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Consultant

Description

Works with client organizations to enhance supply chain and logistics performance through strategic planning, process re-engineering, and/or information technology implementation. Develops and manages a wide range of projects which include but are not limited to: global supply chain optimization, software selection and development, strategic sourcing, and logistics network design. Helps clients develop the tools, processes and knowledge base needed to create customer value, build competitive advantage, and boost profitability on a global basis.

Related Positions

Analyst, Project Manager, Logistics Engineer, Industrial Engineer

Key Duties

  • Identifies clients’ problems, opportunities, and risks
  • Gathers and analyzes relevant data
  • Conducts client interviews and facility visits
  • Develops and evaluates alternative strategies
  • Develops reports and presents findings to clients
  • Works with clients to implement solutions

Required Skills

Critical reasoning skills; ability to work well in team settings; attention to detail; project management skills; exceptional communication skills including solid writing and presentation abilities; ability to “think outside the box”; comfortable with deadlines; ability to manage people of varied skill, position and educational levels as well as backgrounds; financial and statistical analysis proficiency; inquisitive; persuasive; well organized; flexible; strong interpersonal skills.

Career Path

Individuals typically join consulting firms via one of two paths. Recent university graduates begin as analysts (Bachelor’s degree) or as associate consultants (Master’s degree). Individuals with previous supply chain management experience are sought for consultant positions. Success as a consultant leads to the following types of positions: senior consultant, project manager, principal, and partner/vice president.

In their own words…

“I have developed excellent project management skills throughout my consulting career. I have learned how to systematically approach problems, analyze alternatives, and develop appropriate solutions within the time, financial, and resource constraints of a project.”

“Consulting is a demanding profession. You will travel extensively, work under deadlines, and deal with new challenges in each project. However, it is very satisfying when you recommendations are implemented and the client’s logistics system works more effectively than it ever did before. You also get paid very well for your services.

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