Senior Level Positions On The Move


Good news in The Global Recruiter.


“A poll of director level interim managers conducted by Interim Partners has found the market for senior level executives beginning to pick up. The survey found 56 per cent of senior interim executives saying that more businesses were taking on interims at a senior management level, up from 47 per cent in 2012 and 43 per cent in 2011, in order to meet a growing demand for top executives.

According to Interim Partners recruitment amongst the most senior level executives has been very restrained since the credit crunch since cost cutting saw many senior management jobs removed. However, even though the senior level jobs market is improving, pressure over boardroom pay and other corporate governance issues have encouraged more board executives to avoid the increased burden of compliance by becoming interims.

Interim executives are managers or senior executives, at or just below board-level, who are recruited on a short to mid term basis. Just as a rise in the use of contractors normally predicts an increase in the hiring of permanent staff, so an increase in interims is seen as an early indicator of increased demand for senior executives.

“Senior level recruitment has lagged behind other hiring since the recession, but these figures suggest that the recruitment market for Directors is finally thawing out,” says Adam Kyriacou, Partner at Interim Partners. “Businesses need to be fleet of foot as the economy recovers and interim managers can give a business the sudden increase in capacity and expertise needed to take advantage of growth.”

Read the full story in The Global Recruiter, here.

Moving up – How to make that upward shift into a senior management role a little easier

Making the move into senior management may generate fresh challenges and place new responsibilities on your shoulders. Preparation and a willingness to learn new skills will help you adapt and contribute successfully in your new role.

We’ve compiled a few tips to help make that transition a little smoother.

Are there any courses you can go on?

Ask your company for support in terms of coaching, mentoring or training, so that you can develop the skills required to perform your role effectively.  Don’t feel you are showing weakness in asking for this – quite the opposite – it will show you are taking your new challenges seriously and are looking at long term actions in order to perform at your best.

Don’t forget your people skills

People skills are essential for anyone wishing to succeed in a managerial role. Your capacity to really listen combined with your ability to deliver a point or message in a positive way is an essential trait.

Think outside the box

You’ve probably already shown you can think outside the box, as this is one of many skills required to stand out from your business peers, but don’t lose confidence in yourself now you are working with senior and executive level colleagues who may have been working at this level for considerably longer than yourself.  Your ability to solve problems and think laterally will always stand in your favour.

Know what you want and what’s expected of you

Moving into a senior management role will see you faced with a greater level of challenges on a daily basis. It’s essential you understand your company’s immediate and long term work priorities. You also need to clearly communicate your specific and measurable goals to your new team.

Delegation does not mean losing control

Delegation is key to a successful transition into any senior management role. You may have been the very best at what you once did, but now someone else needs to take up that role and you need to empower and inspire them to do just that. Effective delegating is about using your experience to guide others, dictating the ‘what’ (outcome) and ‘why’ (purpose) but allowing people to choose the ‘how’ (method) for themselves.

Learn to lead

Moving into a senior management means you have become a leader within your company.  You will be expected to communicate a vision of success, enabling your team to do their best work and inspiring others to achieve their potential. To be an effective leader, learn how to incorporate leadership skills into your management style so that you can successfully grow and develop the people you manage.

Senior Managers; Making Your Employees Happy

For senior managers, an important element to keeping all areas of production high, and the running of your department smooth, is the happiness and contentment of your team.  Below are just 3 simple ways in which you can improve the contentment of your employees, which in turn are going to have huge benefits to your department and company.

Invest in them

Employees are unlikely to be happy if they continue to come to a job that offers no room for growth and advancement. Offering training opportunities and mentorship helps an employee feel they are improving themselves, professionally, as well as being valued by their boss and company. The best businesses out there invest in their employees. Send them off to conferences; encourage them to grow in their understanding of your industry by spending a bit of time and money on their professional advancement. This shows you have high expectations of their future within your Company and you see them as a long term investment.

Bonuses – Say Thank You!

Offering bonuses – no matter how small – improve morale within your team.  Bonuses make your staff feel valued, increases their loyalty to an organisation and makes them want to work harder for you.  The bonus doesn’t have to be financial.  Depending on your industry and the type of work your employees do, offering small tokens of appreciation – such as a voucher for a meal at the local restaurant, flowers etc – will make employees feel their work, particularly in hard economic times, is not going unnoticed, or unappreciated. Have clear work targets and acknowledge when these are achieved.  So often an employee will feel the brunt of not reaching a target, yet their effort and achievement goes apparently unnoticed when they do.

Make the work environment comfortable

It may sound obvious, but making your employees work environment comfortable, will go a long way to making them want to be at work.  Although work production is of course your primary objective, working in a sterile office environment with no ‘distractions’ will actually have a negative effect on your staff. A decent coffee machine, complimentary soft drinks, fruit and biscuits, an area away from their desks to relax – just a quiet corner of the office space with comfortable chairs and a sofa, if you can’t allocate a separate room – all makes a huge difference. Out of the office, if budget permits, and your employees have to travel in the name of business, booking them a business class seat on a flight or into the airport lounge or a first class train ticket, will not only make them feel appreciated, but will mean they arrive at their destination refreshed and better able to deal with the business meeting.