Business Continuity and Resilience Advisor

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. If you're looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution, there could be a job here for you.

The Role:

Estates Division are looking for a Business Continuity and Resilience Advisor to support University of Cambridge institutions with effective incident management and business continuity planning.

Established in 1209, the University of Cambridge is the fourth oldest university in the world and has over 19,000 students and 12,000 staff. The Operational Estate is one of the UK's largest and comprises some 370 teaching, academic and research buildings with an insurance value of more than £3.4bn. The Non-Operational Estates comprises more than 1000 investment, support, residential properties, and the University Farm.

Reporting to the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Lead with a dotted line to the Senior Assistance Registrary (Governance and Compliance), the successful candidates' key responsibilities will include:

Review of Institutions' Incident Management and Business Continuity (IMBC) plans against University guidance and identified operational risks

Designing and leading an annual programme of exercises that ensures effective testing of IMBC plans and readiness in the event of an incident

Providing back-up operational support to the University Silver Team (the University's tactical response team) during an incident

Leading on the Estates Division's business continuity arrangements

Supporting Estates Division with the management of emergency and business continuity incidents.

On behalf of Estates Division liaising with external agencies, utility companies, key contractors, etc. when necessary to, investigate incidents, reduce risk and improve business continuity arrangements

A successful applicant will have:

Experience of developing procedures in compliance with relevant legislation and standards

Experience of project leadership, including developing and implementing staff development and training programmes

Experience of work in risk management or emergency/incident planning and business continuity

Ability to interpret the requirements of legislation, guidance and standards and apply these to a large, complex, multi-site organisation.

Excellent communication skills, be a team player, with a strong customer focus

Ability to think flexibly, simulate and analyse information quickly and make reasoned judgements using pragmatic and effective decision making and problem solving.

Benefits of working at the University of Cambridge include:

Competitive rates of pay with automatic service related pay progression and annual cost of living increases;

Generous annual leave allowance

Flexible and hybrid working opportunities;

Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and other family friendly schemes (e.g. workplace nurseries)

An auto-enrolment pension scheme, with a generous employer contribution;

Travel benefits and retail discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores;

Schemes to support with relocation

Interviews will be held week commencing 8th January 2024

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email Estates Division on

Please quote reference BA39416 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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