Interim Manager or a Consultant?

Many executives who initially think they need a management consultant ultimately decide to deploy an interim manager.

In fact, a recent survey of 100 senior directors in UK companies showed that 78% felt that interim managers offered clear advantages over management consultants.

For a more thorough discussion of interim managers as an alternative to consultants, request our Interim Report on the UK market for interim management and other fast-track executive resourcing.

To see whether your requirement is best matched to an interim manager or a consultant, take our free online test. This will guide you through a series of 19 questions designed to help establish where your project or role sits on the spectrum of distinct skills and attributes that distinguish interims and consultants.

Like consultants, interim managers provide:

  • The latest thinking
  • Short-term access to top management talent
  • Strategic capability
  • An independent eye
  • The ability to fast-track a critical project

Unlike consultants, interim managers are:

  • Implementers as well as being strategists, analysts and planners
  • Loyal to your business objectives – not their consultancy's objectives
  • Flexible to do what you need – not restricted to doing things the way their consultancy prescribes
  • Focused on your profitability – not their consultancy's profitability. They are not incentivised to sell in additional services you don't need
  • They are strategists as well as hands-on – they are on your team to deliver your strategy
  • More cost-effective