Element Materials Technology

Continuous Improvement Manager

Job Locations UK-Edinburgh


Element has an opportunity for a new Continuous Improvement Manager to join our team in Newbridge, Edinburgh. 


The role will play a key role in embedding a culture of personal and collective accountability to deliver increasing value within the Shared Service Centre (SSC) function. Our goal is to deliver a World Class service to our stakeholders and developing and embedding a culture of continuous improvement across all the SSC teams is critical to this.


The role includes ‘hands on ‘implementing activity, together with developing the culture, associated processes, and measurements for success. Although there is no formal people management responsibility in this role, there will be a requirement for coaching, training, and overseeing colleagues as part of the projects and change initiatives.



  • Define and implement continuous improvement methodology and balanced scorecard reporting within the centre
  • Engrain continuous improvement into the culture, developing a network of CI champions
  • Improve business processes through the application of appropriate tools and techniques e.g. Lean Six Sigma
  • Perform process reviews and identify waste risks, controls, and improvement opportunities
  • Support and co-ordinate with SSC and wider finance and business teams to deliver business improvements
  • Act as a filter for new ideas that come from within the organisation, and advance those ideas that will improve organisational performance
  • In coordination with functional leads, support in leading the definition of savings / productivity targets and savings calculation methodology
  • Monitor realization of benefits, including tracking financial and qualitative results
  • Implement productivity measurement, and track progress through
  • Monthly / Quarterly productivity and KPI reporting, reporting regularly to
  • Leadership team and stakeholders on progress
  • Facilitate cross-functional working on problem solving activities and sharing of best practices
  • Analyse data to support decision making in process improvements
  • Build strong relationships with teams, prioritising and communicating opportunities
  • Support activity mapping exercises for processes and time-in-motion for employees in current state, and re-measure post-productivity initiatives to track actual attainment of productivity targets

Skills / Qualifications

  • Proven experience of implementing Continuous Improvement programmes across a multi-national and multi-functional SSC
  • Proven experience of implementing productivity and KPI reporting within an SSC environment
  • Experience of process mapping and other process improvement techniques
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving capacities to synthesise data, to generate meaningful insights
  • Ability to analyse and present data using MS Excel, PowerPoint, Power BI, and SharePoint
  • Highly organised and able to prioritise workload appropriately with a strong accounting background required
  • Skilled communicator and proven relationship builder, able to operate within a multitude of formal and informal networks while managing the competing interests of varied stakeholders


Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration businesses in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe
  • Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing
  • Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY.  We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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