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Interim management is defined as the short term assignment of proven senior managers and executives to manage specific projects in all disciplines or complete particular pieces of work that cannot be readily resourced from within an organisations current workforce. It can also be used to fill specific skill gaps in the organisation structure caused by the introduction of new technology, unplanned promotions and dismissals, market change and development and any organisation or business change requiring new and original thought outside the primary activity.

The ideal interim manager needs to have significant operational management experience, the ability to communicate effectively and commitment to gain credibility quickly within the management team. ‘Up and running from Day 1’ describes interim management responsibility. Knowledge and skills gained in different industries and willingness to work outside their career / discipline ‘box’ is essential. The ever developing global marketplace demands an understanding of the subtle barriers of social and business customs present in different countries. This need for understanding diversity has been reinforced by the organisational changes in the UK public sector and the demands of differing ethnic communities. The interim manager is vital in enabling traditional management to develop an understanding of these ‘business change’ pressures whilst continuing to perform their normal business functions.

Management Consultancy Group (MCG) has developed a unique ability to provide suitable manpower to commerce, industry and the public sector with the skills required by organisations. Its extensive consultant team is qualified, capable and focussed. As they are not attempting to build a long term career in the client business, they can be challenging and open with the organisation without threat to staff or their positions.

Interim projects completed by MCG consultants and associates include:

Global Projects operating in countries where knowledge of language, culture, religion and business customs is essential

Multi Disciplinary Projects providing specialist skills for short term strategic, operational or training needs

Locum Projects providing ‘gap fillers’ for extended leave, sabbaticals, vacancies due to promotion or dismissal, new technology needs and where the recruitment process for specialist skills is likely to be prolonged

Change Projects where knowledge and experience of the change process itself is required in order to add value and credibility to the change programme being considered

Strategic Projects to form new corporate and operational strategies and to monitor and implement existing operational programmes to achieve strategic objectives