Grant Speed, Managing Director of Odgers Interim, explains why the company’s international footprint puts it a step ahead of the competition.
Odgers Interim is the only interim management provider with a combined regional and international offering. In addition to the 7 offices across the UK, we have dedicated offices in Australia, Canada, Brazil and Poland. As a brand we can, quite literally, go where others cannot. We can service organisations at a global level and bring a wider scope of knowledge and expertise to any given search process. Whether it is for a family owned manufacturer in Dorset or a FTSE 100 global conglomerate, there is no company too big or too small.
Being able to deliver a single brand proposition at an international level brings significant benefits to our clients. We have a global pool of candidates that are managed at a local level, enabling us to quickly and easily build international teams of first-class interim managers. With ‘boots on the ground’ across different geographic locations we provide a much more ‘hands on’ and tailored level of service for international assignments – something that many other interim search firms fall short on.
An international footprint brings a collective knowledge of different geographic markets; a knowledge that is embedded in our search process. It means our consultants provide much more than their recruitment expertise; we can offer clients industry insights, advice on local market trends and information about the demand for certain skillsets. For example, our Canadian team, which is the largest interim management provider in the country, is experiencing a high-volume of requests for interim skillsets in the consumer, manufacturing, not-for-profit and technology markets. Interim management in Canada is becoming an increasingly viable option for clients across various industries. It is the fastest growing segment of the Canadian arm of our search business Odgers Berndtson, and last year accounted for nearly 30% of the Canadian revenues.
Australia is another growth market for what is locally referred to as interim executives. Despite interim management being a newer proposition in the country, interim assignments are increasingly accompanying permanent search placements. There is now a growing understanding of what an interim can bring to a people solution and the team is seeing an increasing demand for interim executives in superannuation, healthcare, government and niche areas of financial services.
Here in the UK, our interim management team continues to go from strength to strength. In particular, interim managers are proving to be an increasingly invaluable resource across local and central authorities, as well as in the social housing sector. The growing demand has led to the expansion of both our Government and Social Housing Practices in London and regionally across the UK. As part of the Odgers Berndtson family and with a dedicated management consulting arm there is no area of executive search that we do not cover and we are able to provide company-wide talent acquisition services on a global scale.