Continuous Improvement Manager

Company : IOP Publishing
Location : Bristol
Closing Date : 18.07.21
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The Continuous Improvement Manager reports into the Head of Business Improvement and is accountable for establishing and maintaining a culture of Continuous Improvement (CI) and embedding quality management principles across the company. The role is responsible for delivering the CI strategy, working across all functions within the business to eliminate wasteful activity and establish sustainable working practices. Working directly with different teams in different functions and with stakeholders at all levels, the role is responsible for building awareness of and capability in CI to motivate teams, departments and individuals. The role looks to integrate and develop new ways of working, define problems and seek solutions in order to implement CI and deliver ROI.Key job accountabilities include:• Developing an overall vision and roadmap for CI within the business• Building awareness of CI and opportunities for improvement across all departments to foster a culture of CI across the business• Developing and implementing a company-wide CI program with measurable outcomes• Designing, running and coordinating training sessions and workshops• Translating techniques and methodology into actionable steps for business benefit• Winning engagement from senior managers as demonstrated through involvement in CI initiatives• Acting as a CI mentor to staff across the business• Liaising with senior management to ensure projects are being selected that align with business strategy and goals• Identifying, reporting and communicating risks, issues, challenges and successes across the business• Managing the individual performance, development, training and recruitment of CI Champions and direct reports to help build a high performing network who remove wasteful activity across the company• Allocating resources across departments/functions to ensure CI targets are consistently metAbout youTo be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate the following:• Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt (required)• Significant experience in business analysis / continuous improvement techniques e.g. Lean• Significant experience in project management and/or management experience, with a proven track record• Sound working knowledge of general business processes and typical organisation architecture• Proven track record across the areas of change management and continuous improvement culture• Excellent communication skills with an ability to build rapport and influence teams, including changing hearts and minds• Ability to conduct and interpret quantitative and qualitative analyses on complex cross-functional matters• Ability to challenge the current status quo and influence both upwards and downwards• Enthusiastic and self-motivated• Experienced and skilled in presenting to a variety of stakeholdersAbout the benefitsIn addition to a competitive salary, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, discretionary annual bonus scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and generous annual leave, and a range of flexible benefits including cycle to work and gym membership.Our modern and contemporary offices are based in the thriving city centre of Bristol, a stone’s throw away from Temple Meads train station, and within walking distance of Cabot Circus shopping centre, and numerous cafés and restaurants. Named on more than one occasion as the best city in the UK to live in, Bristol is a cosmopolitan and creative city boasting a historic harbour, internationally renowned cultural institutions and home to world-class festivals and events.This role is based at our Bristol office. Blended and flexible working will be considered with regular office attendance informed by business needs and subject to the local Covid-19 situation.To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter highlighting your skills and experience and how these apply to the role, and why you are interested in this opportunity and IOP Publishing.About usIOP Publishing is an international scientific publisher, through which leading-edge research is distributed worldwide. Our rapidly expanding journals programme is published alongside other sources of scientific information in the form of eBooks, magazines and conference proceedings. Other publications include easily accessible community and regional websites. We are a world leader in the development of electronic publishing for the scientific community and have offices in Europe, Asia and the US. Working in the interests of science and scientists, we aim to maximise the impact of the research we publish.IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to supporting science through the activities of the Institute. With a continuing focus on growth, we recognise that every single person has a real part to play if we’re to achieve our aim of becoming the world’s leading publisher in our field.We are seeking a diverse range of candidates and particularly welcome applicants from under-represented backgrounds.