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How to Use a Packaging Consultant
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- Determine the nature and scope of the assignment and what the
consultant is expected to achieve.
- Search for the Packaging Consultants with the specific expertise you
- Conduct a preliminary assessment of the most promising candidates.
- If you have questions about a candidate's professional background,
call and ask questions. Professional packaging consultants are happy and
proud to discuss their professional experience, offer references, and
supply any information needed to help you make your decision.
- Contact and interview - By phone or in person - the most promising
candidates. Find out if the candidate is an active, professional
consultant, or a moonlighter or unemployed packaging professional doing
a little consulting between jobs. Make sure that the consultant is, in
fact, an objective, independent consultant and not a vendor or
manufacturer's representative who calls himself a consultant. Be sure to
ask any questions that might have a bearing on the consultant's
qualifications for the job. What types of projects has the firm worked
on in the past? How long has the firm been in operation? How big is the
firm? What size company does the firm most frequently work with? How are
fees typically determined? How many of the consultant's accounts are
- Once you've finished the interviewing process, request project
proposal(s) from the consultants whom you are seriously considering
hiring. Make sure the final proposal(s) contain well-defined "Scope
of Work," "Services to be Provided," and "Description
of Fees/Fee Schedule" sections. You should resist the temptation to
base your decision on price alone rather than value.
- After you've fine-tuned details and reached an agreement on the
consultant's proposal (particularly the "Scope of Work"
section), sign a contract and/or issue an appropriate purchase order.
- Introduce the consultant to your staff and anyone else who might be
involved with or might feel threatened by the consultant's work for your
organization. With the consultant by your side, explain in detail why
the consultant has been hired, discuss the scope of the project, and
give anyone who might become involved an opportunity to ask questions.
- Provide input and on-going interest to the consultant at the
beginning of and throughout the project.
- Be sure the consultant is working for an executive within your
company with sufficient authority to ensure the full cooperation of
everyone involved with the project.