Did you know you can become self-employed without having to start up your own business? This is an option for many professionals who have extensive expertise and experience under their belt and are looking for flexibility in their career with the ability to make an impact and influence the businesses they work with. It can be the perfect lifestyle choice for those professionals looking for more freedom and autonomy over their working schedule.
A different way of working
Unlike in a permanent role, as a professional interim you can often choose hours/days to suit you and as long as the work is delivered to the client's timeframes, requirements and satisfaction the ‘how’ is largely left up to you. This can be a very different experience to permanent employment where the politics of the team, policies and ‘precedents’ only too often get in the way! We recruit for short-term, longer-term, open-ended and part-time professional interim opportunities. Most interim roles have the ‘feel’ of a meeting rather than an interview, a partnership rather than an employment. A great choice for someone who has climbed the career ladder, delivered in a permanent team structure and is seeking a more value add/impactful flexible career choice.
Professional Interim Opportunities
There are many opportunities for high-level professionals to work on short-term or consultancy projects. Here are some of the most frequent reasons for considering high-level interim support, but there are many more:
Business change or transformation projects
Systems implementation or upgrades
Merger and acquisition work
Launch of new services or products
Specific project-based work
Interim ‘business as usual’ roles e.g. maternity or vacancy cover
Another key aim of this type of professional interim placement is to transfer knowledge onto current staff and cover any gaps in the current leadership or management teams. The blueprint of a successful interim is to add value, upskill the permanent team and leave a strong legacy.
The benefit of this type of working is the flexibility and autonomy it provides along with the ability to influence and make real impact without getting involved in the day to day of office politics! Whether your assignment is a short sharp delivery-based project or a longer-term business change role, you can be sure that your involvement will make a difference.
There is a high demand for professional interims willing to join a business at relatively short notice and for a limited period of time. Employers also know the value that these professional interims can add to their organisation and so are happy to pay competitively for the right person. Day rates are typical in these roles.
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Is it right for you?
If you are an experienced professional with strong decision-making skills, general leadership abilities and industry insight, you may well be able to command high rates of pay in the professional interim market and enjoy the flexibility and positioning that a Professional Interim assignment or career will offer.
You will have the option of selecting the right opportunities for you to suit your own preferences and needs. You don’t need to agree to any long-term commitment plans with a single employer and you’re also able to take breaks in-between assignments. That said, many of our experienced, well-networked professional interims find it difficult to take time off due to being so integral to the business they are working with, and often being extended for months on end. Undoubtedly a good thing to be in demand and valuable, but not if you want to take a 3-month break to your house in Spain, or similar! A tough life? Maybe, maybe not.
Where are these opportunities?
Our specialist consultants partner closely with our clients and will often have prior knowledge of pending projects or change which will necessitate interim support. They will be well-placed to discuss with you the benefits and challenges of this kind of work and be able to offer specific opportunities for you to consider.
Our clients understand the importance of finding the right candidates for these crucial types of role, so they choose to work with us when they want to employ a professional interim. Our consultants know their job market inside out, and understand the needs of both their clients and the talented professionals they work with, so are able to match suitable opportunities with the right person.