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Make a career of Interim roles

Making a successful career as an interim manager can provide a well-paid, varied and more flexible way of working.

Kirsty Holt has been an interim manager since leaving Barclays Bank 16 years ago. She works mostly in financial services overseeing change management programmes, ranging from two weeks to a year or more. Her roles are HR-focused. She says you must be able to quickly integrate well within an organisation. “Don’t make enemies,” she says. “One of the good things about being an interim is that you don’t get involved in office politics. You can say it how it is.” But this involves tact and diplomacy.

Being a self-starter helps, as does having the discipline to work extremely hard. “Clients are paying you quite a lot and expect you to deliver.” Her advice is to invest time upfront when taking on a project. The first thing to do is to agree with your client what your objectives are, what you need to deliver and any other expectations.

The second is to become familiar with the organisation and the people you will be working with quickly. Paul Kincell has worked as an interim manager for 20 years in sales, marketing and business development, and he relies on professional recruitment firms for work. He approaches each contract in “giant sponge mode”. Within the first week of starting a contract, he will talk to everyone he will be working with to introduce himself and to gain an understanding of what is needed. “It’s part of my process and gives me clarity.”

Taking the time to build a strong relationship with an interim management recruitment firm pays off, because they develop understanding and will be more likely to send you into the right role.

Adapted from an article in the Financial Times.

Friday Dec 7, 2018