Consultants are hired to provide their expertise and knowledge to help companies reach their goals and solve problems. They can be employed by traditional and niche consulting firms, corporate and institutional strategy roles, start-ups, or as independent consultants. The duties and responsibilities of consultants vary depending on their experience and the specific needs of the organization. A consultant's role is to offer advice and expertise to client organizations to help them improve their business performance.
This can include operations, strategy, management, IT, finance, marketing, human resources, and supply chain management in a wide range of industries and specialties. They may need to work on-site or meet with representatives of client organizations on a regular basis. Business consultants are responsible for improving company operations by assessing weaknesses and recommending business solutions. They may also be responsible for implementing a technical or functional solution that they or another consultant has recommended in an advisory role.
It is important for both parties to understand their respective roles and responsibilities in consulting. People with little or no experience usually start in the lower ranks of an organization and gradually move to consulting roles.