Who are they and what do they do? The management consultant is a professional who assists companies with administrative and other changes relating to personnel or connected aspects of the company's business and development.
What are the activities of the job? Management consultants are involved in business sectors of all sizes, fostering the development of low cost business practices and personnel management. The role of management consultant, therefore, occupies a central position among business, public institutions and workers. His/her professional domain is general management but the job requires specialisation at least in one specific area such as accounting, financial, legal, insurance and social security, work relations, selection, recruitment and training of staff, and the settlement of work related disputes. He/she may also have responsibilities in matters of business accounting and provide help with fiscal and taxation issues. Management consultants can be self employed or employed by another company specialising in consultancy work, and frequently such companies are large accountancy firms.
Where is it done and under what conditions? In the offices and other rooms of the companies that hire the consultant. The working environment should be without problems.
What tools/equipment do they use? In the course of his/her work, the consultant uses information and communications technology and specialised applications packages designed for personnel administration.
What do you need to succeed? A university or equivalent standard of education is required. It must be emphasised that in practising the profession, gaining experience and learning on the job contribute considerably. The management consultant must have professional knowledge of issues he/she is focused on and a general knowledge of legal administration and accountancy, particularly pertaining to employment related themes, the ability to interpret and apply regulations governing pay, tax, social security and welfare, and a strong aptitude for problem solving. It is also important to have good interpersonal and analytical skills.