Interim CIO & Interim IT Director
Why are high-calibre interim CIOs and interim IT directors in such high demand? Because more and more of today’s businesses are exploiting technology in previously unimaginable ways.
Start-ups are disrupting markets. Digital transformation is a priority in firms of all shapes and sizes. Advances in software and hardware are driving new approaches to infrastructure and storage.
The rise of data, analytics and machine learning is rapid. At the same time, security and privacy threats are increasing daily. And, businesses face challenges like harmonising IT during mergers and dealing with legacy systems.
Interim IT professionals, like interim CIOs and interim IT directors, are specialists in cutting through the complexity and delivering IT projects on time and budget. They bring outside skills and experience and highly specialised knowledge in individual technologies and smart integrated solutions. Ultimately, IT interims navigate challenges and pitfalls to help deliver competitive advantage.
At Interim Partners, we have placed interim CIOs and interim IT directors with some of the world’s leading organisations – equipping them with a wealth of experience and cross-functional expertise.
The benefit of interim CIOs and interim IT directors
Empowering the future
IT is the enabler of modern businesses, essential to day-to-day operations and service delivery while underpinning strategic change. Interim CIOs and interim IT directors can identify and implement new ways to make technology work for businesses – by empowering employees, increasing efficiency, streamlining procedures, reducing costs and improving the customer experience.
Interim IT specialists bring the rare mix of technical, business and people skills to join the dots between online and offline: brands, products, services and communication.
Supporting the CEO & CFO
The top team have a lot on their respective plates. They may be digitally-savvy, but they are unlikely to be tech specialists. During pivotal times, an interim CIO or interim IT director can be an invaluable strategic advisor and sounding board. And, by taking responsibility of major transformation projects themselves, they free up the time (and energy) of the CEO and CFO for their other priorities.
Businesses and workforces are often resistant to change. An interim CIO or interim IT director can bring the track record and presence to create a vision, set a strategic direction and secure enthusiastic buy-in for change.
Building an agile culture
An interim CIO or interim IT director can ensure a culture of innovation is a reality not an aspiration. They understand how to foster collaboration and fail fast techniques, where experimentation is embedded into the everyday.
Enabling tomorrow’s world of work
Technology is transforming where, when and how employees do their jobs and interact with each other. A visionary interim CIO or interim IT director will understand how digital can empower your team to thrive in the more agile, flexible working world of the future.
Interim leaders in tech, digital and ICT
Ultimately, it is not the job title that matters in an interim assignment. The goals and outcomes are the focus. What should they ‘achieve’, not the duties they should perform. We have placed interims in all of these roles, with ROI at the front of our minds.
- Interim IT director
- Interim Head of IT
- Interim Technical Manager
- Interim CTO
- Interim CIO
Digital consulting for private equity
PE houses are increasingly focused on the potential for rapid digital transformation to create value in their portfolio companies. Our new specialist offering supports the PE sector – through a true consultancy service goes beyond a traditional interim CIO or interim IT director deployment.
Our digital and tech experts can undertake the technology due diligence in preparation for the deal – and advise on all aspects of digital/tech strategy, from identifying commercial/efficiency opportunities to building internal capability and setting milestones for transformation.
We can then advise on hiring for, or upskilling or building the technology team. Or we can team deploy the lead consultant in an interim CIO or interim IT director role to set the transformation in motion or see it through to a successful conclusion.
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
Digital transformation projects vary widely in size and complexity widely within larger firms. Interim CIOs and interim IT directors can step in to deliver on these specific goals. Or they can advise on longer term tech and digital strategy in a disrupted world.
Medium-sized enterprises / private equity portfolio companies
Many organisations are stuffed with digital talent. But not tech leaders who have experience of upscaling or delivering major transformation projects. Our interim CIOs and interim IT directors can support and mentor the current team – or lead transformation themselves. They get results faster and achieve greater impact. Through our PE consultancy service, we offer a comprehensive digital transformation delivery service.
Start-ups / venture capital-backed businesses
Technology start-ups are often led by tech entrepreneurs – they have specialist skills, great ideas and bold plans. Yet they’re often lacking rounded business skills and a broader understanding of the technology landscape. An interim CIO or interim IT director can mitigate risk and help founders to maximise technology from day one.
Public sector, 3rd sector & housing
Technology is the key driver of efficiency and service improvement in today’s public sector. The right interim CIO or interim IT director can achieve transformation goals that help organisations to operate more effectively, while empowering frontline staff to innovate and deliver services in more patient and customer focused ways.
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.
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