Job swaps: the essentials

Job Swap

1. What is a job swap?

  • A job swap can be a six to twelve month role within a supplier or retailer
  • It incorporates a "real" role with appropriate accountabilities 
  • It must be a role that wouldn’t break confidentialities or cause conflicts with a counterpart

2. Why job swap?

  • Personal development for high potential candidates
  • Strengthens the business relationship

3. Which candidates are appropriate for job swaps?

  • High potential candidates from middle management who are ready for their next move
  • Not too junior or senior. To get the most out of leadership learning timing in career needs to be right.
  • Someone with the right attitude who is flexible and resilient

4. What support is required during the swap?

  • Sponsors - both parties to act together, and regular reviews with swap candidates
  • Line manager - high level of support and challenge to maximise experience and development
  • HR and legal - from both organisations, confidentiality agreements in place
  • Mentor - more senior manager from outside of immediate team
  • Peer buddy - same work level, consider matching personal interests

5. Who pays the bills?

  • Swap candidates retain their employment status in their home companies, salary, expenses, relocation etc. paid for by home company

6. I’m in, what are the next steps...? 

Have you:

  1. identified a suitable candidate? Select the candidate first, then find a suitable role
  2. found a suitable role for incoming swap? Whether the role is within or in addition to headcount needs to be decided early on
  3. gained business buy-in?

Once these three key elements are in place, the final steps are:

  1. Business matching
  2. Legal framework between the organisations
  3. On-boarding process, relocation, induction etc.

Job swap case studies