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.
Shropshire is a county in the West Midlands. It shares borders with Cheshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire, as well as Wales.
Those seeking Head of Continuous Improvement roles in Shropshire will have a variety of options to consider, as the county is home to a number of thriving communities - such as the county town of Shrewsbury, Telford, Wellington, Newport, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry and Whitchurch.
What's more, there is a wide range of beautiful natural areas in the region, each one perfect for relaxing during your days off. These include the Shropshire Hills, Wenlock Edge and the Long Mynd. There's also Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve - it's one of the best-preserved wetland areas in the country.
Historically an agricultural county, Shropshire's modern economy is mainly based on the service sector. Tourism and retail are also important, while the larger towns are also home to some industry and tech companies.
Just some of the businesses that can be found in Shropshire include Muller Dairy, Unimation, Nikon, Hitachi Maxell and Ricoh.
What's more, the RAF has two bases in the region and the PDSA's head office is in Telford.
As experts in the supply chain, procurement and logistics sectors, the team at Cast UK are perfectly suited to help you find the right Head of Continuous Improvement vacancy for your requirements.
We work with clients and candidates across the country and the knowledge we have built up over the years can help you to secure a role that matches your skills, qualifications and long term objectives.
In addition, our regional specialists can provide valuable insight into what it's like to live and work in a particular area - something that's especially useful for those who are relocating to a different part of the country.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Shropshire or source a new job in Shropshire then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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