Driving organisational success: Explore careers in Change and Transformation

James  Thompson our consultant managing the role

What is Change and Transformation? 

Change and Transformation refer to the processes implemented by a business to enforce improvements that will contribute to achieving wider business objectives. This could look like a new strategy, technology, structure or cultural shift.

79.7% of people need to adapt their business every two to five years, highlighting the need for Change and Transformation professionals. 

What are the key differences between Change and Transformation? 

Change and Transformation are often lumped together but there are distinct differences between the two. Change fixes the past. Transformation creates the future. 

Change focuses on fixing a specific problem and is often in reaction to external factors outside of the business. It can be implemented in a short period and is usually a single event or a couple of events. 

Whereas Transformation takes a holistic approach to addressing wider issues such as core strategies, values of a business, and the way a business operates. It takes a long-term approach and requires improvements over long periods. 

Subdisciplines in Change and Transformation 

Our transformation team at Marks Sattin specialise in finding the right talent to deliver essential change within your organisation. If you have experience shaping business strategy and delivering complex transformations of people, processes and systems, then we can help you drive organisational success in a role you love. 

Understanding the different subdisciplines of Change and Transformation can inform your career destination and place you in a role suited to your skills and experience. Here are some examples of Change and Transformation jobs: 

Programme Management 

Programme Management is the coordination and management of large-scale projects to deliver strategic goals. 

Depending on the type of initiative and timelines, the responsibilities of a Programme Manager can vary but generally include setting objectives, coordinating activities between departments, and ensuring teams are on track to hit deadlines within the set budget. 

Having the right programme or project manager is imperative for the success of any transformation be it a merger or acquisition, cultural change, commercial transformation, or operational change. 

Our teams understand that each project and organisation is different and requires a certain set of skills depending on its size, scale, configuration and culture. At Marks Sattin, we qualify roles and candidates with a much greater depth to find the perfect match.

Change Management 

Having successful Change Management in place during a transformation is critical to get the most value out of any programme. 

As a Business Change Lead or a Change Management Consultant, you will facilitate smooth transitions when new changes are introduced. These roles involve managing resistance and expectations, developing change strategies, communicating with stakeholders and monitoring progress. 

At Marks Sattin, we understand that softer skills are what make a great Change Manager. This is why we are in a great position to qualify and place you in the right organisation. 

Business Analysis

A Business Analyst is the intrinsic link between the Transformation function and the wider business functions of an organisation. 

In this role, you’ll be responsible for identifying business needs, analysing data and processes, and recommending solutions. To ensure your solutions align with business objectives, you will be a great problem solver equipped with strong analytical skills. 

Another important criterion for Analyst roles is the ability to develop strong relationships throughout the business and present information to various stakeholders. 

Project/Programme Management 

PMO or Project Management Office is the subdiscipline that is a centralised function that provides governance, standards, methodologies and tools for project management. All of these aspects are vital for any organisation's transformation programmes.

As a PMO director or PMO analyst, you will bring strategic planning skills and attention to detail to execute on driving continuous improvement for your business. 

Process Improvement 

Process Improvement professionals look for ways to optimise existing processes by improving efficiency and reducing waste. In this role, you’ll identify bottlenecks by gathering and analysing data or mapping out workflows. 

Like a lot of Change and Transformation subdisciplines, you’ll require analytical, problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills to excel in the field.

Whether you are an Improvement Director, Continuous Improvement Manager, or Lean Six Sigma Consultant, we’ve got the specialist knowledge to find the ideal match for your career requirements. 

Find Your Next Change and Transformation Job with Marks Sattin

With our industry experts by your side connecting, you to an extensive network, you’ll land your next great Change and Transformation job in no time at all. 

Whatever subdiscipline captures your interest, we can support your professional growth and career journey at Marks Sattin.

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