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.
Located in West Yorkshire in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees, Huddersfield is a large town that sits approximately halfway between Leeds and Manchester.
Since Saxon times, Huddersfield has been a market town and it has also long been known for its manufacturing capabilities. Textiles and woven items were some of the town's main produce for hundreds of years, while agricultural goods and milling were also vital for its economy through to the 18th century.
Huddersfield was a major player during the Industrial Revolution and its success during this time can still be seen in the beautiful Victorian architecture dotted around the town - particularly the Grade I listed railway station.
These days, Huddersfield is still largely a manufacturing town with lots of opportunity for those seeking Head of Continuous Improvement positions. The region is home to various large-scale textile companies like C & J Antich and Huddersfield Fine Worsteds. The latter supplies to top-name fashion houses like Prada, Armani, Givenchy and Chanel.
Of course, the region's scope for production has been broadened and other companies are mainly based in the chemicals and engineering markets. Cummins Turbo Technologies manufactures turbochargers, while Syngenta AG is known for crop protection chemicals. There's also Trojan Plastics, which produces stylish baths.
In addition, Poundstretcher operates its headquarters in nearby Deighton and Andrew Jones Pies is in Huddersfield.
Whether you're looking for Head of Continuous Improvement positions in Huddersfield or elsewhere in the country, Cast UK can help you land your ideal role.
As experts in recruitment for the logistics, procurement and supply chain sector, our consultants have extensive knowledge about the various employers across the country and we will work with you to find the right role for your skills and qualifications.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Huddersfield or source a new job in Huddersfield then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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