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Continuous Improvement Partner

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Are you passionate about continuous improvement and dedicated to making a positive impact? Staffordshire County Council's Children and Families Directorate is seeking dynamic and experienced professionals to join our Intelligence, Performance and Engagement Team (IPET) as Continuous Improvement Partners.

We are seeking to fill 3 new permanent roles that will partner with each of our assistant directors. Due to a high level of project activity, a further two temporary positions are also being recruited to. The areas are as follows:

  1. Children’s Social Care (permanent contract for between 30 & 37 hours per week)
  2. Education & Inclusion (permanent contract for between 30 & 37 hours per week)
  3. Wellbeing & Partnerships (permanent contract for between 30 & 37 hours per week)
  4. Early Years (12 months fixed term with potential for extension, 37 hours per week)
  5. Family Hubs (18 months fixed term with potential for extension, 37 hours per week)


Due to the immediacy of the project work and number of positions available we will be looking to fill some positions as soon as possible. We will hold interviews on the 21st December for shortlisted early applicants. There will be a further interview date in January to consider applications received over the Christmas period. Please indicate on your application form if you have a preference in roles or working hours. 

Main Responsibility

The Improvement Partners will play a pivotal role in driving continuous improvement initiatives across the Children and Families Directorate. Collaborating with and facilitating senior colleagues and stakeholders to prioritise improvement activity and innovation, aligning objectives with the overall improvement strategy.

They will work closely with the Intelligence & Analysis Lead to provide assurance on the performance and quality of services through our monthly reporting processes. This will include oversight of project activity.

In addition to the business partner role, each post holder will lead on a different aspect of continuous improvement for the entire directorate. This could be for example our approach to project management, the co-ordination of consultation and engagement activity or preparing for inspections to ensure we are all working in a consistent way. You will lead a small focused team who will deliver directorate wide services in your thematic area.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for individuals who will are keen to make a positive difference for children and families. The ideal candidate will strike the right balance between coaching and supporting leaders and providing high challenge to continually improve. They will have the following skills and experience:

  • Ability to engage & build relationships with people from a range of backgrounds 
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Project and programme management experience
  • Be an advocate for co-production
  • Be focused on outcomes & impact
  • Have knowledge of children's services 

For further information about this role please contact Jenny Herbert

Updated closing date: We have received quite a large number of applicants so far so we will need to close this role for applications on Sunday 17 December at 11:55pm.

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

Further information:

If you have any questions or would like an informal conversation about the roles available please contact 

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