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Watermark's Interim practice is the pre-eminent Interim Executive practice in Australia.
Having started in 2009, we have dedicated interim partners who are passionate about solving our clients' problems through an interim solution and working with those choosing a Portfolio Career.
Key aspects of our interim executive service include:
We carefully select and vet our interim executives - they are senior executives with demonstrable track records of success.
We support our interims on assignment, providing detailed feedback, proactively managing the relationship.
Our knowledge of the interim marketplace means we have years of experience in ‘getting it right.’
The collective experience and networks of our partners adds business intelligence.
The majority of our interim executives are prepared to temporarily relocate to another state or territory.
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Two of our partners, Caroline McAuliffe and Jacinta Whelan have written a book –The Rise of the Interim Executive. For any senior executive thinking about ‘what next’ for your career, what new opportunities exist and how to craft a longer, more fulfilling lifestyle, The Rise of the Interim Executive, A Guide to Navigating your Success is for you.
The Rise of the Interim Executive is the first book to unlock the Interim Executive marketplace for executives. It provides insights, guidance, tips and case studies to help you proactively explore if being an Interim Executive is right for you and, more importantly, if you have the right mindset for it.
Drawing from their experience in global Interim Executive Search, Jacinta Whelan and Caroline McAuliffe offer a simple framework based on three fundamental principles (Environment, Executive, Experience) to give you the tools to navigate the challenges and achieve success in the next phase of your career.
To read more about the book or buy, click here. If you would like to discuss your interim executive career please contact one of the team for a confidential discussion.
Organisational structure - Business used to be shaped like a pyramid but then due to a global market place and changes like outsourcing, off-shoring and digitalisation, business is now shaped like a rocket. Contingent workers are the boosters – they augment a company’s workforce.
Demographics - Baby boomers are the largest population group and market forces have created an opportunity for them to stay engaged in meaningful work for longer. Additional supply in workers at the executive level is leading to a change in how we all work.
Intersection point between an excess supply of people at the executive level and leaner organisations created the portfolio professional.
We all have grappled with the challenges of the pandemic, and organisations have been severely tested on what the future of work might look like. The future of work is HERE and NOW, and the alternative workforce is key.
Organisations are facing stiff competition for talent due to the Great Resignation, pandemic fatigue, extended leave, lack of solid succession plans, an out-of-date employee value proposition (EVP), and longer search processes and counteroffers.
Interim Executives are filling many of those gaps very effectively. This is the alternative workforce.
In a tight labour market, organisations need to be open to accessing talent from every available source, so if they are only considering people looking for a permanent role, they are missing out on a large pool of talented employees who can serve effectively for the interim.
Historically, interim roles have often been seen as a crisis management or gap-fill solution. Now this model has become mainstream as a part of a much broader hiring mix that acknowledges alternative career choices.
Our Interim business solves 3 client problems a week, on average
We will provide you with a shortlist of 2-4 immediately available, expert candidates within a matter of days
We have a 97% assignment completion rate
Some commentators are predicting up to 80% of the Australian workforce will be contingent
labour by 2030.
Day 1: Client briefing, define client needs, develop assignment profile with detailed criteria to evaluate potential candidates.
Days 2-4: Shortlist presented to the client (typically this is between 2-5 candidates who meet the brief and are available at immediate or short notice.
Days 4-5: Client interviews with one or several of these readily available candidates.
Day 5: Client to confirm successful candidate, contract paperwork and compliance documentation can be completed by Watermark within 12-24 hours.
Day 6: Interim Executive to start on client assignment.
Wow and blown away!!! I was on the hunt for an immediately available Executive and working with Watermark was more than amazing. We have been more than pleasantly surprised by the quality of the candidate and the superior experience we received from the Watermark team. This is by far one of the most memorable and high standards I have experienced.
Thank you for nailing the brief! I couldn’t have been more pleased with the calibre and capability of the candidates we were presented with, in such a quick time frame. They were exactly what we were looking (and hoping) for.
I am really appreciative of the work you have done in sourcing an Interim CFO and a leader for our NDIS business. The way you went about understanding the culture of our organisation and our needs was fantastic, as was the quality of the candidates you sourced. I know from talking to the successful candidates that they also felt well supported through the process... I felt your team listened and responded to our needs from the initial engagement to the end.
🔹 Backfill a C-Suite role
🔹 Caretaker role
🔹 New business set up
🔹 Restructure with an expert
🔹 Unique skills for a point in time
🔹 Interim to Permanent
🔹 Business transformation
🔹 Free up a senior leader
🔹 Adding skills to the current executive team to help them deliver
🔹 Capability or capacity not available in-house
🔹 Grow an area of the business or the business as a whole
🔹 Succession planning
🔹 Executives are reconsidering how they wish to work
🔹 Rather than exiting the workforce completely, many more executives are now considering an Interim Executive career
🔹 The Interim Executive pool brings a whole new cohort of talent to the market
🔹 They have many years’ experience, deep subject matter expertise, are immediately available and ready to embed very quickly to transform organisations effectively
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🔹 You will have access to our networks and new interim opportunities, many of which are exclusive to us.
🔹 We support you fully when on assignment and provide fellowship through our networking/development events.
🔹 We will help you establish yourself as an interim executive.
At Watermark we believe that Interim Executives have an edge in the market by remaining relevant. They actively pursue development opportunities such as courses, research, reading, networks, professional development, industry forums, and a variety of assignments and projects.
Two of our partners, Caroline McAuliffeand Jacinta Whelanhave written a book –The Rise of the Interim Executive. For any senior executive thinking about ‘what next’ for your career, what new opportunities exist and how to craft a longer, more fulfilling lifestyle, The Rise of the Interim Executive, A Guide to Navigating your Success is for you. To read more about the book or to buy a copy, please click here.
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