Contract type: Fixed Term for 1 and 2 years (would also be suitable as a secondment opportunity)

Hours: F/T or P/T (min 80%)

About the role
Are you sometimes frustrated by unnecessary complexity in getting things done at work? Do you sometimes think: “Surely there’s a better way to do this”? Become a Focus Continuous Improvement (CI) Practitioner and you'll be taking a key role in the University’s change and continuous improvement team to bring these 'better ways' to fruition.

Focus works collaboratively with colleagues across central and academic departments, in support of the Professional Services strategy, on activities that enable and support staff in improving delivery of the professional and administrative services that support Oxford’s core mission of teaching and research. To achieve this, we are looking for people to join our team of Practitioners, who have expertise in Lean and continuous improvement tools and techniques, and can work within a benefits based, structured project methodology. These fixed-term (or secondment) opportunities have become available as Focus has been asked to contribute towards two significant University programmes, Digital Transformation and Everyday Safe.

The Focus CI Practitioner role is varied and challenging. In this role you will work with people across
the organisation including senior figures and sponsors, to steer often large improvement projects and achieve measurable benefits such as enhanced staff/customer satisfaction, saved time, reduced cost, or lowered risk. You will also guide and coach others in the application and development of their CI initiatives, act as a consultant and facilitator using CI approaches and operate as an ambassador for Continuous Improvement across the University.

About you
You will have a passion for and commitment to the continuous improvement work of the Focus team. You will have experience working successfully within a project methodology and in using CI tools and techniques. You will be able to demonstrate how you’ve used these skills to challenge constructively and introduce change. You will be a clear communicator with excellent organisational skills and the ability to work well with people in uncertain and/or complex situations. Your ability to work as part of a team and build strong and positive working relationships with colleagues across the organisation to achieve results will be critical to success in the role.

Application Process
If you would like to discuss this role please contact Sara Passmore using the following email address

You will be required to upload a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria, your curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before noon on Wednesday 5 April 2023 can be considered.

Interviews will be held week commencing 24 April 2023.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Job Location : Oxford
Company : University Of Oxford
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