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The Role of Lead Implementers for Organizations

Created by Don Agaj |

A Lead Implementer is a person within an organization who is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of new systems, processes, and standards. They are often the key point of contact for the implementation team, working closely with other team members to ensure that the implementation is carried out smoothly and successfully.

A Lead Implementer is a person within an organization who is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of new systems, processes, and standards. They are often the key point of contact for the implementation team, working closely with other team members to ensure that the implementation is carried out smoothly and successfully. Lead Implementers may also be responsible for leading employees on the new systems, processes, and standards, as well as providing ongoing support and guidance as needed. In this article, we will explore the role of Lead Implementers in more detail, with a particular focus on their role in the implementation of ISO standards.

Understanding ISO Standards

In today's dynamic business landscape, organizations across diverse industries strive to maintain operational excellence, adhere to regulatory requirements, and enhance their overall performance. For many organizations, integral to achieving these objectives is the implementation of international standards provided by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

These standards provide a common set of guidelines or requirements for a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and finance, among others. In addition, many organizations implement ISO management system standards (MSS), which are applicable to all types of organizations, operating in any industry or location. According to the ISO, some widely adopted MSSs include ISO 9001 for quality management, ISO/IEC 27001 for information security management, ISO 14001 for environmental management, and ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety management.[i]

The Role of Lead Implementers in Implementing ISO Standards

Organizations that choose to adopt ISO standards must ensure implementing them correctly and consistently across the organization. However, successful integration of ISO standards demands meticulous planning, coordination, and oversight. This is where Lead Implementers step in, getting pivotal roles within organizations to orchestrate the implementation process effectively and drive organizational compliance and improvement efforts.

Lead Implementers can be considered Project Managers overseeing multifaceted initiatives or even Compliance Officers ensuring adherence to stringent regulations. They are responsible for coordinating the implementation process, ensuring that all necessary steps are taken and that all employees are trained and familiar with the new standards. This may include conducting gap analyses to identify areas where the organization currently falls short of meeting the requirements of the ISO standard, and developing and implementing a plan to address any gaps.

In addition to coordinating the implementation process, Lead Implementers may also be responsible for monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of the new ISO standard once it has been implemented. This may involve collecting data and feedback, as well as conducting audits to ensure that the standard’s requirements are being implemented consistently across the organization. Through these efforts, Lead Implementers ensure the organization not only meets the requirements set forth by ISO  standards but also continually improve the management system, thereby elevating the overall quality and consistency of its operations.

In the realm of implementing ISO standards, Lead Implementers leverage an array of tools and resources to streamline the process, ensuring efficient project management, thorough documentation, and meticulous compliance monitoring.

One notable software solution that supports these tasks is provided by This platform specifically aids Lead Implementers in managing the complexities associated with the implementation and ongoing management of ISO standards. It offers a centralized system for documenting processes, conducting risk assessments, and storing all pertinent information related to the ISO implementation.[ii]

Utilizing specialized software not only facilitates a structured approach to compliance but also significantly enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the ISO standard implementation process, making it an invaluable resource for both current and aspiring Lead Implementers.

The Importance of Lead Implementers

Lead Implementers are essential for the successful implementation of new systems, processes, and standards within an organization. Research underscores that the pivotal factor for a successful ISO standard implementation is the Manager/Lead Implementer’s active commitment and unwavering support throughout the implementation journey.[iii] The absence of effective Lead Implementers could render the process inefficient and lead to potential setbacks, or worse, failure.

ISO standards are designed to provide a common set of guidelines and requirements that help to ensure quality and consistency within an organization. However, when implementing new standards, the resistance of employees to change may increase.[iv] Overcoming this inertia is critical; for the standards to truly be effective, they must be embraced and applied uniformly by every employee, including the organization’s top management.

Lead Implementers are at the forefront of this transformation, ensuring the implementation process is not only efficient but also resonates with all team members. Their role extends beyond mere execution; they provide vital support and guidance, ensuring the organization navigates through the transition smoothly and cohesively.

Becoming a Certified Lead Implementer

Certification as a Lead Implementer for any ISO standard is paramount for ensuring proficiency in implementing quality management systems and demonstrating expertise in international standards. This certification not only elevates individuals but also enhances organizational excellence and competitiveness.

Individuals with experience in implementing various standards interested in becoming Lead Implementers may pursue certification through recognized bodies. Typically, certification involves passing an examination and fulfilling relevant work experience criteria, as well as Continual Professional Education (CPE) activities to maintain the certification status.

At TRECCERT, Lead Implementer certification is available for various ISO management system standards, including the following:

Certification programs may vary in requirements and covered knowledge and skills. To find a suitable Lead Implementer certification program, it is advisable to consult with recognized bodies like TRECCERT or searching online for accredited programs.


Maintaining Excellence Post-Certification

Certification marks an important milestone, yet what comes after holds equal importance in shaping success. It's crucial for Lead Implementers to stay updated on the latest best practices and industry developments. Continuing education and professional development opportunities such as conferences and workshops play a vital role in keeping Lead Implementers current and effective in their roles.

Many prestigious certification bodies, including TRECCERT, organize various events where professionals can not only learn about the latest developments and best practices in their field but also earn CPE credits. These events serve as an excellent opportunity for professionals to enhance their knowledge, network with peers, and maintain their certifications by fulfilling their continuing education requirements.


[i]International Organization for Standardization


[iii] Boiral, O. (2011). Managing with ISO Systems: Lessons from Practice. Long Range Planning, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 197-220.

[iv] Walgenbach, P. (2001). The Production of Distrust by Means of Producing Trust. Organization Studies, 22(4), 693-714.