Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) for growth businesses

I work as an interim COO with founders and CEOs.

Working with me as an interim chief operating officer (COO) gives you hands-on rigour, direction and expertise in scaling your business fast.

The Chief Operating Officer role is like glue for the organisation. It holds everything together, providing organisational cadence, relentlessly executing a business plan and holding leadership teams to account.

An interim COO like me might be what you need if:

  • You need experienced operational leadership in a crisis
  • You’re struggling with increasingly complexity in your business
  • You’re in constant firefighting mode in your scale-up business
  • You’re recruiting for a CEO or COO but can’t wait for a permanent hire
  • You’ve had a senior resignation and want to ensure transitional stability

By working with me as your interim COO, I can help you build a resilient organisation that scales faster. I can help overcome the inevitable challenges of scaling a business, building capacity and accountability among leaders in your business for the future.

Who I work with as an interim COO

I work with businesses that have achieved enough product-market fit and are funded to scale. They typically:

Are aiming for substantial annual revenue growth

Have an open, results-oriented mindset

Value progressive and agile principles

Have a remote or hybrid workstyle

Working with an interim COO

I work hands-on as your interim Chief Operating Officer for a fixed term engagement.

I collaborate closely with your leadership team, investors and board to help your business to become more stable, resilient and growth-focussed.

At the end of our work together I ensure a seamless handover to a permanent Chief Operating Officer or other senior executive role.

“Simon is an experienced business leader, who always brings a calm, measured and constructive approach, even in the toughest of moments. Simon has high emotional intelligence and is a trustworthy, loyal and hardworking member of the team, who is always willing to step up and help solve issues. I enjoyed working with Simon and would happily do so again.”

Natalie Taylor, Chief Growth Officer at Foundry4

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