Non-job of the week

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets' Parking Services is looking for a Policy and Performance Enhancing Manager. Paying between £42,258 - £44,910, the candidate will have to fit-in with the Service ethos, "firm but fair" (no, I'm not joking!)

The council has done itself no favours by giving the role a ridiculous job title, and a job description that goes on for 2000 words. We are told the successful applicant will manage a team of up to 12 people. I am assuming these 12 people will be office-based staff (as there is no mention of managing parking wardens), which then makes me wonder how many people there are working in Parking Services. This may or may not be a non-job, but there are times when you read job descriptions and you realise the longer they are, the more pointless the job is!

I have written a number of times about Oxford City Council. It seems its appetite for creating new jobs goes unabated. There are so many of them with similar titles, I have just spent some time making sure a Business Improvement Manager hasn't been on my radar before.

I say this because the council has had to advertise twice for a Performance Improvement Manager, and it has previously advertised for a Business Improvement Partner. You can see where the confusion comes from. This is on top of the Tenants Involvement and Development Officer I highlighted last month.

This council seems awash with cash for all sorts of pets projects, it really is difficult to keep up with them all. I would be interested to hear from residents in Oxford to see if they have noticed council services improving over recent months.


Business Improvement Manager

Employer:Oxford City Council

Salary: £41,616 with possible progression to £46,673

CRB check: No

Location: OX1 1BX


Main Duties & Responsibilities

To lead a team of programme, project and change professionals to provide flexible, multi-skilled, professional delivery advice and implementation support to the Council’s portfolio of change programmes and projects.

To develop and lead on the Council’s change and improvement strategy and embed across the Council a robust and practical approach to programme, project management and business improvement underpinned by principles of MSP, PRINCE2 and best practice approaches to business process improvement.

To own and development of the corporate programme office to provide a central knowledge hub for all Council programmes and projects and support Directors and Heads of Service to lead and successfully deliver the Council’s corporate change agenda.

To work with the Head of Business Improvement and other senior management to define and drive a culture of performance improvement through the delivery of technical and business-focussed corporate improvement programmes.

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