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NOC Code: NOC Code: 1122 Occupation: Professional occupations in business management consulting
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This unit group includes those who provide services to management such as analyzing the structure, operations, managerial methods or functions of an organization in order to propose, plan and implement improvements. They are employed by management consulting firms and throughout the public and private sectors or are self-employed. This unit group includes those who provide services to management such as analyzing the structure, operations, managerial methods or functions of an organization in order to propose, plan and implement improvements. They are employed by management consulting firms and throughout the public and private sectors or are self-employed.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3 4
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3 4
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3 4
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3 4 5
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3 4
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3 4

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  • Read handwritten notes from co-workers and colleagues, and short comments on forms such as fax cover sheets and invoices. (1)
  • Read warnings, directions for use and other text on product labels. For example, a business management consultant may read the warnings on labels to determine whether products will cause allergic reactions. (1)
  • Read email on a variety of topics from management, clients and project team members. For example, a business management consultant may read email from a client scheduling or confirming meeting arrangements, responding to questions or enquiring about the status or content of projects. (2)
  • Read comments and other text on forms. For example, read participants' comments on seminar and workshop evaluation forms and team members' comments on project specification forms. (2)
  • Read business and trade publications such as Harvard Business Review, Les Affaires, How and Print. Read these publications to stay abreast of business events, industry trends and government policy and program priorities. Read trade publications to learn about new managerial and promotional methods, processes and strategies. (3)
  • Read instruction manuals, "help" items and "frequently asked question" entries when operating computers and peripheral equipment. For example, read project management software manuals and help items to review the steps needed to organize human resource, communication, marketing and financial data. (3)
  • Read "requests for proposals" for projects which involve helping clients plan, organize, manage, assess and improve their human resources, operations, communications and marketing. Read proposal requests to learn about the tasks, evaluation criteria, mandatory requirements and selection processes and to determine whether you have the necessary skills and resources to undertake the projects. (4)
  • Read business, marketing, communication and promotional strategies; annual and benchmark survey reports; quality, performance and environmental management standards; organizational objectives, policies and procedures; and other business, policy and regulatory documents. Read these documents to determine whether existing and proposed operations and methods conform to organizational objectives and industry standards. (4)
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  • Write short comments on project tracking and specification forms. (1)
  • Write email to project team members, subcontractors and clients to remind them of delivery dates, provide direction, ask for information and respond to enquiries. (1)
  • Write short papers for co-workers and colleagues upon returning from training courses and conferences. Summarize course and conference contents, and identify topics which are relevant to clients' organizations and current projects. (2)
  • Write minutes of project team, individual interview and focus group meetings. Summarize discussions, record decisions made and note items that require follow-up to ensure parties share a common understanding of what was said. (2)
  • Prepare standards, regulatory codes, procedures and guidelines to assist client organizations with operations control and quality, performance and environmental management. Establish the rules clients' employees have to follow and steps to take to accomplish job tasks. Be explicit and precise to reduce ambiguity and the possibility of misinterpretation. (3)
  • Write project reports at various stages of the consulting mandates. In these reports, describe project backgrounds, objectives and methodologies, discuss findings and offer conclusions and recommendations. You write primarily for client organizations, but you may also edit and rewrite reports that can be easily understood by managers. For example, a management consultant may report on the effectiveness and efficiency of a company's managerial methods, policies, processes, procedures, work flows, systems and programs, and propose improvements. (4)
  • Write lengthy proposals for projects. Address clients' key needs and convey complex concepts in an effective manner. Gather and select technical descriptions from multiple sources and rewrite them for non-technical audiences. For example, a management consultant may write a bid to help an international corporation define its positioning and growth strategy, analyze its competition and manage organizational change. (4)
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Document Use
  • Scan labels for a variety of data. For example, scan labels on file folders to locate project names, dates and job numbers. (1)
  • Locate data in a variety of lists and tables. For example, read lists of documents which must accompany proposals for consulting projects. Scan schedules and resource allocation matrices to locate phases, activities, resources, milestones and deadlines of consulting projects. (2)
  • Locate data in a variety of forms. For example, review participants' feedback forms at the end of focus groups, conferences and other sessions which you facilitate. Search different sections of the forms to locate satisfaction ratings and other data. (3)
  • Complete forms to record project data. For example, consultants may collect and enter details such as subcontractors' phone and fax numbers, briefing dates and job docket numbers on project specification forms. (3)
  • Study schematic drawings to understand the structures, systems and processes used by client organizations. For example, a management consultant may review a flow chart that depicts hierarchical chains of command. (3)
  • Retrieve data from a number of graphs contained in textbooks, trade publications and consulting, business, survey, annual and other reports. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use the Internet. For example, perform keyword searches to get information about clients, competitors, business associations and potential subcontractors from websites. (2)
  • Use communication software. For example, create and maintain distribution lists, receive and send email and attachments to clients, colleagues and project team. (2)
  • Use graphics software. For example, create slide shows using presentation software such as PowerPoint. In order to develop effective presentations for management and clients and to illustrate project progress, import graphs, logos and other scanned images, flowcharts, business process layouts, word processing files and spreadsheet files. (3)
  • Use spreadsheets. For example, use programs such as Excel to create scheduling and budgeting spreadsheets, and monitor progress of project activities and tasks. Use spreadsheets to analyze human resource, production, communication and market research data, perform calculations and generate graphs. (3)
  • Use other computer and software applications. For example, use project management software such as Project to schedule activities and organize information related to labour, materials and equipment costs. (3)
  • Use databases. For example, use programs such as Access to create and modify project tracking databases, and store and retrieve data on clients, sales and reports. (3)
  • Use word processing. For example, create lengthy proposals and project reports using programs such as Word. Supplement text with imported graphs, illustrations and spreadsheet. Use formatting features such as page numbering, heading levels, indices, footnotes and columns. (3)
  • Use statistical analysis software. For example, use software like SAS or SPSS to analyze performance, productivity, inventory, supply, cost and quality data, identify patterns in data, plot functions and calculate summary measures such as means, medians, standard deviations and confidence intervals. (4)
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Oral Communication
  • Talk to suppliers about technical specifications, price quotes, service options and delivery times for materials, equipment and supplies. (1)
  • Discuss organizational needs, project proposals, priorities, schedules and progress with project managers and clients, and obtain guidance, recommendations and approvals. Negotiate project deadlines and budgets, assess satisfaction with services provided and identify opportunities for other consulting work. (2)
  • Interact with junior consultants and subcontractors to provide directions, coordinate project tasks and help resolve difficulties in obtaining data and satisfying client demands. Assign new tasks, review completed ones and enquire about the status of ongoing work. (2)
  • Attend meetings with co-workers and project team members to share information about clients, projects, competitors and consulting resources, celebrate successes and discuss a range of business topics. At these meetings, you may present methodologies you have designed, standards, control tools and procedures developed and reports written. (3)
  • Conduct interview and focus group sessions with a variety of individuals and groups. For example, management consultants may conduct interviews and focus groups to collect customers' views on the quality, timeliness and relevance of services and products and to elicit suggestions for improvements. (4)
  • Teach co-workers and employees from client organizations about new managerial and promotional methods, policies, procedures, systems and programs. Teach the rules to follow and steps to take when carrying out tasks. Present case scenarios, explain applicable methods and procedures, demonstrate tasks, facilitate discussions and question trainees to ascertain their understanding of policies, systems and programs. Gain the trainees' trust and encourage their active involvement in the learning process. (4)
  • Present project results and recommendations to clients. For example, outline proposed positioning, growth, communication, promotional and operational strategies, and explain the findings of quality audits. Because organizational and behavioural concepts may be unfamiliar to many people, professionals in business management consulting must often increase the knowledge base of clients. (4)
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Money Math
  • Calculate travel claim amounts. Calculate reimbursements for use of personal vehicles at per kilometre rates and add amounts for accommodation, meals and other expenses. (2)
  • Calculate purchase order and invoice amounts. Calculate line amounts, taxes and totals on purchase orders for office equipment and supplies. When preparing invoices, multiply numbers of days worked by daily rates, add costs of printing, courier services, proofreading and other subcontracted work, calculate applicable taxes and total amounts. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Determine the lowest price among competing tenders for goods and services. For example, a senior management consultant may determine the lowest price among competing contractors of survey designs, implementations and analysis work. The consultant may have to perform comparative analyses of data submitted by a large number of companies and self-employed consultants. (3)
  • Prepare and monitor schedules and budgets for large, multi-phased corporate reorganization projects. Ensure that expenditures remain within budgeted amounts and activities are progressing on schedule. Adjust schedules and change budget line items if there are unexpected events and unforeseen problems. (4)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the duration of tasks using timers and stopwatches. For example, a work study analyst may time tasks performed by kitchen staff in a fast food chain. (1)
  • Calculate room sizes when assisting clients with accommodation reviews. Measure scale distances on floor plans, convert them to actual distances and calculate areas and perimeters of offices and meeting rooms. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate numbers of interviews and focus groups required to adequately represent the distributions of target groups by organizational size, industry or geography. For example, a management consultant may determine the number of interviews and focus groups needed to collect the perceptions of corporate users on the quality of services received from a large financial institution. (3)
  • Compare organizational performance to industry competitors using data from annual reports and other sources. For example, a management consultant may compare performance data to published benchmarks and generate descriptive statistics such as percentage distributions, averages and standard deviations to describe organizational health. (4)
  • Calculate optimum inventory levels to allow efficient utilization of materials and resources in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade establishments. For example, an operations management consultant may calculate the minimum amount of stock required in each store of a retail chain to ensure adequate consumer service while minimizing costs. The consultant may have to use advanced mathematical models and algorithms for this analysis. (5)
  • Identify optimal measurement strategies, potential sources of bias and methodological techniques to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of operational and promotional programs. Collect and analyze data on variables such as cost, duration, resource use and numbers of customers served or reached. Perform statistical significance tests on analysis results. For example, design and implement time and work study experiments to help clients obtain International Organization for Standards certification, improve their operations and reduce costs. (5)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate times and intervals using past experience as a guide. For example, estimate the number of hours which should be assigned to various project tasks and time intervals needed to obtain contract approval and feedback on project deliverables. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Professionals in business management consulting work in dynamic environments with many conflicting demands on their time. Their work is team oriented so they must integrate their own tasks and work schedules with those of many consultants, subcontractors and clients to address project objectives. Their ability to work on several projects at the same time and manage priorities is critical to their jobs. Delays in getting contracts signed or receiving essential project information, pressures from project managers and clients, equipment breakdowns and other emergencies force them to frequently reorganize job tasks. Professionals in business management consulting play a central role in organizing, planning, scheduling and monitoring the activities of project teams and contribute to the long-term and strategic planning of public and private sector organizations. They may be responsible for assigning tasks to junior consultants, subcontractors and clerical staff. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Choose graph types to illustrate findings from project data analyses. Consider the strengths and limitations of each graph type for displaying particular types of data, messages to emphasize and level of technical expertise of the audience. (2)
  • Select tasks to assign to junior consultants and subcontractors on your project teams. Consider their individual knowledge, skills, strengths, weaknesses, work experiences, interests and availabilities. (2)
  • Choose methods, times, locations and durations of training employees who will have to implement promotional campaigns and organizational changes. You may have to study the cost and feasibility of several different options for each and consider the need to replace workers during training. Past decisions often provide only limited guidance since training needs are rarely the same. (3)
  • Decide to bid on specific management or promotion consulting projects. Review "requests for proposals", identify project tasks and requirements, and bid only on projects for which you have the necessary skills and resources. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Key members of the project teams cannot attend important upcoming meetings. If you cannot modify meeting arrangements, organize telephone conferences so that all members can participate in discussions. (2)
  • You are unable to complete job tasks because office equipment is not working properly. For example, you cannot deliver a proposal because the office printer is not working. Refer to the user manual to troubleshoot the equipment. (2)
  • Project deadlines will be missed because of delays in obtaining important data. Meet project managers and clients to outline the reasons for delays and negotiate new deadlines. (2)
  • Draft reports do not meet quality standards for content or writing style. Forward detailed comments and suggestions to writers and determine deadlines for submission of second drafts. Then review to verify that all corrections have been made, and depending on their quality, ask for additional changes, accept as they are or reject them. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Find information about past consulting projects by searching reports, files and archives. (2)
  • Find information about potential clients, subcontractors and competitors by searching their websites, visiting their premises and interviewing colleagues who know them. (3)
  • Find information to address client needs and project objectives by conducting extensive literature searches. Analyze, synthesize and integrate information from a wide range of sources, including the Internet, to assess business environments and develop innovative strategies. (4)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the completeness and clarity of standards, regulatory codes, procedures and other documents written to assist client organizations in operations, quality, performance and environmental management. Ensure that crucial information has not been omitted and wording is not open to misinterpretation. (3)
  • Evaluate the performance of junior consultants and subcontractors on the project teams. As part of the assessments, determine the extent to which consultants and subcontractors have achieved their various project tasks and adhered to plans, schedules and timelines. These conclusions may lead to recommendations for new project assignments and further training. (3)
  • Assess the satisfaction of participants with focus group and training sessions conducted. At the end of sessions, facilitate feedback discussions. Also determine assessment criteria and distribute evaluation forms to be completed by participants. (3)
  • Lead teams which evaluate the ability of organizations to fulfil mandates. Determine evaluation variables which may include employees' skills and performance, knowledge transfer, management frameworks, logic models, reporting relationships, work flows and organizational objectives and benchmarks using information from similar organizations. Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data on these variables. Write reports, in which you describe evaluation methodologies, discuss findings, offer conclusions and recommend changes to clients' business methods, policies, processes, procedures, systems and programs. (4)
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