I'd appreciate some advice on working a senior employee within your functional area but not within your reporting structure.
I'm starting a new job later this month managing the IT & MI team. This includes management of a small team, projects and budget for this part of the business. There is a very experienced contractor who worked with the firm for 18 years, and has implemented a number of bespoke software systems and large chunks of their infrastructure. This contractor is not part of my team, but obviously it is important for the company and for us both as individuals that we have an effective relationship and can work together effectively.
I'm not concerned that I need to 'assert my authority' or anything like that, I'm not going into it assuming there will be major issues around authority. What I'd appreciate is advice on how to manage this type of relationship effectively. I think it's important that he is involved in the weekly team meeting (and likely daily stand up if I still want to implement that after a few months); I'd also like to have a 121esque meeting weekly but am concerned this may come across wrong as he doesn't report to me. I think something else to take a 121s place, which may well be very similar would be beneficial.