Non-job of the week

August 17, 2011 11:58 AM

If I continue to write about Oxford City Council, I am worried I will get an e-mail from their solicitor accusing me of harassing them! I am going to risk it again this week though. On 1 June I wrote the council was looking for a Business Improvement Partner. It seems all has not gone to plan, and it is advertising the post once again. Perhaps someone is trying to tell them something or perhaps the Performance Improvement Manager is getting lonely?

Non-Job of the WeekThe City of London Corporation is looking for an Equalities and Diversity Manager. The successful applicant will have "a strong emphasis on adding practical value to our equality and diversity work in service delivery, you will have a proven diversity/equalities skill set and be able to operate at both a strategic level – analysing performance against national standards and developing key policies, as well as at an operational level – providing pragmatic advice and effective solutions to build on and enhance our performance."

In other words they will be able to tick the right boxes! It is illegal to discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, or sexual orientation. As we said in our report last year:

Many local councils have created mini-departments to comply with this policy agenda. Again the disparities across councils are evidence that the hiring of specific staff is not necessary.

The winning council this week though is Gloucester City Council, who is advertising for two Business Improvement Officers. It seems as if every council across the country has decided to open mini-departments to implement change. When you look our Town Hall Rich List from this year though, you will see the chief executive is not working on poverty stricken wages. He managed to get a pay rise in 2009/9 of 5.1%, and there are many managers beneath him who are well paid to implement change. They should have been doing it anyway!

 

2 x BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT OFFICER

Temporary contracts for up to 12 months

  • Salary – £23,708 per annum – bar at £26,276


Do you want to be at the heart of change? Are you motivated and enthusiastic? Do you want to change the way we deliver services to Customers? Then this role is for you!

We are looking for two people to join the Business Improvement team. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the development and implementation of our change programme / Channel Strategy. You will be working closely with a range of services to make them more efficient, effective and customer focused.

You will need to be a highly effective communicator with the skills to be able to listen and relay information in a variety of formats. You will need to be able to maintain momentum, to achieve outcomes, and implement and manage change.

Ideally you should be able to evidence practical experience in a range of business improvement methods including LEAN and Systems Thinking. You should have an innovative approach to problem solving and have a great attention to detail.

 

 

 

 If I continue to write about Oxford City Council, I am worried I will get an e-mail from their solicitor accusing me of harassing them! I am going to risk it again this week though. On 1 June I wrote the council was looking for a Business Improvement Partner. It seems all has not gone to plan, and it is advertising the post once again. Perhaps someone is trying to tell them something or perhaps the Performance Improvement Manager is getting lonely?

Non-Job of the WeekThe City of London Corporation is looking for an Equalities and Diversity Manager. The successful applicant will have "a strong emphasis on adding practical value to our equality and diversity work in service delivery, you will have a proven diversity/equalities skill set and be able to operate at both a strategic level – analysing performance against national standards and developing key policies, as well as at an operational level – providing pragmatic advice and effective solutions to build on and enhance our performance."

In other words they will be able to tick the right boxes! It is illegal to discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, or sexual orientation. As we said in our report last year:

Many local councils have created mini-departments to comply with this policy agenda. Again the disparities across councils are evidence that the hiring of specific staff is not necessary.

The winning council this week though is Gloucester City Council, who is advertising for two Business Improvement Officers. It seems as if every council across the country has decided to open mini-departments to implement change. When you look our Town Hall Rich List from this year though, you will see the chief executive is not working on poverty stricken wages. He managed to get a pay rise in 2009/9 of 5.1%, and there are many managers beneath him who are well paid to implement change. They should have been doing it anyway!

 

2 x BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT OFFICER

Temporary contracts for up to 12 months

  • Salary – £23,708 per annum – bar at £26,276


Do you want to be at the heart of change? Are you motivated and enthusiastic? Do you want to change the way we deliver services to Customers? Then this role is for you!

We are looking for two people to join the Business Improvement team. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the development and implementation of our change programme / Channel Strategy. You will be working closely with a range of services to make them more efficient, effective and customer focused.

You will need to be a highly effective communicator with the skills to be able to listen and relay information in a variety of formats. You will need to be able to maintain momentum, to achieve outcomes, and implement and manage change.

Ideally you should be able to evidence practical experience in a range of business improvement methods including LEAN and Systems Thinking. You should have an innovative approach to problem solving and have a great attention to detail.

 

 

 

 

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