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Continuous Improvement Lead - Genomic Surveillance


£48,879 - £57,500

The Opportunity:

Spanning across both Malaria and COVID genomic surveillance activities the primary objective of this role is to integrate continuous improvement principles within the group. The Continuous Improvement Lead will drive a culture change through mentoring and coaching members of the team in continuous improvement principles and techniques.

About the Team:

The Service Delivery team is responsible for the delivery of the end-to-end service, producing high quality data products and surveillance reports, at scale, in a timely manner and at a low cost. In the last 18 months, the team has expanded the genomic surveillance service to support the national response to the covid-19 pandemic.

About the Role:

The role will be responsible for planning and implementing multiple projects spanning several delivery teams within the group, acting as an internal consultant to implement improvement strategies. The individual will continuously challenge thinking and look for opportunities to improve business processes using recognised methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma and Agile.

About you:

You must have the skills to analyse and challenge existing business processes to find opportunities for improvement and identify losses, carrying out root cause analyses as required. Any changes and improvements must be monitored to ensure desirable results by establishing measurable standards at the start of a project and comparing actual results against these.

You will be a key member of the team, providing supervisory support and mentoring to team members with limited grounding in continuous improvement while ensuring current, critical processes are not disturbed and can continue.

Essential Skills

Technical Skills:

  • Understand process improvement techniques and experience applying them for example Lean six sigma, Statistical Process Control, Agile 
  • Demonstrable experience of managing successful projects across a range of areas to meet or exceed expectations 
  • Able to critically evaluate and analyse individual processes and projects using statistical process control techniques 
  • Competent at creating reports and communicating with all levels at the institute 
  • Sound analytical skills including the ability to utilise common tool sets such as spreadsheet, flowcharting and presentation packages 
  • Ability to produce concise, unambiguous and structured documentation for audiences of varying technical ability 

Competencies and Behaviours:

  • Experience mentoring and inspiring other team members and setting the direction for many initiatives 
  • Experience leading development and delivery of workshops to train and develop staff in new skills 
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders, prioritising and managing their expectations 
  • A highly collaborative and consultative approach
  • Ability to quickly understand technical and process challenges and break down complex problems into actionable steps 
  • Ability to work in a frequently changing environment with the capability to interpret management information 
  • Ability to work independently whilst prioritising, managing your own workload, and delivering agreed activities consistently on time 
  • Strategic thinking, ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ 


Ideal Skills

Technical Skills

  • Proficiency and experience in data analysis of large sets of data

Other information

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role using the criteria set out above and in the job description