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Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist

  • Location:Aberdeen (Aberdeen)
  • Ref:104/499
  • Pay Rate Negotiable
  • Duration: Temporary
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Contact: CRS


Our client, a Major Oil and Gas Operator, have a vacancy for a Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist on a long-term contract basis to be based in Aberdeen.

The purpose of the role is to accelerate the creation of a CI culture across the organisation by supporting the delivery of three key elements:
a) building CI capability across the business via hands on coaching and training,
b) improvement project execution that achieves demonstrable business results,
c) building leader level CI behaviours. The role will operate across onshore and offshore locations as needed.

- Contribute to developing an integrated site/plant/facility/function CI deployment plan and lead its execution ultimately linked to the business strategy and results, and founded on the key projects identified for driving cultural change in Improvement Plan.
- Lead projects as a project manager, advisor, coach or trainer
- Participate in CI workshops, steering teams, ensuring compliance with RDS CI Standards, etc.

2. DELIVER & GROW CAPABILITY: Coach CI champions and project managers with simple, practical approaches to deliver CI and other Process Improvement and Cost Reduction programs.
- Develop CI capability more broadly through selected Change Agents and Improvement networks / programs, Facilitate Teamwork (Cross functional Project Teams) and deliver CI workshops and targeted learning interventions to address specific problems/skills gaps.
- Lead the trainings with the support of CI Coaches and/or the CI Centre of Expertise.

- Support leadership alignment and drive CI behaviour for leaders (e.g. active use of Visual Management and recurring huddles, drive Go See practice and use of Socratic Questioning method etc.)
- Drive End-to-end process thinking and ways of working
- Develop strong examples of business performance improvement success to be shared across the organisation and create a stepping-stone to expand CI activities to the next level. Requirements
- Experienced Lean Master or certified Six Sigma BB (minimum)
- Well-developed coaching skills of line managers and process workers
- Has Kaizen Facilitation experience
- Understanding of how to build sustainable change in organisations through Lean Management (e.g. Toyota Production System principles) - Self-starter and skills to become effective very quickly in a complex environment like the one of company
- Excellent communication and engagement skills
- Ability to deliver work through influence; successful candidates will be able to evidence strong examples of changing “hearts and minds” and are therefore most likely to be “people” rather than “project” led change agents. Oil and gas sector preferred but not essential.

Proficiency level of Sr CI Specialist as per CI Skill Matrix:
- Business acumen & partnering - Skill
- Change management & communication - Skill
- Program & Project management – Skill
- CI deployment - Skill
- Coaching - Skill
- Training & facilitation - Skill
- Performance management - Skill
- Structured problem solving - Skill
- Data analysis - Skill
- Process & data management - Skill
- Automation - Knowledge

Leadership attributes:
- Authenticity: Curious to understand and drive business value, understands and speaks language of business. Provides constructive feedback to peers and leaders.
- Collaboration: Collaboration and business partnering internal and external to organization. Pro-actively coach and offer help/support.
- Growth: Leverages data and information to bring new opportunities to leadership.
- Leads organization movement from CI Tools to CI Behaviours Performance: Work with the Business to define high level targets/goals.
- Coach and develop for performance at all levels of organization

Additional Information A versatile professional, candidates will need to readily demonstrate the ability to act both as a change agent and coach. Suitable candidates will have experience setting up Continuous Improvement agendas and delivering substantial, successful programmes. The ability to engage effectively and influence people on all levels in the organisation is key.

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