Interim manager : a sharp profile

This is a professional who has already held an executive position and who has recognized expertise in his field. His experience and management skills are required to enable the company to overcome a difficult situation or to manage a substantial project by achieving the company’s objectives in the most efficient way possible.

Occupying a position of interim manager requires a great capacity for listening and integration. The function requires the manager to intervene in decision-making processes, providing concrete solutions within a satisfactory period of time.

And contrary to some preconceived ideas, interim management is not a classic temporary assignment: the latter manages continuity when interim management accompanies change.

The key skills required for the interim manager:

- Solid experience : Professional experience is a key factor in the interim management profession. Indeed, the profile sought demonstrates at least 15 - 25 years of professional experience in positions of high responsibility, and, if possible, internationally.

- Mobility: Missions can take place anywhere in France or abroad. Therefore, full mobility and availability are essential.

- Adaptability & speed: companies that use interim management are in emergency situations and require a manager who is 100% operational very quickly. The very objective of interim management lies in the rapid implementation of the solution.

- Leadership: An interim manager must be able to mobilize teams in tense situations. Therefore, natural authority is required.

- Orientation towards objectives and results: The interim manager is an operational and must therefore be able to quickly choose the solution that generates the most results. It is clearly oriented towards a logic of contribution and no longer a logic of power.

The advantages of the job for the interim manager:

- Autonomy: The interim manager remains with the company for a fixed period, and thus is not part of its internal policy. He is free of all strategic considerations concerning his career and can concentrate completely on his job.

- Project mode: Each mission represents a new structure, new collaborators and above all a different problem. Therefore each project brings new challenges, which makes the course interesting and diversified.

- Intellectual interest: In the interim management profession, continuing education is essentially part of the profession. The manager constantly makes new experiences in the field and thus develops his technical and practical skills.

- Time management: The manager has the freedom to search and refuse projects at his disposal.