Junior Management Consultant

Maximum Funding: £9,000

Duration: 24 Months

Management consultants provide business advice to public, private and not-for-profit organisations. This usually involves helping them solve a challenge of some kind, such as how to grow their business, how to make it more efficient or how to organise and structure itself in a different way. Some specialist consultancies have a particular focus – for example, how to write proposals for new work, or how to change an organisation or how to develop their workforce. Others are more generalist and you could work across several different types of project. Working on client site away from your office is a possibility, while hours are varied and often depend on the project.

Tasks can be varied. You might be involved in conducting research, analysing and interpreting data or be responsible for organising the logistics of the project. As you develop and progress, you might be involved in contributing to report writing which uses statistical evidence to support recommendations and conclusions, or support the creation of slide decks to deliver key messages to clients. You might also become more focused on a particular type of service offering (financial, strategic, operational, etc.) or industry (financial services, public sector, telecommunications etc.).

Requirements

A competent Junior Management Consultant, on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard, will meet the following requirements:

 

Knowledge

Business environment

Know the different industry sectors, the types of organisations within these sectors, and how a management consultancy can support their needs

 

Management consultancy business

Know how a consultancy typically works, how it manages relationships with its clients, and understand the ethical considerations it operates under

 

Business finances

Know key financial ratios and performance indicators (such as balance sheets and cash flow forecasts) that are necessary to effectively assess an organisation’s financial health

 

Project management

Know how a project moves through its lifecycle of planning, design, development, testing, deployment and evaluation. Know what risks and issues are and how to report and monitor them to project and client teams

 

Skills

Communication skills

Speak and write clearly, influence others, actively listen, question effectively and structure conversations. Support or run meetings and clearly present a point of view to audiences. Communicate appropriately through a variety of channels and platforms

 

Team working skills

Work effectively within a group environment made up of different personality types. Be aware of one’s own and other people’s emotions and use this understanding to guide decisions

 

Business analysis

Use a range of tools and methodologies to help analyse an organisation (such as SWOT analysis). Undertake qualitative and quantitative research

 

Relationship building

Build rapport and trust, maintain relationships once they are built and be able to repair them when they are damaged

 

Personal management

Manage time effectively and prioritise workloads. Take time to reflect on project successes and learn from failure. Maintain good health and energy through a work / life balance

 

Project management

 Plan, organise and manage resources in order to achieve set goals. Help create objectives at the start of a project, support the development and implementation of project plans and help monitor progress. Proactively identify risks and issues and help create action plans to address these.

 

IT technical capabilities

Be able to assist in the creation of reports, word processed documents, spreadsheets, slide decks for presentation and software for project management. These are the most prominent, though there are others depending on the consultancy

 

Report writing

Help produce reports that clearly present recommendations for change using a range of qualitative information and numerical data

 

Behaviours

Professionalism

Reflect the expected behaviours of the organisation, project and client teams. Be tactful and discreet with sensitive information and protect confidentiality

 

Self-development

Frequently seek and act upon feedback, reflect on performance and have a desire for learning

 

Adaptability

Be flexible to the needs of the project (working times and locations). Be open minded and able to work with a range of different people

 

Adherence to legal and ethical frameworks

Work within legal and ethical frameworks to protect all stakeholders, including the client, from reputational damage