Success Story: Suominen
Q&A with Hannu Sivula, SVP of Human Relations at Suominen.
Q: When you approached Ferovalo on behalf of Suominen, what were your needs?
A: We required a seasoned Business Controller to work closely with our CFO. In this role, analytical and development skills were required, and this was reflected in the profile we were looking for.
Q: In using an Interim Manager, what was the benefit for Suominen?
A: We were very happy with the speed with which the Interim Manager could start, as well as his skills and experience. With traditional recruitment, the lead time can be much longer and the acclimation and training period can be more freely adjusted. With an interim solution, we are looking for an overqualified and experienced candidate who can take control of the position on the fly.
Q: Did Ferovalo help you achieve what you set out to do?
A: We were happy. The immediate challenge was dealt with effectively and we bought ourselves time to find a permanent solution for the future.
Q: How did the process start?
A: We had a key employee leave our company unexpectedly and we did not have an in-house successor to this position in place. In our organization, this function has usually been located in our US office. The shorter notice periods in the States caused us to find a replacement quickly. In our organization, we were aware of Ferovalo and Elina Liehu and we contacted them. This put the process in motion.
Q: From the point of view of HR, when should you consider an Interim Manager?
A: As a starting point, I would say that Interim Managers should be considered as an option more often than at present. In a variety of change, development, and roll-out situations, companies should consider Interim Management as an alternative much more often than now. A temporary or interim solution enables you to leverage your assets and use an overqualified solution – this is where Interim Management comes into its own. Crisis situations are another situation where using an Interim Manager is usually the number one choice.
Q: What are the benefits for HR in using Interim Managers?
A: It is simply the experience, qualifications, speed, independence, and flexibility.
Q: Would you recommend Ferovalo to others?
A: Yes, definitely. Our cooperation has been very good.