Interim HR Directors
Enabled by technology, Human Resource functions have now moved far beyond their traditional, transactional remit. With the right leadership in place, HR teams are making a major strategic contribution to successful businesses and public sector organisations.
Interim HR directors can bring a huge influence to bear, especially in times of upheaval or disruption. People issues hinder the success of restructures, mergers and acquisitions. They also hold back transformation and rapid growth. The experience of an HR interim can smooth the transition for a workforce and foster the cultural change that employers desire.
HR interims are also adept at reshaping organisations to thrive in the future world of work – where agile, flexible, upskilled teams are engaged, deployed and developed in new ways.
We have placed interim HR directors and Managers with some of the world’s leading organisations. These tech-savvy professionals combine vision, commercial acumen and a demonstrable ability to mobilise people behind change.
Adding value through interim HR Directors
Get the best from your people
Our interim HR Directors are skilled in delivering major people initiatives and helping shape workforces to meet the challenges ahead. Interims at board level have the heavyweight experience to give HR the voice it needs at the top table.
Crucially they understand how to set strategies that will guide the overlapping activities under the HR remit: employee engagement, wellbeing, diversity, upskilling, recruitment, workforce planning and many more. Ultimately, we place interim HR Directors to help you get the best from people, whatever the context or goal.
Rapid deployment when you need it
An interim HR director or other senior HR professionals will be in place fast. Bringing outside perspectives and knowledge, they can draw on proven experience to guide employees through change and make a transformation smooth and successful. Their ability to operate at C-suite level ensures that HR can make the maximum positive impact at crucial moments for businesses or public sector organisations.
Deploying interim HR directors to drive positive change
Organisational change creates a high demand for a knowledgeable leadership figure to oversee the development and ensure measurable results are delivered swiftly. Interim HR Directors have quickly become a vital asset in a sizable range of HR tasks, from small scale realignment to transformational organisational change.
Interim HR directors play a significant role within organisational change, offering a wealth of experience and a highly developed skillset, to support an array of complex directorial business activities, at short notice, including:
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Design & restructuring
- Talent management
- Digital transformation
- Workforce future-proofing
- Brexit-related workforce planning
Interim HR directors as transformation specialists
HR Interims have long supported leaders in delivering transformation goals. Now, there is a heightened need for interim HR directors who are highly skilled in business transformation themselves. HR business functions have become more projects focused. Therefore, the demand on interim HR leaders is increasing. They need the extensive knowledge required for managing numerous scenarios, whilst also providing a quick turnaround on results.
Interim HR directors are hired to effectively exact change within an organisation - delivering these results through quickly rolling out processes, efficiently investigating and correcting discrepancies and overall creating a more sustainable and manageable business.
Overall, interim HR directors can be deployed immediately to provide impartial advice and resolve internal issues to; increase productivity, realign organisations collective goals and provide quick wins.
Who can Interim Partners help?
With a proven track record in placing senior executives when needed most, Interim Partners is well-positioned to benefit your organisation – no matter its industry sector or culture.
Learn more about our work in your sector.
FTSE250 & global corporations
The people challenges are immense for complex businesses, operating at scale and across borders. When speed is of the essence a highly experienced interim HR director can step in – be that as a safe pair of hands to see you through turbulent times, or as the driver of significant strategic change that transforms workforces or whole organisations.
Medium-sized enterprises / private equity portfolio companies
When businesses are scaling up or seeking efficiencies, people are central to success. An interim HR director can enable the structural, cultural and behavioural change need to achieve rapid growth and faster value creation. HR interims also prove their worth in managing the myriad challenges of mergers and acquisitions.
Start-ups / venture capital-backed businesses
In the excitement of the start-up phase, HR process and strategy rarely get the attention they deserve. As the business matures, it can suddenly find itself with some very sticky people problems, especially in regulated sectors like fintech. An interim HR director can put the right foundation in place at the start, from policies and procedures to organisational culture to recruitment & retention.
Public sector, 3rd sector & housing
The public sector faces the long-term challenge of doing more with less – with Brexit a complicating factor in the health and care sectors especially. Restructures, transformation and outsourcing all call for the proven HR experience that an interim HR director can deliver, including an understanding of unionised workforces and the opportunities for new ways of working and delivering frontline services.
Executive search & selection
Our extensive candidate network means we're well placed to find high-calibre candidates when you're looking to recruit a permanent c-suite or senior leadership professional. Wickland Westcott, our executive search business, delivers retained executive-level assignments both internationally and domestically, centring on the recruitment of CEOs, MDs and general managers along with other senior leadership professionals.
Across assignments, we provide up-to-date marketplace insight, making clear recommendations on when to recruit within niche sectors and when to bring in fresh skills and perspective from outside.
Our high-quality, holistic service combines the capability of our highly experienced executive recruitment consultants with in-depth psychometric/personality assessments delivered by qualified occupational psychologists. Our search and selection methodology will ensure a cultural fit and alignment to values and organisational purpose, which is particularly important at a senior level.
Why Wickland Westcott?
- Over 40 years' experience in executive search and leadership consultancy
- Placed over 2,000 senior leaders across industry sectors
- 99% customer satisfaction
- 98% candidate satisfaction over the last 5 years
- Assignment completion rate of 96%
- 95% of candidates placed are still in their role after a year
The Interim Partners difference
We work closely with our clients to help solve their most complex business challenges. Our award-winning consulting services leverage an extensive network of trusted interim managers and executives with the expertise to deliver measurable results across multiple business functions and sectors at a fraction of the cost of management consultants.
We offer a unique approach to interim recruitment and will take the time to truly understand your business. We look at what your challenges are and what you are aiming to achieve. Together, we define your assignment goals and deliverables – giving absolute clarity on the potential value add or return on investment from your interim.
Our interims are contracted through our 4-stage Return on Interim (ROI) methodology to ensure they deliver the results our clients expect, every time.