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.
Home to more than 7.5 million people and covering around 1,500 sq km, Greater London is an administrative division that was created in 1965.
Comprising the City of London, as well as the 32 London boroughs, it is often described as the region inside the M25, although this isn't exactly accurate. What's more, it offers a wealth of choice for those seeking Head of Continuous Improvement opportunities.
The centre of the British government, Greater London is home to various official bodies and it's also the financial hub of the country, with just some of the big companies based here including Lloyds, Barclays and Citibank. Other top companies with headquarters or other facilities here include Reuters, Ford, Warburtons, Tate & Lyle, Nestle and John Lewis.
What's more, transportation and shipping are essential for keeping Greater London running. Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, seeing around 69 million passengers a year, as well as a significant amount of cargo.
Meanwhile, several mainline rail companies travel into London and Transport for London helps millions of passengers get across the capital every day via bus, Tube, DLR and tram. There's also the Port of London Authority, which deals with commercial freight on the River Thames.
Whether you're ready to take your career to the next level, or you're searching for new responsibilities in a different Head of Continuous Improvement position in Greater London, the team at Cast UK can help.
As recruitment experts in the supply chain, procurement and logistics sectors, we work closely with clients and candidates across the country to match the right talent to each role.
We understand what it takes to be a successful applicant for every position and we can provide the advice and assistance you need to get your job hunt off to a great start.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Greater London or source a new job in Greater London then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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