There is no such thing as the perfect business. Every hour, inefficiencies and bad practice are going on without the owners’ knowledge, or the owners know they exist but are powerless to act. This is where the head of continuous improvement comes in. It is an analytical role that constantly audits every business process and looks for inefficiencies that can be ironed out. Depending on the size of the company, this can be a one-person job, heading up a small team or employing dozens of auditors to make the business better.
But it’s not just about the money – not directly, anyway. Often, an improvement is simply one that helps staff with their work and removes those irritations and bureaucracy that reduces job satisfaction. Sometimes it’s an environmental improvement that doesn’t have obvious financial implications but can have longer-term benefits. Improvement takes many forms, and once the head of continuous improvement has got under the skin of the company and found out exactly how it operates, it’s inevitable that the financial benefits will follow.
The job of head of continuous improvement has two main strands – analyzing the financial matters and seeking out other procedural activities that can be improved. You will need to be prepared to get your hands dirty (sometime literally) by delving into the business, talking to employees, observing and measuring the way people work and researching alternative methodologies that can create efficiencies.
The head of continuous improvement may sometimes need to make unpopular decisions, for example choosing to outsource elements of the business or making it less top-heavy if inefficiencies are identified. While the final decision will be made by the board, you must have the confidence in your convictions to make such recommendations. Of course, the opposite is also true, and your recommendations could lead to the growth of the company. As long as you have performed detailed analyses, you will be able to present accurate projections to the board.
Most businesses realise that they are sitting on inefficiencies and bad practice, but the best businesses do something proactive about it, and it’s these forward-looking businesses who come to Cast UK to help them find a head of continuous improvement. Because it falls under one of our specialisms, change and transformation, we can usually supply them with a shortlist of candidates in double quick time.
We only deal with recruitment of managerial and executive level candidates, so if you have the qualifications and the experience to become a head of continuous improvement for one of the UK’s top companies, call Cast UK today on 0333 121 3345.
Scotland's third most populous city after Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aberdeen is also known as the Granite City, since many of its beautiful 18th and 19th century buildings are constructed from the local stone. It's a great place for those seeking Head of Continuous Improvement vacancies.
There have been settlements in the region for over 8,000 years and it was an important site during the Wars of Scottish Independence.
Significant expansion occurred during the 19th century, with the growth of the shipbuilding and fishing industries, as well as textiles, metalwork, papermaking and stone quarrying. Much of the existing harbour was built during this time, including the Victoria Dock, the South Breakwater and part of the North Pier.
During the late 20th century, oil was discovered in the North Sea and Aberdeen has since become known as the oil capital of Europe. A number of off-shore oil rigs have been erected and companies in the region have begun to focus their efforts on finding renewable energy sources as well.
In addition to the energy and petrochemicals sector, Aberdeen is home to various research facilities that study everything from fisheries, soil, food, nutrition and agriculture through to technology and electronics design.
Just some of the firms that call Aberdeen home include Abbot Group Ltd, Dana Petroleum, Wood Group and Aberdeen Asset Management.
If you're searching for your next Head of Continuous Improvement role in Aberdeen, the recruitment consultants at Cast UK can help.
We can provide advice and assistance to help ensure the best results during your job hunt. What's more, our regional experts know the supply chain, logistics and procurement sector inside and out - and with their help, you will be better able to understand what employers are looking for and what you can expect in terms of salary and job opportunities in a particular area.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Aberdeen or source a new job in Aberdeen then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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