The role of the Interim is still in demand
I know the term ‘Interim’ still has a number of variations in meaning depending who you talk to, but the original reference being that of an adaptable short-term Senior Manager, still holds true for many organisations today. Yes, some recruiters have used the term interim to refer to temporary posts, which in my view is an ill informed reference to the skill that seasoned senior managers have selected as a career choice.
The Interim Manager is a highly experienced, highly versatile individual with the ability to easily slot into an organisation at senior level on assignment with a particular brief in mind, and for a specific period of time. Usually brought into an organisation to add valuable experience, take control, or support a team in a business, devision or department, the interim thrives on pressure and change.
In a time when costs are being cut and savings are being sought, the Interim Manager pays dividend many times over, even when it appears they are expensive to hire. The analysis clearly shows that the concept of hiring an Interim Manager is a shrewd business decision with a definite payback often coming much quicker than anticipated.
The other major benefit of using an Interim Manager is to provide support to the function of the Managing Director or CEO. Often MD’s and CEO’s are so busy they simply don’t have the time to effectively trouble shoot parts of the business, but rather have to lean on the sometimes bias view of managers instead.
The experienced Interim, objective by nature, can provide quick and clear solutions in this environment in a way that compliments the business, rather than causing friction or division.
Yes, the role of the Interim is still in demand today.