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Business Continuity Manager

Location: UK, Ipswich
Organization: Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit

Main purpose of the job

  • To develop, maintain and review a corporate business continuity management strategy that will maintain critical local authority services in Suffolk’s local authorities at times of interruption or disruption of normal systems.
  • To act as the lead officer for promoting business continuity management within the county, district and borough councils and to the local community and voluntary sector organisations to discharge the authorities’ duties under the Civil Contingencies Act, 2004.
  • To support the Chief Executives of the county, district and borough Councils, through the Director of Public Protection, in the discharge of their statutory duties under the Civil Contingencies Act, 2004, as necessary.
  • The post will be directly line managed by the Deputy Head of Emergency Planning.

Job role

  • Set business continuity policy and strategy for the delivery of integrated business continuity management in Suffolk County Council and be able to provide specialist advice in support of similar arrangements in District and Borough Councils.   
  • Co-ordinate the production, maintenance and review of business continuity plans for Suffolk County Council and be able to provide specialist advice in support of similar arrangements in District and Borough Councils
  • Support the preparation, delivery and implementation of business continuity awareness training in Suffolk County Council and be able to provide specialist advice in support training in District and Borough Councils.
  • Co-ordinate County Council business continuity response arrangements, assisting Directorates to identify critical functions, recovery priorities and critical resources required to maintain services at acceptable levels in the event of a disruption
  • To support County Council’s response in the event of an emergency or serious threat to public wellbeing, and provide assistance and professional advice on business continuity issues to, the Chief Executive, senior council officers, elected members and communications team during an emergency, working outside normal office hours if necessary
  • Develop a corporate template that will assist Directorates develop their own business continuity plans in a consistent format
  • Advise and assist Suffolk County Council to carry out business impact analysis and prepare departmental business continuity plans consistent with the corporate BC Policy & Strategy
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate in conjunction with Directorates a structured exercise programme that will test the effectiveness of business continuity planning principles and good practice within the councils’ departments
  • Liaise with senior council officers, other local authorities, emergency services and public and private organisations in developing the council’s business continuity planning capability
  • Participate in, and lead on where appropriate, business continuity projects and initiatives, in particular to establish the resilience and BC arrangements of critical suppliers and contractors.
  • Maintain a continual audit of corporate business continuity preparedness
  • Liaise where necessary with the councils’ risk management and insurance functions to ensure activities complement each other and work towards the achievement of corporate goals
  • To provide out of hours duty cover on a rota basis (see Appendix B) for the purposes of receiving and disseminating warnings and information from the emergency services or other organisations relating to actual or potential emergencies; and to undertake such duties in connection with an emergency (or serious threat thereof) that occurs during these periods as may be necessary to assist the local authority to resolve it.
  • Act as a Tactical Manager in the CEC during emergencies. 
  • To be prepared to undertake training and exercise commitments outside normal office hours from time to time as required;
  • Maintain current knowledge of relevant regulations, guidance and best practice and take responsibility for own continuous personal development
  • The post holder will work closely with DEPOs who will deliver initial business continuity support in District and Borough Councils.
  • The post holder will be required to develop effective working relationships with corporate managers of the authorities, and with senior staff in the emergency services and other category 1 and category 2 responders. 
  • Undertake any other duties of a similar nature appropriate to the grade as directed by the Head of Emergency Planning. 

Closing date: 28th February 2020

More details and apply.

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