MACHINERY / AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY & INTERIM MANAGER
with technical know-how
Occupy the production plant for mechanical engineering and automation technology in a timely manner
In mechanical engineering and automation technology, the factors of time and quality are generally paramount. Workflow and process optimization is continuously driven forward, but sometimes the objective outside view of an interim manager provides real added value. An interim manager is particularly often used in critical situations. Examples are: Interim management of complex and urgent projects in design and development as well as strategically important customer projects; support in the integration of automation technologies and production-related processes; the digitalization of business processes in the production environment; and finally, support in the integration of automation technologies and production-related processes (Industry 4.0; IoT).
What tasks does an interim manager take on in automation technology?
The interim assignments take place in administration as well as in production or manufacturing. The interim assignments can either have a pure project character or are operational line management tasks, sometimes even with P&L / P&L responsibility or specialist function tasks. On the one hand, interim managers are deployed in the finance department, in HR, to manage IT (CIO/Head of IT), in supply chain management, in purchasing/procurement and other areas. On the other hand, they are often used as interim COO, division manager, as head of R&D, as plant manager, as production manager, as manufacturing manager, as head of quality management/quality assurance, as head of logistics and other areas. In addition to the classic line management or specialist function management tasks, however, an interim manager is also increasingly used as a project manager for demanding internal and external projects.
Bottlenecks when managing complex projects in design and development
Capacity bottlenecks for the management of complex projects in design and development or of important customer projects can be perfectly bridged by a qualified, experienced interim manager, i.e. a temporary manager who fits the situation. He can take over a specific operational management task within days. In contrast to pure consulting mandates, which usually cause additional work for the already heavily burdened internal staff, an interim manager relieves the existing organization considerably through his own performance and his operational integration in the company.
The key to success lies in the short-term provision of the interim manager who exactly fits the situation.
An interim manager is by no means only used to bridge management or specialist functions. Since an interim manager typically brings a broad range of experience to the table, he or she can be used to implement new strategic projects, in projects to optimize workflows and processes, or to set up and manage subsidiaries locally and abroad. The relocation of plants, consolidation of plants or the closure of a plant are also typical areas of application for an interim manager. The interim manager also helps significantly to train and advance prospective managers. It can even be part of the assignment to build up his successor internally.