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Continuous Improvement Director.





Job reference: CH/TNT/89

Posted 5 months ago

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Location: Staffordshire

Role Overview: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented and dynamic Continuous Improvement Director to join our fast-paced Manufacturing business based in Staffordshire. This is a new position within the business although continuous improvement is not new to the company. Reporting to the CEO you will work closely with the Production Director and Technical Director to gain a good understanding of how the business operates.

Key Responsibilities:

Process Analysis and Optimisation:

  • Undertake thorough evaluations of the manufacturing processes, pinpointing areas for rejuvenation, streamlining workflows, and enhancing productivity.
  • Apply lean manufacturing principles and other process improvement methodologies to boost operational efficiency and uphold the highest standards of quality.
  • Collaborate with production teams to analyse data, uncover root causes of challenges, and devise strategies to enhance product quality and efficiency.
  • Develop and implement strategies that optimise manufacturing techniques, minimise wastage, and amplify production capabilities, all aligned with the company values.

Reviving Continuous Improvement Initiatives:

  •  Take the lead in rekindling a culture of continuous improvement across departments, particularly within manufacturing, engineering and quality control.
  •  Provide guidance through training sessions, workshops, and resource support to inspire employees to contribute actively to the enhancement of processes and operations.

Data Analysis and Reporting:

  • Collect, analyse, and interpret performance data to effectively gauge the impact of improvement efforts.
  • Compile comprehensive reports and dynamic presentations that communicate findings, progress, and recommendations clearly to the management team and stakeholders.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or a related field; a master’s degree is advantageous.
  • Established track record in process improvement and lean manufacturing principles, preferable within pottery or ceramics manufacturing, but not essential.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis tools and methodologies.
  • Certified as a Black Belt in Six Sigma, showcasing prowess in process improvement and project leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience in reviving and optimising manufacturing areas, re-establishing a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal abilities, enabling seamless collaboration with cross-functional teams.
  • Driven by tangible results, with a desire for driving positive change and achieving meaningful outcomes.
  • Self-motivated, capable of independently leading and steering improvement projects.
  • In-depth familiarity with manufacturing processes, materials, and quality control practices would be desired but not essential as a fresh set of eyes is more important.
  • Strong financial management skills.


  • c£85,000 - £125,000 (depending on experience) per annum.
  • Pension, Ltip, family healthcare and up to 30% bonus.
  • Opportunities for professional development and career progression within a growing organisation.

To apply for this opportunity, please fill in the form below quoting reference CH/TNT/89.