,000
Senior Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Feb 25, 2018 $97,552
Senior Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Nov 23, 2018 $93,933
Senior Consultant Sparta Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 20, 2014 $90,000
Senior Consultant Apex Technology Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 15, 2013 $89,000
Senior Consultant Trizetto Corporation, A Cognizant Company Ashburn, VA Sep 24, 2016 $88,878 -
$93,878
Senior Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Aug 03, 2015 $87,194 -
$158,000
Senior Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Jun 15, 2012 $85,000
Senior Consultant GAEA Global Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 03, 2018 $84,926 -
$123,427
SR. Consultant Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2013 $80,018
SR. Consultant Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2013 $80,018
Senior Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Sep 29, 2014 $80,000 -
$158,000
SR Backup Consultant-Commvault Iblesoft Inc. Duns#791327054 Ashburn, VA May 08, 2017 $79,000
Senior Consultant I Trizetto Corporation, A Cognizant Company Ashburn, VA Aug 19, 2017 $78,915 -
$88,251
Senior Consultant Trizetto Corporation, A Cognizant Company Ashburn, VA Sep 14, 2016 $69,638 -
$84,393
Senior Consultant Varnar Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2017 $63,500

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  • Modeled 43 business processes to identify nearly 300 business process improvement opportunities at a mid-market life and disability insurance company.
  • Managed 24/7-production support for mortgage and finance data warehouse used for statutory reporting and feeding data to various downstream applications.
  • Gathered technical requirements and process flow documentation via client interviews to identify gaps within Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Designed, developed and implemented customization in delivered Purchase Order dispatch process to meet client's unique business requirements.

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