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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

  • $104,440

    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 Representative Senior Human Resources Generalist Benefits Manager
Compensation Director
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Regional Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Lead Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Talent Acquisition
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Chief Executive Officer Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Regional Human Resources Manager Director Of Employee Development Human Resources Coordinator
Head Of Human Resources
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Marketing Director Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resource Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Lead Human Resources Manager Senior Recruiter
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Regional Human Resources Manager Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Chief Executive Officer Specialist
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager Human Resources Manager
Resource Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Employee Development Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Manager Senior Manager Director Of Human Resources
Vice President Talent Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Recruiter 2.6%
Consultant 2.0%
Manager 1.6%
Top Employers After
Recruiter 3.6%
Consultant 2.0%
Principal 1.9%
Manager 1.9%
Director 1.7%

Senior Human Resources Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

63.6%

Male

34.6%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

78.7%

Asian

9.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.4%

Japanese

8.6%

Chinese

5.7%

Mandarin

5.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

Dakota

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

French

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Maltese

2.9%

Norwegian

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Senior Human Resources Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.9%

Michigan State University

9.1%

Webster University

6.3%

Cornell University

6.3%

Villanova University

5.7%

Texas State University

5.1%

Chapman University

5.1%

Capella University

5.1%

National University

4.5%

West Virginia University

4.5%

DePaul University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Marymount University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Howard University

3.4%

California State University - East Bay

2.8%

University of North Texas

2.8%
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Majors

Human Resources Management

30.5%

Business

29.1%

Psychology

8.2%

Management

5.4%

Counseling Psychology

3.7%

Marketing

3.0%

Law

2.3%

Political Science

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

English

1.8%

Communication

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Public Administration

1.3%

Sociology

1.3%

Computer Science

1.1%

Elementary Education

1.1%

School Counseling

1.0%

Criminal Justice

1.0%

Public Relations

1.0%

Community Organization And Advocacy

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

41.4%

Bachelors

40.1%

Other

10.3%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

3.0%

Associate

1.4%

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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Top Skills for A Senior Human Resources Consultant

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Top Senior Human Resources Consultant Skills

  1. Performance Management
  2. Procedures
  3. Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead role for Performance Management.
  • Ensured compliance with HR policies and procedures, to include union contract interpretation and adherence.
  • Configured Payroll Area, Payroll control record, pay roll periods, and Retroactive accounting for payroll area i.e.
  • Provided advice on expatriate issues and benefits including compensation, policy Development.
  • Worked closely with the Chief of Military Personnel Division and the Director of Human Resources.

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