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What is Interim Management?


Organisations often need to recruit on a temporary basis. In some cases, a project may require short-term assistance, a key team member might take a career break or an interim is used while they search for the perfect permanent candidate. Other reasons include:


  • Change communications
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Crisis management
  • Maternity and paternity cover
  • Long-term sick leave
  • Sudden departure in the team.


Assignments can be part time or full time but we only take on contracts over one month in length. Some assignments continue on a rolling basis for much longer, although most are between six and 12 months. Most of our clients expect the Interim Manager to be based in their office for the majority of the contract, however there is usually flexibility for some home working.

What is an Interim Manager?

You should be an independent, senior level professional with a proven track record of strategic planning and tactical delivery. Interim Managers tend to be over-qualified for the work so that they’re able to ‘hit the ground running’. In addition, you need to be:


  • Able to develop the existing team’s skills by offering hands-on coaching and development
  • Available at extremely short notice
  • A driver and decision maker
  • Comfortable with working independently and forming strong working relationships quickly.

What's in it for you?

You’re able to enjoy a better work-life balance and take on new challenges working in a variety of roles and organisations. Interim Managers also benefit from working on day rates than tend to be higher than the equivalent permanent salary.

Get in touch with us to discuss working as an Interim Manager.

T: 020 7436 4243

What makes a successful interim manager?

  • Flexible about where, when and how you work
  • Confident in selling your expertise to potential clients
  • Able to cope with financial uncertainty
  • Able to deal with periods of no work, followed by periods of heavy workloads
  • Confident at networking and marketing yourself as a business
  • Being honest about your capabilities – strengths and weaknesses

Why use VMA Group?

The Interim Team at VMA Group will introduce you to companies looking for Interim Managers in a wide range of sectors. We handle assignments across several disciplines, including change management and corporate communications.

We can also give guidance on market conditions and daily rates and provide you with contacts to help you with the legal and financial implications of going it alone.