Why use an Interim Manager?
Skills and expertise for immediate impact on your business, only when you need them.
Value for money
A flexible resource that provides targeted support. Interim Managers are cost effective because they are a short-term cost, not a fixed overhead and give you choice, in terms of availability, working hours, work location and position.
Seasoned senior managers with in-depth expertise and well-honed skills. Interim Managers will often be seen to be ‘over qualified’, because they have years of specialist knowledge and capabilities in their field, ensuring more effective delivery.
Our Interim Managers will make an immediate impact, yielding swift results. Why? Because a professional interim doesn’t wait for the ‘honeymoon period’ to be over. They are focused on the assignment’s goals, delivering specific results to deadline.
Interim Managers will tell you what you need to hear
– not what you want to hear. They are independent and so have a unique opportunity to give you unbiased advice because they have no axe to grind. A talented Interim Manager will not only deliver results but can also boost morale and team performance.
Interim managers support our clients in four main ways:
Every organisation faces challenges. Those organisations that survive and thrive are the ones that recognise when a challenge is becoming a crisis that is beyond the experience or capability of their management team. Whether it is a failing service or business, a good leader knows when they need to bring in additional expertise to weather the storm. A professional Interim Manager can address a failing contract, poor commercial relationships with suppliers, or a raft of employee relations issues that are damaging your employer brand. Whatever the crisis, our expert Interim Managers can help you navigate it.
An inevitable part of business is the loss of an executive, which is often at an inconvenient time. Whether the absence is sudden, such as resignation, termination or ill health, or foreseen, such as maternity or paternity leave or a sabbatical, organisations often struggle to find the specialist skills needed to bridge the gap. Rather than rush a permanent appointment, utilise our Interim Managers. They provide a safe pair of hands whilst a permanent replacement is appointed, or for the time that an executive is out of your organisation.
Planning for change
Many organisations outsource their change programmes and project management to interim managers or management consultancies. In our view effective and sustainable change is created by a project team comprising an organisations’ own people working alongside our management consultants. This requires significant investment in time from employees seconded to the programme, and splitting time between business as usual activity and a change programme will guarantee neither is done well. We can supply an Interim Manager to backfill the business as usual activity, allowing your executive to focus on achieving a transformational change programme.
Ensuring value for money is a critical part of the governance of any project. It is a familiar story that projects run over time and over budget. This often happens as organisations continue to use the same team of expensive internal and/or external consultants to embed the project recommendations and try to realise the expected returns. Often the skills needed to implement a project over many months are different than those needed to analyse the problem and conceive a solution. In this situation an experienced Interim Manager can be a valuable addition to a project team. Many of our Interim Managers are subject matter experts on particular types of change activity, sectors or systems. By using one of them to implement the recommendations of a project team clients can save time and money and improve the quality of the project outcome.
How we work
We regularly keep in touch with all our Interim Managers to confirm their availability, and any expertise gained through a new assignment. This allows us to work quickly to find a suitable, experienced manager, and confirm her or his availability. This speed of response is critical for the many interim assignments that are highly time sensitive.
We invest time in getting to understand our clients as well as our Interim Managers. Our business succeeds through the long-standing relationships and detailed insights we have of the people we work with. Our main aim is to continue to build strong relationships that will last.
We appraise each interim assignment before, during and after completion. We do this to ensure that we match the best Interim Manager to each assignment, that we understand the changing needs of the client and that we find out what went well and what could have been done better. By regularly reviewing an assignment we can ensure that the skills of our Interim Managers continue to add value. This regular contact allows us to intervene at an early stage if necessary.