How to be a successful interim


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What does it take to be a successful pharmaceutical physician interim?

A very insightful read for those looking to move their career into this direction or wishing to know more information on the topic, written by a physician with over 25 years experience in the industry.

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How to be a successful interim

  1. 1. Many PharmaceuticalPhysicians work in theindustry on an interim basis.In this special insight, BartBierman explains the innerworkings of this area.
  2. 2. There are many kinds of interims, varying between outsourced employees or self employed contractors to expert consultants on expert hourly fees. Positions vary between simple gap management (pregnancy leave, vacancy filling up), long term (clinical) project management and/or clinical study monitoring and specific expertise professionals on a freelance contractor basis, like sr. clinical project managers, medical advisors etc. These are the types of interim professionals I would like to focus on. In case of contracting the interim this is not alwaysBeing an interim requires a lot from a professional. possible. To start with; in order to fit into the manyFirst and foremost the interim needs to realise that situations, one needs to have an easily acceptedsatisfying the client’s needs goes beyond meeting personality, open and friendly – or the ability to actor exceeding employer’s expectations. Often the in a convincing manner. Quality always matters, theinterim will only be invited when other internal interim needs to be able to adapt quickly and beand/or external solutions have failed, the project – client oriented. It is quite common to have aoften not the easiest or most popular kind of work different position in each client company, so leveling- is under serious time pressure and expectations position and discipline needs to come naturally.are high, whilst the possibilities of leaning on a Understanding the assignment’s “real” goal, oftenteam are relatively low. In most organizations, not explicitly specified or documented in briefings iscolleagues will be watching you, discuss your an essential part of the decision to accept anattitude, your cost, your car and your deliveries. assignment or not. Not understanding the goalTherefore, professionalism, commitment, cost- between the lines or neglecting will impact upon theefficiency and motivation are essential elements. assignment’s success. Above all, good results comeOne simply cannot be the average colleague. from working hard and being goal oriented, a keyword here is flexibility. Being flexible not only inAn interim has to invest in a company which will working hours and location, but also in the ability topay him for his delivery, without much of an adapt swiftly to changes and to go the full mile toexchange of loyalty between parties. It is a mere satisfy the client is transaction compared to the marriagekind of relation which characterises permanent Having stated all of this, you would think the interimemployment. There is much less room for learning manager is a kind of super human. This of course isfrom mistakes, leaning on colleagues, or smoothing not true. The interim knows about the aboveout errors by the simple progress of time. characteristics and expectations and is able toEmployment is characterised by an optimal match manage these, often only timely. In many cases –between employer and employee – and a lot of after a while the “magic” is over, the interimstime is taken to find such a fit. solutions are known in the organisation, and slowly but certainly he/she is moulded in as a normal colleague - though with the well known high fee. Bart Bierman (25+ Years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry) inspiring medical recruitment