Interim Management is a special service within MKG & Partners
that focuses on the search for and provision of senior executives
for as long as they are needed, to help clients respond quickly
and effectively to change, opportunity and uncertainty. Clients
gain access to top level executives on an 'as needed' basis; individuals
who often are not available on a permanent basis. These are individuals
who "make things happen"; they are not advisers; they go in, do
the job and go away again. For example, during start-up or growth
phases, we can provide executives to assist with new ventures, product/service
development, rapid expansion and acquisitions. By their very nature,
these individuals bring a fresh perspective and sense of objectivity,
to the company.
Interim Management assignments follow essentially the same process
as standard searches do.
Firstly, the client decides whether an interim executive is needed.
This means striking a balance between need, benefit and cost. We
are always available to discuss and guide our clients through this
Once the need is identified, we interview our clients to discuss
the real issues and tasks facing the interim executive and define
the profile of the ideal individual for the position. We use this
discussion to come up with a target list of candidates and from
this a short list is prepared.
A consultant interviews and assesses each interim executive candidate
and, before being put forward, each is referenced. The client is
then given a choice of candidates, who are all sensibly over-qualified,
so that an interim can be selected who not only meets the brief,
but who will work well within their corporate culture.
Both client and candidate are contacted during the first week of
the placement and monthly afterwards to ensure that things are going
In order to ensure the success of such a project:
- We are client-focused not candidate driven
- We cover every business sector and operate internationally
- We use full search techniques - not just in our database of
potential or known interims, but by having access to executives
who are leaving or have recently left a permanent role and could
be attracted by interim roles.
- We have a vast pool of candidates available to us, all of whom
have a substantial track record in the area in which they are
The typical Interim Management interim executive
Interim Management Executives are all senior level managers, who
have proved themselves to be successful at senior levels. They are
selected, not only on the basis of technical skills and experience,
but on their leadership skills.
The Typical Interim Executive is usually :
- 35 to 60 years of age
- Hands- on
- High Energy
- Good Communication and Listening Skills
- Culturally flexible
Interim executives are of two types: permanent and temporary.
- Permanent interims are attracted by the challenge, excitement
- Temporary interims are filling time between permanent assignments
[and often remain interim managers by choice]