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CI Business Partner


Corby, ENG, GB, NN17 9FH Göteborg, Västra Götaland, SE, 412 50 Madrid, M, ES, 28108 Alco Frankfurt, Hesse, DE, 60327 Warsaw, MZ, PL, 02-672 Oslo, 03, NO, 0663 Munich, DE, 81829 Dublin, IE, 12 Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, DK, 2400 Sesto San Giovanni, MI, IT, 20099

Brand:  RS Group
Function:  Programme Management
Work Location:  Hybrid

Location: EMEA

Remote/Office/Hybrid: Hybrid

Employment Type: Permanent


About the role

The RS Group Executive Management Team have an ambitious strategy to embed “CI as the way we work, not extra work” by simplifying the way we do things, delivering significant CI benefits and being Customer obsessed.

Reporting to the Director of Group CI , you will be leading and driving the CI programme in the defined areas.  As the CI Business Partner, you will work with the local leadership teams at all levels as well as being part of the Group CI Senior Leadership team, to establish group CI targets, support the delivery of Lean training and projects as well as increasing the CI understanding, skill set and desired CI behaviours within the group.  


What you will do:


  • Work with Region / Functional Executive and Leadership teams to set CI targets aligned to the strategic priorities and goals
  • Recommend application of appropriate Lean, Six Sigma or alternative CI methodologies (e.g. Agile, Prince2, ITIL etc) to achieve these objectives
  • Drive functional / regional teams to create and implement plans to achieve objectives, on time and in full (OTIF)
  • Identify and lead the delivery of strategic CI (Lean Six Sigma) projects to achieve financial targets, by using Lean Six Sigma and Process Improvement methodologies, tools and techniques and appropriate project management and change management concepts
  • Identify  and develop candidates for the CI programme, i.e. Lean Academy, Yellow Belt, Green or Black Belt and deliver training, coach and certify to the RS GROUP PLC CI group standards
  • Provide leadership that inspires all levels of colleagues to drive continuous improvement in their areas and to sustain gains and results achieved during the projects. Support leadership teams in embedding CI as ‘the way of working‘
  • Ensure projects and benefits are tracked and reported in accordance with the Group CI standards, accurately and on time.
  • Meet and exceed delivery targets and improvement objectives established for CI activities within RS GROUP PLC
  • Provide regular updates to the partnered Leadership team(s) as well as the CI Group team and proactively manage communication of successes and challenges
  • Optimise customer experience by re-designing, improving and delivering value added processes and services
  • Conduct and support problem solving exercises to identify and eliminate root causes and sustain improvements
  • Share best practices from CI projects and support in the deployment of them to other locations and across the organisation as part of the wider CI Group team/programme
  • Identify and act on cost savings and standardisation opportunities, developing and enforcing methods to sustain the gains



What we’re looking for


  • Educated to degree level in a business discipline
  • Certified Lean Competency 2B/3A or equivalent as a minimum
  • A minimum of 5 years CI experience of project leadership and successful on time delivery, across matrix, cross functional and/or multi territory global organisations
  • Strategic development and deployment understanding
  • Experience of training and coaching Lean ways of working
  • Strong ability to engage others in CI at all levels of the organisation
  • Experience of partnering Senior Management teams in deployment of Lean
  • Able to communicate confidently and effectively at all levels of the organisation, both verbally and in writing, in English and Spanish
  • Hands-on experience, able to diagnose, consult as well as drive improvements , 
  • Change Catalyst that positively challenges the status quo
  • Experience of change models and culture management
  • CI Champion - act as a role model, truly ‘walk the talk’
  • Proficient in Minitab, SharePoint and MS Office suite (incl BI/Apps etc)
  • High Energy; Self Starter; Resilient; Perseverance; Adaptable and Flexible



  • Experience of operating in a Shared Services/Business Process Outsourcing environment – preferably a services background
  • Financially astute with a good understanding of a P&L statements
  • Customer engagement
  • Thought leadership, a soundboard for Seniors
  • Deliver value add solutions and insight


A bit about you

Nothing gets past you – You possess hawk-like attention to detail and you take immense pride in your work, whether it’s copywriting and proofreading, ensuring branding and messaging is in line with the company brand to find the latest news and stories


You can Plan and React– You understand the importance of timing, when to move fast on a trending hot topic, or when to plan in advance content that supports national events or recruitment activity.


You have Energy – You approach your work with enthusiasm, positivity, and willingness to deliver the best results, whatever the challenge. 



We are RS Group.


RS Group is a global integrated omni-channel solutions partner for industrial B2B customers who design, build, and maintain industrial equipment and operations.  We are a FTSE 100 company with £2 billion in revenue, operating in 32 countries, shipping 60,000 parcels a day to over 1.2 million customers worldwide.

Our Vision is to be first choice for all our stakeholders, and we know that starts with our people. At RS we want everyone to show up to work as themselves and know that they will be supported and encouraged to develop and grow. We want work to be a place that excites and empowers, a place where you can be passionate and challenge people to think differently. 

We want to hire the best talent, people who share our values and understand that when we act with respect and humility, we can do great things.  That’s why we’ve put our purpose at the heart of our organisation, we want to make amazing happen for a better world. We empower our people to make a difference, innovate to make more possible and deliver to make it happen.


Are you ready to explore the possibilities?

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