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Innovative & agile interim & permanent COOs & ops directors

Operations lies at the heart of an organisation – the desire to improve operational performance has inspired many innovations over the decades. Now, the rapid rise of digital, AI and automation technologies is accelerating the pace of change.

The expertise of senior operations directors and managers has evolved to encompass a greater depth and breadth of operational, technological and digital expertise. This is complemented by strong capability in managing the day-to-day organisation and coordination of a business function, services and resources.

Such sought-after skills offer immediate value to organisations going through transformational change, looking to reduce costs and/or drive operational efficiencies.

Why engage an interim operations director?

Proven expertise and experience

Engaging Interim Partners at New Street Consulting Group for your interim operations engagements allows you to access high-performing talent when you need it. Our senior operations interims are available at short notice. Which is advantageous if you need to deploy flexible expertise, fast. Our senior operations interims cover a range of roles within operations and operations management, specifically for change and transformation projects, or to support/lead the day-to-day operation of an organisation, department or business function.

Typical interim operations assignments:

  • Interim operations director
  • Interim operations manager
  • Interim ops director
  • Interim logistics director
  • Interim procurement director
  • Interim supply chain director

Key benefits of interim managers

We’re able to source and assess interim operations directors and interim operations managers with the experience and specialist skills not always found in-house. They bring proven expertise to the table to deliver change and improve efficiency quickly. The qualities we look for in an interim assignment include:

  • Proven capability to be able to hit the ground running and immediately add value to the organisation
  • Demonstrable wealth of experience, gained across different organisations and a successful level track record of delivering operational excellence
  • Dynamic personality, adaptable for change, accountable and technically very strong

Transformational leaders and specialists

Our executive search and interim management advisory services, find and deploy high-calibre interim leaders and change professionals across the private and public sectors, with expertise in:

Executive search & selection – COOs & operations directors

Our extensive candidate network means we're well placed to find high-calibre senior operations candidates when you're looking to recruit a permanent executive. Our executive search service delivers retained executive-level assignments both internationally and domestically, centring on the recruitment of CEOs, MDs, c-suite appointments and general managers along with other senior leadership professionals.

Our high-quality, holistic service combines the capability of our highly experienced executive recruitment consultants with in-depth psychometric/personality assessments delivered by qualified occupational psychologists. Our search and selection methodology will ensure a cultural fit and alignment to values and organisational purpose, which is particularly important at a senior level.

Who we help

FTSE250 & global corporations

The people challenges are immense for complex businesses, operating at scale and across borders. When speed is of the essence a highly experienced interim operations director can step in – be that as a safe pair of hands to see you through turbulent times, or as the driver of significant strategic change that transforms workforces or whole organisations.

Medium-sized enterprises / private equity portfolio companies

When businesses are scaling up or seeking efficiencies, people are central to success. An interim operations director can enable the structural, cultural and behavioural change needed to achieve rapid growth and faster value creation. Operations interims also prove their worth in managing the myriad challenges of mergers and acquisitions.

Start-ups / venture capital-backed businesses

In the excitement of the start-up phase, operations processes and strategy rarely get the attention they deserve. As the business matures, it can suddenly find itself with some very sticky people problems, especially in regulated sectors like fintech. An interim operations director can put the right foundation in place at the start, from policies and procedures to organisational change.

Public sector, 3rd sector & housing

The public sector faces the long-term challenge of doing more with less – with Brexit and COVID being complicated factors in the health and care sectors especially. Restructures, transformation and outsourcing all call for the proven operations experience that an interim operations director can deliver.

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Explore our industry sector expertise

Together, our consultants, specialists, interims and candidates bring a depth of industry expertise gained through first-hand experience in every major sector of the UK economy.

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