Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Manager - JRN 30400

Vacancy Type
Police Staff
Area Command / Department
Communications & Operations Department
Contract Type
Full Time
Salary Range
£41,904 to £45,873
Closing Date


Ever wondered what it’s like working behind the scenes for one of the UK’s largest Police Forces? Here at Northumbria Police, we are extremely excited to be able to offer an amazing opportunity to come and join us as a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Manager.

Agile working patterns apply to this position where working arrangements will be available as agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role.

The Role:

To lead and manage the Business Continuity Management Programme, Policy and Framework, ensuring an effective response and management of business continuity and improved force-wide awareness. To oversee the Business Continuity Management (BCM) infrastructure to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that foreseeable events do not preclude the discharge of the business of policing, and associated support functions. Provide subject matter expert (SME) advice to all key stakeholders across Northumbria Police on BCDR matters, ensuring all policies and plans are appropriate, and fully embedded within the culture of Northumbria Police.

What will I be doing?

·         Develop, coordinate and deliver of a full schedule of scenarios and testing programme, including conducting risk assessments in relation to scenarios and incidents ensuring business best placed to deliver business continuity plan if enacted and identification of lessons learned.

·         Facilitate the development of BCDR across Northumbria Police including the ongoing management, maintenance and development of all necessary documentation including but not limited to BCDR Plan, Major Incident Plan, Business Impact Assessments.

·         Identify gaps, developing and delivering action plans to fill these and supporting annual reviews of all relevant corporate documentation and working with key stakeholders to ensure these plans remain valid and fit for purpose.

·         Liaise with BCDR Champions across the business, providing guidance and assurance on their BCDR plans, ensuring they are fully aligned to the corporate BCDR plan. Collaborate with relevant stakeholders and teams internally to ensure BCDR is considered in key projects and change

·         Understand and apply knowledge of laws and legislation, including those contained with the Civil Contingency Act 2004 and subsequent independent review and recommendations 2022. Also, the NPCC National Policing BC Strategy alignment, DLUHC guidance and documentation in respect of national risk identification and National Risk Register.

·         Providing coordination support, visibility and reporting during a BCDR event, to include the impact of the event on critical services and functions. Facilitate and support the execution of the plans event and support the delivery of the Major Incident plan as required.

·         Undertaking evaluation activity by providing outcome and lessons learned reports during and following a BCDR event. Ensure this is shared with appropriate stakeholders in an appropriate and timely manner.          


What do I need?

·         Ability to prioritise workloads in order of importance, dealing with both spontaneous and planned workloads and to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

·         The ability to work well both independently and as part of a team

·         The resilience and ability to work under pressure – you’ll have multiple pieces of work at one time so the confidence to prioritise effectively is a must.

·         Strong communication skills and the ability to adapt this to a variety of internal, external and senior stakeholders.

·         Qualification in relevant Business Continuity and/or Emergency Planning discipline(s)

·         Previous experience of designing and testing BCDR plans, policies and associated documentation such as business impact assessments and major incident plans.

·         To be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, in particular Excel and ability to carry out task within Excel such as conditional formatting.

·         Experience of designing and delivering training packages/ workshops


For further information please see the role profile: Business Continuity and Disaster Recover Manager.docx

Vacancy Contact

Interested to learn more? To discuss the position in more detail please contact Michelle Caisley, Chief Inspector Force Resilience Unit by email at

Terms and Conditions

Vetting Level – Management Vetting and Security Clearance (MV and SC)

Applicants must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 5 years to ensure vetting checks can be successfully performed.  A job offer will be dependent upon vetting clearance, medical information and references.


In return for your dedication and experience, we offer 24 days’ leave, excluding bank holidays, increasing to 28 days for 5 years+ service.  We support our people inside and out of work – offering a very competitive pension scheme, childcare vouchers, and discounts on shopping and eating out thanks to the Blue Light Card. Also, to take care of your physical and mental well-being, we’ve invested in extensive paid sick leave, trained mental health first aiders on-site, an employee advice service and access to gyms in some stations.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

At Northumbria Police we are all different and that’s our greatest strength. We draw on the differences in who we are, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We protect and serve everyone and therefore believe in including everyone. We welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all areas of the community as appointments are based solely on merit.

Important Information

Northumbria Police are currently undertaking a role and reward project in respect of all police staff posts.

All staff including those appointed on fixed term contracts must successfully complete their probationary period before they are eligible to apply for a Northumbria Police vacancy.

If you have any queries with regard to the application process please contact the Talent Acquisition Team by email at