New consultants join ABC with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. Through initial training on the job enriched by formal training classes, a common baseline is established and with learning, mentoring, experience, and guidance, consultants of all backgrounds quickly have opportunities to face new challenges and roles. There are no tenure-based requirements for advancement – the pace at which you advance is limited only by your demonstrated ability.
Different levels at ABC are:
New colleagues usually start as Consultants, if they have to catch up with one of the requirements for the Senior Consultant level (in the field of work experience, English, computer programs, typing, etc.). Consultants are involved in field research and desk research. In addition, they are requested to perform various support functions for the project team.
This is usually the highest entrance level for new colleagues joining ABC. Senior Consultants are expected to have good oral and written command of English, experience in working with Word and Excel and previous work experience in a relevant field. Senior Consultants take an active role in all aspects of a project – planning and conducting high-level field research and interviews, performing desk research and structuring work. As they gain skills and confidence, they are asked to manage bigger pieces of the project and to get first experience in analytical work. Early on, most Senior Consultants work in a broad range of industries and issues. As they progress, some develop in-depth knowledge in a specific industry.
Senior Consultants who are elected Managers play an expanded leadership role in project teams. They have a minimum of one year of work experience as a Senior Consultant. They act as a project manager, assuming primary responsibility for structuring the project, assigning work, coaching team members, and managing day-to-day interaction with clients. They have fluent oral and written command of English and have in–depth experience in working with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. They have the ability to perform analytical work and to synthesize conclusions into recommendations. Managers are expected to perform on a regular basis marketing tasks and to expand their ability to build and maintain client relationships.
Managers who are elected Directors have demonstrated superior ability to lead and inspire consulting teams, manage every phase of an engagement, coach and mentor colleagues, contribute to knowledge, and provide senior counsel to our clients. They are able to plan and execute projects from A to Z, including preparation and negotiation of offers. They are able to represent ABC towards existing clients and to build relationships with new clients in- and outside of Iran. Directors build relationships with clients, and pursue a balance of depth and breadth in their professional interests. They have a minimum of two years of work experience as Manager. They are expected to speak at conferences and to publish in local and international publications. Directors assume an added responsibility for the overall management of ABC.