Following last week’s interview with Simon Monger about his move from permanent to interim, I also wanted to talk to the client who hired him in this new role. Chris Mostyn, Director of Communications at J Murphy & Sons, offered some brilliant insight into how an interim can work alongside permanent team members. In addition, he gave me a summary of Simon’s project and highlighted how Simon’s been able to make an impact that a permanent member of staff may not have been able to achieve in such a short space of time. For anyone who’s considering hiring an interim for specific project management, to cover a period of absence, or to maintain business as usual during an in-depth permanent search, I hope you find Chris’ insight encouraging!
For Chris and the team at Murphy, their motivator was the need for specific project management.
Our new ten year business plan had been launched a few months earlier, but we felt that some colleagues were unclear what the plan meant to them and the role in delivering it. We had a series of company-wide roadshows coming up and as a small marketing and comms team , we needed dedicated help to deliver those, as well as looking at the communications strategy for the business plan as a whole.
It’s more than just additional resource. Simon arrived with a fresh pair of eyes, which was very beneficial. His broad experience across a range of industries meant he quickly understood the strategic priorities and deliverables, ‘got’ our culture and knew how to adapt and deliver best practice employee engagement. We’re on a journey with marketing and communications at Murphy, so it was great to have Simon come in with his considerable skills and experience. It was helpful that we had a specific project with agreed outputs for him to get his teeth into, especially given he is familiar with the challenges of delivering top notch communications on similar projects. Plus he also supported us with other initiatives outside of his core project.
It’s been a positive one. I think having a clear project was key, and having dedicated focus on communicating something so important was vital. Plus having interim support like Simon join the team for a short period of time keeps us on our toes too – he’s got loads of ideas, is a great team player and a thoroughly nice guy to work with!
If you have experience across marketing and communications and would like to discuss potential interim opportunities in further detail, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or one of my colleagues in VMAGROUP’s interim team. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you check out Part 1: The Candidate to hear how Simon Monger made the move from permanent to interim employment.
Matt Gibbs, Consultant.