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.
Loughborough is a town in the north of Leicestershire, close to the Nottinghamshire border. It has been a market town since the Middle Ages, serving the cities and villages in the vicinity, but it is perhaps best known in modern times for its university. Loughborough is in the middle of a triangle formed by Leicester, Nottingham and Derby (all of which have their counties named after them), which are all roughly 10 miles (16 km) distant. Loughborough is served by the M1 motorway, and the A6 runs through the town on its way to Leicester. The town has good railway links to the aforementioned cites.
Loughborough University is generally regarded as being one of the best universities in the nation, but if its sports and engineering subjects are isolated, it could easily be in the top three or four. Much groundbreaking research has gone on in these fields, and the university attracts sporting coaches and strategists, aerospace engineers and students of certain crossover disciplines such as motor racing. Although best known for these technical disciplines, the university does offer the full range of subjects.
Loughborough is not particularly industrialised, but it does have several technical and research parks that are linked to the university. The town remains a thriving market town and the student population ensures its entertainment and nightlife needs to be kept well stocked. Taken together, this could be promising for anyone seeking Head of Continuous Improvement work in Loughborough itself, but with three quite industrialised cities on the doorstep, the outlook appears even brighter.
Cast UK never stop working with procurement, logistics and supply chain clients and applicants from across the country, and are dedicated to filling each position with the best talent possible.
If you’re on the lookout for more information on the Head of Continuous Improvement positions available in Loughborough or anywhere else in the UK, please get in touch so we can talk about what’s on offer.
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To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Loughborough or source a new job in Loughborough then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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