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.
One of the London Home Counties, Buckinghamshire also shares a border with Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire. It's a popular choice for those seeking Head of Continuous Improvement vacancies and offers a wealth of opportunities - for those who wish to live and work in the area, or commute to the capital.
During the industrial revolution, the region was known for its lace making and it's said that Queen Victoria used the delicate material for her pillows. After the arrival of the railway, furniture and paper production both took off in Buckinghamshire and heavy industry like the manufacture of train carriages was also big business.
Indeed, the 19th century was extremely lucrative for Buckinghamshire, and evidence of this can still be seen today in the many beautiful Victorian buildings that are spread across the county.
These days, Buckinghamshire's economy is mainly based in the service sector and studies have shown that it's one of the best places to live in the UK, with one of the highest life expectancies and some of the best school results in the country.
The region is still used for a lot of agricultural production, while furniture manufacture and pharmaceuticals are also major sources of employment.
What's more, the world-famous Pinewood Studios are located in Buckinghamshire. This studio has been the location of filming for a variety of big-name productions, including several James Bond films, the Superman franchise, Batman Returns and scenes from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
For anyone searching for Head of Continuous Improvement positions in Buckinghamshire, or other locations across the country, the recruitment consultants at Cast UK can help.
We have extensive knowledge of the logistics, procurement and supply chain industries and we work closely with clients and candidates to make the best match for every vacancy. In addition, our regional experts can provide specific advice about the employers and opportunities available in a particular area.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Buckinghamshire or source a new job in Buckinghamshire then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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