Previous Searches
Looking to recruit?

Investigo Blog

Key Skills Required to Become a Successful Interim Manager

ManagerRecruitmentInterim Manager

The UK operates one of the most sophisticated Interim Management services in the world, with executives and managers covering a wide variety of roles at different levels of expertise and within various technical areas.


Interim Management as a business concept is a fantastic way of injecting much-needed flexibility and niche skills and experience into large organizations. Interim Manager’s are highly skilled professionals with senior level management experience combined with a strong track record of delivering results in a corporate career. They are hired on a short term project basis to solve complex problems by supplying knowledge and focus not currently existing in the client company or to provide strategic consultancy. Their objective is to deliver results quickly and effectively, before moving on to the next assignment.


Although many industries insist on a long track record of work within their sector typically 5-10 years minimum experience, we as a provider are starting to see more and more crossover as clients see the benefits of gaining cross sector input of new ideas and strategies, this is particularly the case in Digital and Multimedia programmes where Telco banking and retail business pursue the same focus and end goals of customer attraction and retention, and new product launches.


Having recruited for 25 years in a number of sectors and in the interim financial services market for the last 10 I have grown to recognise several key characteristics that make a successful interim manager:

  • Striving for continuous improvement – Clients expect an Interim Manager to add value to their company and they should therefore be up to date with new trends and methods. They should come into a company and question their current ways or working and motivate the employees to change
  • Effective Communication Skills – Interim Managers need to be able to quickly integrate themselves into the organisation and effectively communicate their ideas and engage with a variety of audiences, including management
  • Adaptability – Interim Managers need to be comfortable with being uncertain what is coming next. They should be adaptable to working in different environments, including boardroom situations
  • Flexibility – Interim Managers should expect to have to travel for assignments and also change their rates to fit with market trends
  • Results focused – Interim Managers are hired on the understanding that they will produce lasting benefits for the organisation. They need to be highly focused and purely commit to achieving the goals and objectives they are expected to achieve and not get distracted by getting involved in other areas of the business beyond their assignment.

In summary the role of an interim manager is to provide the high level, specialist skills, that are often lacking in the client company and to share the insight and Knowledge that they have that they have developed over a career with a strong record of quantifiable achievements.

Posted by
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook