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Working As A Senior Human Resources Consultant

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $84,367

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Human Resources Consultant Do

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. 

Duties

Human resources managers typically do the following:

  • Plan and coordinate an organization’s workforce to best use employees’ talents
  • Link an organization’s management with its employees
  • Plan and oversee employee benefit programs
  • Serve as a consultant with other managers advising them on human resource issues, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of specialists and support staff
  • Oversee an organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes
  • Handle staffing issues, such as mediating disputes and directing disciplinary procedures

Every organization wants to attract, motivate, and keep qualified employees and match them to jobs for which they are well suited. Human resources managers accomplish this by directing the administrative functions of human resource departments. Their work involves overseeing employee relations, regulatory compliance, and employee-related services such as payroll, training, and benefits. They supervise the department’s specialists and support staff and ensure that tasks are completed accurately and on time. 

Human resources managers also consult with top executives regarding the organization’s strategic planning. They identify ways to maximize the value of the organization’s employees and ensure that they are used as efficiently as possible. For example, they might assess worker productivity and recommend changes to the organization’s structure to help it meet budgetary goals. 

Some human resources managers oversee all aspects of an organization’s human resources department, including the compensation and benefits or training and development programs. In many larger organizations, these programs are directed by specialized managers, such as compensation and benefits managers and training and development managers. 

The following are examples of types of human resources managers:

Labor relations directors, also called employee relations managers, oversee employment policies in union and nonunion settings. They draw up, negotiate, and administer labor contracts that cover issues such as grievances, wages, benefits, and union and management practices. They also handle labor complaints between employees and management and coordinate grievance procedures. 

Payroll managers supervise the operations of an organization’s payroll department. They ensure that all aspects of payroll are processed correctly and on time. They administer payroll procedures, prepare reports for the accounting department, and resolve any payroll problems or discrepancies. 

Recruiting managers, sometimes called staffing managers, oversee the recruiting and hiring responsibilities of the human resources department. They often supervise a team of recruiters, and some take on recruiting duties when trying to fill high-level positions. They must develop a recruiting strategy that helps them meet the staffing needs of their organization and effectively compete for the best employees.

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How To Become A Senior Human Resources Consultant

Candidates need a combination of education and several years of related work experience to become a human resources manager. Although a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for most positions, some jobs require a master’s degree. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills.

Education

Human resources managers usually need a bachelor’s degree. There are bachelor’s degree programs in human resources. Alternatively, candidates may complete a bachelor’s degree in another field, such as finance, business management, education, or information technology. Courses in subjects such as conflict management or industrial psychology may be helpful.

Some higher-level jobs require a master’s degree in human resources, labor relations, or business administration (MBA).

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

To demonstrate abilities in organizing, directing, and leading others, related work experience is essential for human resources managers. Some managers start out as human resources specialists or labor relations specialists. Others gain management experience in a variety of fields.

Management positions typically require an understanding of human resources programs, such as compensation and benefits plans; human resources software; and federal, state, and local employment laws.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is voluntary, it can show professional expertise and credibility and may enhance advancement opportunities. Many employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification. The Society for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Certification Institute, WorldatWork, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans are among many professional associations that offer a variety of certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources managers must be able to balance the strengths and weaknesses of different options and decide the best course of action. Many of their decisions have a significant impact on workers or operations, such as deciding whether to hire an employee. 

Interpersonal skills. Human resources managers need strong interpersonal skills because they regularly interact with people. They often collaborate on teams and must develop positive working relationships with their colleagues. 

Leadership skills. Human resources managers must be able to direct a staff and oversee the operations of their department. They must coordinate work activities and ensure that workers in the department complete their duties and fulfill their responsibilities. 

Organizational skills. Organizational skills are essential for human resources managers. They must be able to prioritize tasks and manage several projects at once.

Speaking skills. Human resources managers rely on strong speaking skills to give presentations and direct their staff. They must clearly communicate information and instructions to their staff and other employees.

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Senior Human Resources Consultant Career Paths

Senior Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources Compensation Consultant
Compensation Director
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Regional Human Resources Manager Talent Acquisition Manager Senior Human Resources Manager
Director Of Employee Development
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Vice President Office Manager Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Development Manager Recruitment Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Employee Development Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Labour Relations Manager
Labour Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Regional Human Resources Manager Human Resources Vice President Organizational Development Manager
Organizational Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Lead Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Assistant Director Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Vice President Managing Director Senior Recruiter
Senior Staffing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Lead Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Staffing Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Senior Human Resources Consultant
Recruiter 2.7%
Consultant 2.5%
Manager 1.8%
Top Careers After Senior Human Resources Consultant
Recruiter 3.3%
Director 2.3%
Consultant 2.3%
Principal 2.0%
Manager 2.0%

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Senior Human Resources Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

63.2%

Male

34.7%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.4%

Japanese

7.7%

Chinese

5.1%

Mandarin

5.1%

Portuguese

2.6%

Vietnamese

2.6%

Dakota

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

French

2.6%

Tagalog

2.6%

Maltese

2.6%

Norwegian

2.6%

Korean

2.6%

Italian

2.6%
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Senior Human Resources Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.0%

Michigan State University

8.9%

Villanova University

6.8%

Cornell University

6.3%

Webster University

5.7%

Texas State University

5.2%

Chapman University

5.2%

DePaul University

5.2%

Capella University

4.7%

National University

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

West Virginia University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

George Washington University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Howard University

3.6%

University of South Florida

3.1%

University of North Texas

3.1%

Marymount University

3.1%

Central Michigan University

3.1%
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Majors

Human Resources Management

29.8%

Business

29.1%

Psychology

8.0%

Management

5.5%

Counseling Psychology

3.7%

Marketing

3.1%

Political Science

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

English

2.0%

Law

2.0%

Communication

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Sociology

1.4%

Public Administration

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Elementary Education

1.2%

Public Relations

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.0%

School Counseling

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

41.0%

Bachelors

40.3%

Other

10.3%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

3.2%

Associate

1.3%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Senior Human Resources Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior SAP HR Consultant/Senior SAP Functional Analyst Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc. Durham, NC Jan 16, 2009 $125,000
Senior HR Consultant Oracle America, Inc. CA Oct 01, 2010 $111,446 -
$137,231
SR SAP HR Consultant Data Solutions, Inc. Canton, MI Jul 09, 2016 $104,062
Senior HR Effectiveness Consultant Mercer System Services LLC San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2014 $103,800 -
$120,200
SR. HR Services Consultant Verisign, Inc. Reston, VA Oct 28, 2011 $103,530
SR. HR Services Consultant Verisign, Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA May 06, 2011 $103,530
Senior Consultant-HCM Global HR East Kbace Technologies, Inc. Nashua, NH Jul 29, 2013 $100,000
SR. HR Consultant Northgatearinso Jacksonville, FL Jan 12, 2015 $96,600
Senior HR Consultant Caradigm USA LLC Bellevue, WA Nov 10, 2012 $93,496 -
$113,546
Senior Consultant, Human Capital, HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP San Francisco, CA Sep 26, 2016 $90,356 -
$167,200
Senior HR Effectiveness Consultant Mercer System Services LLC Portland, OR Sep 02, 2015 $90,200 -
$115,000
Senior Consultant, Human Resource Analytics T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 20, 2013 $87,838 -
$97,500
SR. SAP Hcm/Hr Consultant Denken Solutions, Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 05, 2016 $86,674
Senior Consultant, Human Capital-HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Pleasanton, CA Aug 31, 2015 $85,000 -
$157,000
SR. SAP HCM/HR Lead Consultant Gbiss, Inc. Irving, TX Feb 18, 2015 $84,000
Senior Consultant, Human Capital, HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Oct 28, 2016 $83,000 -
$167,200
Senior Consultant, Human Capital, HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Pleasanton, CA Sep 21, 2016 $83,000 -
$167,200
Senior Consultant, Human Capital-HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Boston, MA Oct 15, 2014 $81,662 -
$146,960
Senior Consultant, Human Capital-HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Atlanta, GA May 28, 2015 $81,020 -
$140,000
Senior Consultant, Human Capital -HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Atlanta, GA Dec 01, 2014 $81,020 -
$140,000
SR. HR Consultant Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2013 $79,480
Senior Consultant-Hr Virtusa Corporation Westborough, MA Sep 30, 2015 $76,000

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  3. Procedures
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  • Planned, conducted and documented internal investigations of a highly sensitive and complex nature in compliance with company guidelines.
  • Consulted with Senior Leaders on the importance of Performance Management, including conducting quarterly reviews and annual performance reviews.
  • Created documentation and training programs for processes and procedures to improve quality and organizational consistency.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the documentation of all payroll-related procedures, including ongoing development of Sarbanes-Oxley documentation and controls.
  • Coordinate all relocation activities, including policy development, tracking authorized expenses and coordinating reimbursement of eligible expenses for technical positions.

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