When you have an immediate need of a resource it has to go fast.
The words Interim and Interim Management are often used when referring to consultants that cover a temporary need. Interim simply means something that is temporary, for a limited period. At Finance Recruitment we use the term interim consultant when referring to someone covering a temporary need. In turn, we use the term Interim Manager when referring to somebody covering a temporary need who holds a management position which may or may not require the post holder to deliver change. An Interim Manager could be likened to a management consultant advising and operating on strategic questions but goes a step further by also becoming operative and pushing through the actual implementation of ideas.
Reasons to use consultants
The Swedish labour market has changed in recent years and it has become increasingly common that companies use consulting solutions to resolve temporary needs, especially within the finance or accounting department. Some frequent reasons for the use of consultants include:
- Cover while a permanent vacancy is being filled
- Parental Leave
- Long term illness
- Backfill while employee seconded to internal project (system implementation…)
- Short term uncertainly (buying or selling the business)
- Outsourcing the finance department
- Any other change projects
Bringing in an experienced temporary resource usually proves very valuable to clients as in the long term it can save both time and money. The resource can either drive through a change project or cover an existing vacancy allowing the permanent employees to focus on their daily tasks.
Some of the advantages of using consultants include quickly getting someone on site when dealing with unexpected absence or work stoppages and increased flexibility allowing you to more easily cut back on staff during times of declining demand. Many companies also experience positive effects when they have had consultants in their business as their experience can help not only to cover short-term needs, but they can also drive changes that have a positive impact on the long-term business goals.