What are Interim Managers ?Dawn Hemmings
Since coming out of the lockdown many more companies are turning to use Interim Managers. So, what are Interim Managers and what do they do?
This the provision of effective business solutions by an independent manager, over a finite time span. Such complex solutions may include change, transformation and turnaround management, business improvement, crisis management, and strategy development. Interim managers are often experienced in multiple sectors and disciplines.
Interim Health and Safety Manager
They bring well-qualified skills and expertise to bear at short notice, without the overheads and shackles associated with employment. They consult, plan, advise, implement, and embed the lessons, then exit, handling a range of key strategic and tactical interventions. As businesses, they offer independent expertise, free of company politics, and take responsibility for delivering results, not just offering advice
When would you need an Interim Manager?
Interim management assignments often address needs in the ‘change’ arena. Given their hugely flexible skills, interim managers will also carry out project management and ‘gap’ or ‘resource shortage’ assignments, but it is the interim manager’s independence and authority, along with the responsibility and scope requirements of the particular assignment that define an ‘interim management assignment’, as opposed to a contractor’s contract, or an agency worker’s temporary work.
If you are going through a significant change you will need the help of someone who has been through it before. Hiring an Interim Manager ensures you get someone who can hit the ground running.
- Specialist skill requirement
An interim manager can provide specialist skills not normally present in your organisation, for the period that you need them. As interim managers are not motivated to cling on to a job, when the time is right and by mutual agreement, they can transfer key learning to others and move on, leaving a positive legacy behind them.
- A deluxe gap filler
Interim managers can fill gaps caused by executive/senior manager absences and departures. If used wisely, they can add significant value, offering health-check and other value-added services while delivering business as usual with a ‘very safe pair of hands.’
- Expert additional resource
To support a specific project or high risk, time-sensitive activity, interim managers are the ideal solution, bringing their expertise and extensive experience to bear on the behalf of the business concerned.
- Consultancy with implementation
Interim managers often operate very effectively as management consultants. Not only can they assess business needs, give advice, and formulate proposals, because of their experience and proven ability, they will be equipped to implement their recommendations and be held accountable for the results.
Professional interim managers are a pool of available expertise, fit for purpose, and effective across a range of sectors, disciplines, functions, and roles.
They are not simply available because they are between permanent jobs; they are committed, qualified, mobile, freelance executives, practiced in delivering value.
Interim managers have the expertise to address ‘Business as Unusual’.
Benefits of an Interim Health and Safety Manager
Here are just some of the benefits of hiring an Interim Health and Safety Manager
- Continuation of health and safety management
- Specialist in our field
- We thrive on variety
- We can fill a gap as a skillset shortage
- A cost-effective way to hire an expert to deliver change
- Immediate access to specialist expertise
- Rapid Start
- No political agenda
- Fresh Eyes
- Delivery at speed
- We will leave a legacy
- Can help you with the recruitment
- We cover the gap so you are not doing two jobs
How to engage with an Interim Manager?
- First Engagement – the client and the Interim Manager should have an initial meeting to explore the requirement sufficiently for the client to be able to decide whether to engage the Interim Manager. Typically, the discussion is over one or more initial meeting.
- A clear brief – The client should be sure to know why they are hiring and know what their brief is for what they are looking for. Inside the brief make sure there are clear objectives and deliverables. When engaging with an Interim Manager know the answers to these questions – Who is the person you are trying to hire? What characteristics, skills, and experience do you need in the role? What kind of cultural fit do you need?
- Proposal – the Interim Manager will using their expertise and experience, present a more detailed proposal based on the information the Client has presented.
- Assignment – if the client accepts the proposal the Interim Manager can start at the client’s convenience. The client, therefore, needs to be able to get the Interim Manager set up on their system quickly.