Recruitment for Interim Management
How do we work?
Our Interim Managers
Socratim looks for a win-win approach and a long-term business partnership with client companies and Interim Managers. Therefore we aim at working within a "Circle of Trust" or recommended senior professionals. This trust is based on a long term collaboration that we have built up with these Interim Managers with due respect of ethics and professional standards. We continuously meet our Interim Managers through interviews and update meetings. We take in-depth recent references ourselves and stay in touch. We react fast as known partners of our Interim Managers, which enables us to be nimble and efficient. All our interim managers are self-employed (“indépendant”, “zelfstanding”) and free to choose any assignment on the market. Therefore we do not ask our Interim Managers for exclusivity. However, within our "Circle of Trust", all Interim Managers are 200% involved during the performance of their mission and are fully committed to make a success of it.
With the objective of providing operational efficiency, Socratim prefers working in direct contact with the decision maker on the client side. We meet our clients face-to-face and we agree on the mission's main priorities and scope. When choosing an Interim Manager, clients expect "plug-in solutions". We offer our clients professionals who have already delivered the same work in a similar context and who are part of our Circle of Trust. Besides availability, we check that our Interim Managers have suitable motivation and the right personality for the assignment. We process the query quickly and revert to our clients with suitable individuals within 48 hours.
Socratim’s commitment is to always seek the best solution and collaboration mode for both client companies and Interim Managers. Both partners are of equal importance for us. Looking for a long-term business partnership, we propose a quality follow-up of Interim Management assignments. How? Via monthly face-to-face meetings with the Interim Manager and the person accountable for the success of the mission on the client side. This takes at least 15-30 minutes. We ask our Interim Managers to issue a status report every month. This report forms the basis for the meeting, which focuses on the year-to-date achievements and on the next priorities within the assignment. Socratim has a facilitator role in the process and ensures that all parties involved agree on priorities and next steps. Our purpose is to help formalize the communication between parties and give frequent feedback during the assignment for fine-tuning purposes.
SPOC for your external ressources
Are you currently working with external resources and are not satisfied by their providers' follow-up? Do you have too many external resources from several providers and would like to centralize their follow-up to one SPOC? Socratim can help you centralize the follow-up of your external resources (interim managers, consultants, bodyshoppers). Our role in this configuration is to formalize and ensure that the mission's scope is clear for all parties. We meet with your external resources and then provide a status report for each one of them. This report highlights the possible issues and gaps, helping our client companies to anticipate with appropriate actions. Socratim is your facilitator and takes care of a quality follow-up.
Type of profiles
Socratim focuses on the most sought after profiles on the Belgian market for Interim Management: Financial, Supply Chain, HR and some in General Management.
In Belgium, the length of an Interim Management assignment is on average from 3 months to 1.5 year. It is very important to agree to a minimum “gentlemen’s agreement” before starting the assignment in order to avoid misunderstandings between parties. The minimum period of engagement needs to be mentioned on the contract. Both Interim Manager and client company have the right to ask for a trial period during which each party can decide to end the contract.