What is the status of the interim manager?

Published on : 21 May 20203 min reading time

Using the services of an interim manager is for some companies an unavoidable option to help them deal with specific projects whose stakes are crucial for their future life. When called upon to deal with a significant change, the professional can intervene in all sectors of activity and affects all functions of the company. Depending on the duration of his intervention, he may have several statuses. Find out more about them.

Salary portage

With his or her status as an interim manager, the interim manager is regarded as an employee of the company, but at the same time as an entrepreneur. In other words, he or she performs an independent function but benefits from the same social security cover as all employees. Thus, the manager invoices his fees to his clients who pay him his remuneration once the carrying costs have been deducted. The latter can vary between 3% and 15%. In addition, as a self-employed person, he works on a given project in a totally independent manner by creating his own structures. Very often, he is relieved of all administrative procedures and occupies the position of senior manager. Despite the fact that, in a way, they are an integral part of the company, interim managers in wage portage are not recognised externally.

The employee on a fixed-term contract

The duration of an interim manager’s intervention can vary from 2 months to 2 years depending on the project. Thus, the longer the duration of his or her assignments, the more it is in his or her interest to join the company by taking on the status of a fixed-term contract. In his mission, he will have to work outside the company and it is this status that will allow him to act on behalf of the company. As an employee, he is subject to the internal regulations in force like all other employees. The duration of his contract is thus defined in advance according to the schedule that he proposes to his clients. However, it will be extended if necessary depending on the results.

The interim manager as a self-employed person

Very often in this status, the interim manager intervenes on a very ad hoc basis and for a fairly short period of time. However, as a self-employed person, he can prospect on his own and by his own means directly with firms, be part of a group of interim managers or a firm specialising in interim management. For the latter option, he invoices his fees to the firm that refers him to the companies. Likewise, joining the group would enable him to benefit from the advantages offered by the network for his future assignments. In this mode of operation, the professional works as an agent for a specific project such as crisis management, the setting up of a new structure or the temporary replacement of an executive… He cannot therefore intervene with IORPs. If, however, for the needs of his missions, it is necessary for him to acquire this function, some adjustments are possible. The manager can, for example, be defined as an employee for only a few days per month. Depending on the length of his or her duties, he or she may temporarily turn to fixed-term contracts or even to salary management.

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