You might hire a consultant to:

  • Access a highly specialized expert with a skill set that does not exist within your organization
  • Lend an outsider’s perspective on complex internal issues

  • Act as a temporary employee on specific projects or during periods of peak demand

  • Identify and address latent problems

  • Devise and implement new organizational procedures

  • Train employees or management on new procedures and approaches

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Proven experience consulting in similar organizational settings
Experience in a previous consulting role
Ability to manage complex projects and keep them on track and on budget
Professional experience or knowledge of the industry that they are consulting for
Excellent leadership, collaboration, and communication skills
Knowledge of relevant analytic, measurement, or reporting systems
A strategic mindset with the ability to analyze complex problems