Project Management Services / Interim Manager

My corporate career was notable for the broad array of projects that I was lucky enough to take part in or manage. Whether it was a restructuring, setting up an industry wide salary survey club, creating and implementing sales incentive programmes, establishing a preferred recruitment supplier list, managing an employee survey, introducing a new grading structure and organisational titles, implementing career ladders or introducing a shared services team, I seem to have found a way to participate.  

It was no surprise that since I have been independent, managing projects has been a large element of what I offer clients.

My wealth and depth of business and Human Resources experience with a broad industry and international background enables me to advise and support organisations across all aspects of people related projects.  I always seek to offer a service that minimises the implementation time, maximises the return on investment, ensures that key knowledge is retained and / or transferred to internal resources and mitigates the risks for the organisation.

Very few of my projects can easily be categorised as simply 'Reward', 'Talent' or 'OD' as the focus has been on achieving organisational objectives rather than delivering an HR product.  

Assignments have included;

  • restructuring business functions,
  • implementing shared service frameworks,
  • adapting and implementing global compensation and benefits programmes to meet European regulatory requirements,
  • implementing business aligned HR functions,
  • implementing a new grading structure
  • defining HRIS requirements, 
  • managing a HR team whilst recruiting a new HR Director,
  • running a regional sales manager training programme,
  • designing a centre of expertise and implementation process.

Many of these programmes draw on aspects of Reward, Learning and Development, Talent, Recruitment, Organisational Development, Shared Services, Business Partnering, Global Mobility and broader skills such as IT, Finance and Marketing. 

The key theme that runs throughout the projects I manage is complexity.  Multiple countries, multiple stakeholders, matrixed organisations, unclear deliverables, tight cost constraints, opaque relationships, different political agendas.  

Many of my projects required me to help the client agree clear deliverables.  With a broad HR and business background and finely honed relationship management skills, my role is often to hold people accountable to their activities where I have little or no formal authority over them.