Women on Boards: A Life Sciences’ Perspective
- RSA appoints Dafydd Wright as Head of Interim Management Business Unit
Posted on 25/03/2012
- Opening the door to tomorrow's top talent. Nick Stephens looks at new life sciences research to explian how actively managing high potential individuals and leadership development can help your company.
Article in Pharmafocus March 2013
Posted on 13/03/2013
- The top-line findings from the Talent Lifecycle Management survey along with a press release and Infographic:
Posted on 07/03/2013
- Industry failing to actively manage talent, survey finds
Posted on 05/03/2013
- Developing a long term talent plan. Nick Stephens draws on new industry research to explain how the active management of high potential individuals and leadership development will be the key to success.
Posted on 21/02/2013
- RSA Farmacity Turkey have been recognised amongst an elite group of 15 companies who were considered most respectful in their treatment of people. The award, sponsored by Kariyer.Net, was presented after, having evaluated over 30,000 companies, only 15 were found to qualify.
Posted on 15/02/2013
- Talent Management remains key priority in Life Sciences industry, research finds. Latest global RSA survey identifies industry failing to adequately manage talent.
Posted on 24/01/2013
- Shifting Sands
Posted on 24/12/2012
- Leading global Executive Search and Interim Management specialist RSA, waves a fond farewell
Posted on 01/12/2012
- RSA welcomes new starter Michael Huberts
Posted on 27/11/2012
- RSA’s Evy Young wins IRP Interim Consultant of the Year
Posted on 26/10/2012
- RSA continues to grow with new Managing Director for RSA Switzerland and two new Interim Management specialists
Posted on 09/10/2012
- RSA places Actinium Pharmaceuticals CEO
Posted on 21/09/2012
- RSA announces new board members
Posted on 20/09/2012
- Glass Ceiling: Addressing the Boardroom Gender Gap
International Business Times
Posted on 07/08/2012
- Pharmafocus: the case for socialising life sciences
Posted on 12/08/2012
- RSA research reveals coaching not quotas is key to achieving boardroom balance in UK Life Sciences
YouTube audio interview
Posted on 07/08/2012
- Betting Big - As China looks to become a leader in the pharma scene, what should be done differently to create an R&D site culture that incentivises innovation, and what attributes open the door to this burgeoning market?
Posted on 25/07/2012
- Emerging markets: diets for a leaner pharma
Posted on 21/07/2012
- RSA relocates Swiss business to Life Sciences hub
Posted on 05/07/2012
- RSA appoints new Managing Director for RSA Germany
Posted on 02/07/2012
- RSA recognises bioscience excellence with prestigious award
Posted on 28/06/2012
- Another Royal Visit to RSA’s home
Posted on 15/06/2012
- New Margins for Success in the Growth World – Nick Stephens’ ‘Asian Solutions’ Strategy
Posted on 18/04/2012
- RSA named in ‘Recruiter’s 2012 Fast 50’
Posted on 21/02/2012
- New Executive Search Partnership in Turkey
Posted on 16/02/2012
- New Year, New Promotions and New Positions
Posted on 01/02/2012
- Leaders Say UK Life Science Needs Stronger Support
Posted on 08/11/2011
- Life sciences firms failing to manage talent - article written by Nick Stephens and printed in the The Grapevine, September 28th, 2011
Posted on 28/09/2011
- As we celebrate 30 years at the top, we take this opportunity to thank all those who have worked with us, for us or who have acknowledged the work we do and ask you to celebrate our 30th anniversary with us in a "micro" look at the story so far...
Posted on 21/09/2011
- Hiring and firing is a different business in the US - article written by Nick Stephens and printed in the Financial Times, September 8th, 2011
Posted on 20/09/2011
- Betting big on research in China - article written by Nick Stephens and printed in InPharm, September 2011
Posted on 17/09/2011
- RSA welcomes new Managing Director for RSA Switzerland
Posted on 17/08/2011
- Outsourcing roles develop - Career opportunities in next-generation contractor partnerships
This article by Susan Macdonald, RSA Singapore, appeared in Pharmaceutical Market Europe, May 2011.
Posted on 13/05/2011
- As the CRO flies - article written by Susan Macdonald, RSA Singapore and printed in SCRIP Clinical Research, April 2011
Posted on 12/05/2011
- Financial Times – Executive Appointments: Thursday 17th March 2011: "Your Questions Answered – How can we help staff when we switch location?"
Posted on 18/03/2011
- Stevenage BioScience Catalyst appoints Dr Martino Picardo as CEO
Posted on 02/12/2010
- Navigating your way to that C level role
Posted on 08/11/2010
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- RSA rated top UK life science interim management firm
Posted on 06/11/2010
- The RSA-sponsored Scrip Award goes to Abbott
Posted on 05/11/2010
- How much should we invest in marketing?
Posted on 21/10/2010
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- Life science leaders see potential in coalition: but will it do enough to support UK talent?
Posted on 16/09/2010
- Busting the international recruitment myths
Posted on 24/08/2010
- Appointing the right General Manager for China
Posted on 03/08/2010
- RSA welcomes new members to their Singapore team
Posted on 02/08/2010
- Staying ahead in the competitive job market for high tech industries
Posted on 22/07/2010
- Helping Archimedes Pharma to grow
Posted on 15/07/2010
- RSA makes Sunday Times' International Track 100
Posted on 12/07/2010
- The Human Remains
Posted on 07/07/2010
- RSA is sponsoring the Scrip Management Team of the Year Awards 2010
Posted on 09/04/2010
- Tony Forbes-Leith: 1942-2010
Posted on 25/03/2010
- Latest survey reveals Singapore is a top destination for biomedical sciences careers...
Posted on 17/03/2010
- RSA launches new Talent Lifecycle Services...
Posted on 03/03/2010
- RSA survey highlights the need to revisit the business partnership with HR...
Posted on 03/03/2010
- RSA Singapore moves to larger offices...
Posted on 28/01/2010
- The RSA-sponsored SCRIP Award presented to Novartis...
Posted on 25/11/2009
- RSA CEO Nick Stephens chairs a session at the BIA Annual Bioscience Forum in London...
Posted on 01/10/2009
- RSA launches first register of Non-Executive Directors exclusively for life sciences...
Posted on 30/07/2009
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Hiring Interim Managers
Over recent months there has been much talk of burgeoning opportunities in interim management - so it is no longer an entirely novel concept. However, to some it is still shrouded in mystery. Just like hormone-suffused teenagers desperate to discover what all the fuss is about, you may be bursting with simple questions like "How do you do it?"
Rest-assured, it isn't difficult - but from both a client and a contractor perspective, you need to be prepared. To make it a success for both parties, thorough planning and a sound understanding of the issues are essential. The opportunities for client and contractor are vast. Interim management will work in any industry function as long as it matches two simple criteria:
- the role is at middle-to senior-management level within the project team
- there is a need for highly specialised knowledge.
Interim managers must be highly qualified or experienced, so they can be briefed and start working immediately. Keith Hobson had feedback from a delighted client who said of an interim, "...she hit the ground running, did not need training, and without her the project could not have succeeded..."
So you need to hire an interim manager?
Of primary importance will be the quality of the contractor you get - remember you'll get what you pay for. But don't think it's expensive - the day-rate may seem high, but it will be cost-effective. Expect high productivity levels, as the
interim manager is focused on one task. Clients generally report an excellent return, and there is a rising number of clients who are widening their use of interim services.
Here's a guide to doing it right:
- be clear about your needs. Telepathy won't work. In your head, it all seems simple. But you must make sure the interim manager understands exactly what is required, so clearly define the project, the milestones and quality measures. Also decide on the timescales, giving the project defined limits so your interim can plan their time around your needs
- it's not a temporary placement. Hiring an interim brings you the skills you're lacking, specialist knowledge, or enables you to move your own staff into other projects and allow flexibility. The interim should be viewed as valuable asset. Remember, you may need their services again later, so it's wise to forge a good relationship
- use a well-respected interim provider. A reputable firm should be able to present you with a range of contractors. Use them to advise you which is the best for your needs. You'll have the security of knowing that there are others available if your own cannot continue (for example through illness).
You should also be able to count on ethical working practices - you need reliable interims who will not disappear to work on other client commitments. Check out the interim provider thoroughly and if possible get references from their clients
- the interim concept is not try before you buy. People who have chosen to do interim management have probably decided they don't want to work for an employer again
- don't be afraid to over-hire. If the project is worth it and you have the budget, hire at a higher level than you think you need, and you'll get even greater added-value benefits
- be clear about the project team structure. Decide who the interim manager will report to, and be sure you know how they'll be managed. Determine whether they can be effectively managed from off-site, e.g. during your absence through travel
- remember you can end or extend the relationship. Don't be afraid to admit it if it's not going anywhere. A great advantage of using an interim is the speed at which someone can be on-site and working, and equally the speed at which a contract can be terminated - and the ease of that termination. On the other hand, if you're delighted you can easily extend the contract term.
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