What does an Interim Manager do?

No matter what kind of assignment an Alium interim manager takes on, from the moment they join your organisation, they will start to deliver results.

Organisations in the private and public sector work with Alium to find interim managers for an incredibly diverse range of assignments, from directing the delivery of tightly defined projects to fulfilling broad leadership roles, such as CEO or functional head.

Each of these assignments requires a different blend of skills and experience. Alium will work with you, using our diagnostic method to identify the kind of expertise you need, so that we can provide the right executives for you to select from.

However, no matter what the assignment is, there are some common characteristics that all our interim managers will bring to the role:

  • An ability to listen and assimilate information from different sources
  • The charisma to gain the respect of their teams and colleagues
  • A willingness to take responsibility and a dedication to identifying the real priorities.

Above all, they are relentlessly focused on the delivery of their objectives.

How our interim managers operate

Independent research* commissioned by Alium has shown that our interim managers characteristically adopt a phased approach to succeeding in their roles, ensuring they learn fast, deliver results and leave a lasting legacy.

Phase One - Assimilation into their role

  • Rapidly establish their credibility
  • Learn the fundamentals of the business
  • Build relationships internally
  • Determine root causes of problems
  • Agree assignment objectives

Phase Two - Delivery

  • Secure early wins
  • Deliver agreed objectives
  • Engage the internal team successfully to action and adopt the necessary changes
  • Ensure key performance indicators are met
  • Manage key stakeholder relationships

Phase Three - Managed exit

  • Embed capability by coaching individuals and teams
  • Ensure robust systems and processes are in place to sustain improvements
  • Gain sign-off to deliverables
  • Manage a seamless handover
  • Leave a clear and valuable legacy

Delivering results

Read our case studies to find out about the kind of projects interim managers from Alium have successfully delivered and the roles they have taken on.

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*Research by Corporate Insights (2006).

Case Studies :

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