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Job Description of a Performance Consultant

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A performance consultant helps a company improve the productivity and efficiency of personnel. The consultant also engages in periodic training sessions and ensures that corporate policies conform to regulatory guidelines.


A performance consultant designs and establishes corporate goal-setting strategies, creates and coordinates appropriate training sessions, and partners with the human resources (HR) department to improve existing HR policies. The consultant also discusses strategy with senior management, makes recommendations and provides expert guidance on industry practices.

Skill Set and Tools

It is helpful to possess effective communication skills and time management aptitude in a performance consultant role, according to O*NET OnLine. Having good coordination and deductive reasoning is also helpful. To complete the required tasks proficiently, a performance consultant often uses enterprise resource planning software, such as IBM Cognos ReportNet.

Degree Requirements and Salary

To fill a performance consultant vacancy, employers generally prefer applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources management or a related field. According to the job resources website Indeed, the average annual salary of a performance consultant was $87,000 as of 2010.


Marquis Codjia is a New York-based freelance writer, investor and banker. He has authored articles since 2000, covering topics such as politics, technology and business. A certified public accountant and certified financial manager, Codjia received a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University, majoring in investment analysis and financial management.