It is of paramount importance that FM service providers are able to react to their client’s demands or contractual compliance issues in a cost effective, timely and effective way in today’s competitive FM market. The good news for interim managers and project support resources is that for them to be able to do so, they often have to look outside their organisations to complete these challenging demands.

So what makes the interim route such a compelling case for FM service providers?

Firstly the client get a very good return on their investment as a successful assignment will deliver an outcome that provides meaningful results to a client and adds value. The interim solution means that it can also react very quickly often placing someone the next day who will hit the ground running.

This is facilitated by seasoned interims having undertaken many similar assignments for other FM service providers and often brings skills and knowledge not otherwise in place. It also means that the interim is not influenced by company politics or culture, and is able to provide fresh perspectives and solutions.

The difference between “temps” from an agency that puts “bums on seats”, is that interims are contractually obliged to meet the results set out in the terms of reference for the role.

This is made a great deal easier by interims operating at a more senior and experienced level which gives them the authority and credibility to effect significant change or transition.

Lastly, as interims are only as good as their last successful assignment and reliant on reputation to enable successful assignment management as they have to maintain a very high standard because future work relies upon referrals and repeat assignments. This contrasts favourably with other temporary agency staff who may be also be seeking a full time role and only in it for the money.