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.
A county located on the southern coast of England, and sharing borders with Dorset, Berkshire, Wiltshire, West Sussex and Surrey, Hampshire is the largest county in the south-east and is home to a number of important settlements including Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke and Winchester. It's a good choice for those seeking Head of Continuous Improvement vacancies.
People have been living in the Hampshire region for thousands of years, with Neolithic settlers building hill forts and farms in the area. The Celts, Saxons, Angles, Romans and Normans also had communities here.
The port towns of Portsmouth and Southampton have long been important points for trade with the rest of the world, particularly with America in the 17th to 19th centuries. The Titanic set sail for her ill-fated maiden voyage from Southampton in 1912. Today, the city is a major port for cruise ships - it is home to the headquarters of Carnival UK - and it also processes a significant number of cargo and container ships.
Just some of the many companies based in Hampshire today include BAE Systems Surface Ships, IBM, Zurich, The Automobile Association, Motorola and Sony Professional Solutions.
Ford has an assembly plant in Hampshire, which primarily manufactures the brand's Transit models, while the region is also known for its pharmaceuticals, insurance, communications, IT and electronics sectors.
Based in Manchester, Cast UK is one of the country's leading recruitment specialists for the procurement, logistics and supply chain sectors.
We work with clients and candidates throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to find the best talent for every vacancy. So if you're looking for Head of Continuous Improvement positions in Hampshire, get in touch today.
A member of our team will work with you to establish your qualifications and skills and then provide the advice and assistance you need to find a role that suits your abilities and career objectives.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Hampshire or source a new job in Hampshire then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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