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 0161 825 0825.
Probably best known for its beautiful university - which is more than 800 years old - Cambridge is a town in East Anglia. Situated on the River Cam, approximately 50 miles north of London, it offers a variety of options for those seeking Head of Continuous Improvement opportunities, particularly in the software and bioscience sectors.
The history of Cambridge is a long one and evidence suggests that people have been living in the region for over 3,500 years.
Throughout the Roman and Medieval periods, it was a small but prosperous market town with a busy trade route along the river. In 1284, Pembroke College was founded, the first part of what would later become the world-famous university.
During the 19th century, the city expanded due to a combination of improvements in agricultural production, as well as the railway's arrival in 1845, which encouraged the growth of heavy industry.
Much of the modern economy of Cambridge is linked to the university, and a number of science parks are situated on the outskirts of the city, many with close ties to the institution.
Cambridge Science Park, for example, is owned by Trinity College and is the oldest of its kind in Europe. It is home more than 100 companies in sectors including bio-medical, telecoms, computing, energy, environmental and industrial technology.
Just some of the top companies with offices or other facilities in Cambridge include Microsoft, Sinclair, Marshall Aerospace and Autonomy Corporation.
If you're on the hunt for Head of Continuous Improvement positions in Cambridge, Cast UK can help.
As experts in the logistics, procurement and supply chain fields, our team of recruitment consultants knows exactly what it takes to find the right job for your skills and qualifications and we are committed to matching the best talent to every vacancy.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Cambridge or source a new job in Cambridge then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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