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.
Situated in the North West of England, Lancashire - sometimes called the County of Lancaster or simply Lancs - includes cities like Preston , Chorley, Burnley and Lancaster. Meanwhile, Blackpool and Blackburn are unitary authorities that are often grouped with the area.
Founded in the 12th century, the region played a pivotal role in the Wars of the Roses in the 1400s.
During the Industrial Revolution, the county began to grow in prominence, especially in regards to the shipping, coal, textile and metal industries. The Manchester Ship Canal passes through the region on its way to Merseyside, while a number of other canals create a network of waterways that were especially important during the late 1800s and early 20th century.
Today, Lancashire is home to a huge number of companies ranging from manufacturing to financial, education to travel and energy to defence, making it a great choice for those seeking Head of Continuous Improvement jobs.
Indeed, some of the top name brands that can be found in Lancashire include Leyland Trucks, Baxi, Crown Paints, Hanson plc and Thwaites Brewery, as well as Xchanging and National Savings and Investments. There's also BAE Systems Global Combat Systems, which produces military vehicles, and Rolls Royce.
Whether you're looking to take your career to the next level, or are just seeking a change of scenery, the recruitment consultants at Cast UK can provide the advice and assistance you need to find a new Head of Continuous Improvement role in Lancashire that suits your skills and qualifications.
Each member of our team has worked in supply chain, procurement and logistics jobs themselves, giving them a unique understanding of what each position entails.
What's more, our team of regional experts have a keen understanding of the job market in their area of expertise, and can provide the advice you need to get your career on the right path.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Lancashire or source a new job in Lancashire then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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