Help I’m locked in!: Marc V.D.B. Country HR Manager a.i. DuPont Performance Coatings

How long have you worked as a freelancer?

I started as an Interim Manager in 2003. What I like most about being independent, is the diversity (different assignments, sizes, sectors, nationalities, etc.). Also, as a freelancer you are more distant from the company’s “internal politics”. So you don’t experience internal power struggles nor feel ‘biased’ when you give the company your advice. And because you are external, your advice is more easily accepted.

What kind of assignments do you undertake most of the time?

Most of my assignments last for around a year. I support companies starting an HR department, I coach people to reach a higher level, and I have a temporary HR role within a company while they search for a permanent HR manager. Most of the time my assignments are within companies that are going through change, eg after a split-up or a merger. This is also what I’m currently doing.

Why do you prefer working via an agency?

The matching of HR freelancers and assignments is a real profession. The agency does the networking and the marketing to fi nd assignments. They also take care to draw up good contracts, which is extremely important. That is why I stay in contact with a limited number of highly qualifi ed Interim Management Agencies.

Can you tell us any memorable story from your career?

As a freelancer, sometimes you get assignments that start very suddenly, so there is no time to arrange badges and things like that. So if you stay late on your fi rst day, you can fi nd yourself alone and locked into the building. I have had to call the caretakers more than once during my years as an interim manager.

As a freelancer you are more distant from the company’s internal politics. So you don’t experience internal power struggles nor feel biased when you give the company your advice.

Marc V.D.B.

HR Interim Manager

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