Essex is a safe and varied county and a great place to live and work.
The Essex Resilience Forum brings a wide variety of agencies together to manage major incidents. As well as planning for emergencies, training and exercising, it also ensures that the county remains as safe as it can be and that we work together to minimise the impact.
We have an opportunity for an innovative and highly motivated person within the Essex Resilience Forum (ERF) as the ERF Manager. Your role would be to ensure the Essex Resilience Forum fulfils its obligations around the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and progresses multi-agency working and information sharing arrangements across the partnership. Also, to function as a direct link between the ERF Chairs and ERF partner agencies and to manage a team of Resilience Officers and Admin/Support Officer.
What You Will Be Working On
The successful applicant will manage this dynamic and busy team, reporting to both the Head of Emergency Planning and the ERF Chairs, these being both the Chief Constable of Essex Police and the Chief Fire Officer for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
This role will include but is not limited to:
- To support the ERF Chair and Co-Chair with leading the ERF Team in the planning and administration of the following workstreams and support such activities when and if required to – Civil Contingencies legislation, planning and response and engagement and where appropriate to provide leadership and oversight of local, regional and national projects.
- To Provide executive guidance, assistance and briefings to the Chairs of ERF Executive Programme Board, Risk Intelligence Group (RIG) and Planning Assurance Group (PAG) on the work of the multi-agency partnership and national/regional resilience issues.
- Manage, deliver key projects, and action plans as directed by the ERF Chair and Planning Assurance Group. Projects could include but are not limited to, resilience plan writing, research, training and exercises, ensuring partners meet deadlines for the completion of ERF related work streams and escalating areas of concern to the Executive Programme Board.
- Provide a clearly defined route of contact for the Essex Resilience Forum to the public, local, regional and national resilience practitioners and government departments. Ensuring effective responses from the secretariat to general enquiries and freedom of information requests. Manage the delivery of responses to enquiries from National Government in relation to incidents, assessments and enquiries including the National Capabilities Survey.
- Responsible for overseeing the development, challenging and evaluating emergency and Business Continuity (BC) plans through the identification of potential issues, areas for improvement and for communicating and raising the awareness of these to the partner agencies.
What Are We Looking For?
The ideal candidate for this role, will have experience of working both independently and as part of a busy team. They should have a significant and practical understanding of Civil Contingencies legislation and integrated emergency planning and business continuity. Also, experience of working on projects and delivering business milestones, which includes the management of different resources and challenging situations.
You will also have experience of negotiating with senior level managers, customers and partners. Having the ability to provide progress reports and resilience documentation to a Strategic Co-ordination Group or other governing bodies, ensuring they are easy to interpret and apply. Communication skills should be excellent, with strong presentation skills and an excellent level of interpersonal/negotiation skills, being able to communicate professionally and tactfully to build constructive relationships at different levels, both internally and externally.
You will have a relevant professional qualification in Emergency Planning and/or Business Continuity Management (level 6 or similar). Also, the post holder will be expected to complete the Business Continuity Institute’s CBCI qualification to maintain role competency before completing their probation period. It is also desirable to have a project management qualification (PRINCE2 or similar)
The Application Process
Application – Initially you will apply via our website with an attached supporting statement. Your supporting statement should be a maximum of 1000 words showing us how you meet the essential criteria of the person specification for the role. This will give us a great understanding of your skills and experience and how well you fit the role.
Interview and presentation – If successfully shortlisted, the final part of the recruitment process will include a presentation and interview. (Further details will be shared accordingly and in a timely manner)
We review all applications against the criteria detailed in the Vacancy Information Pack, so please do ensure you fully detail how you meet the criteria of the role. This will ensure we get a good understanding of your skills and experience, and how you meet the requirements of the role.
Our Culture and Benefits
Here at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service we are committed to prioritising and promoting the wellbeing of our employees. Some of our benefits include:
- Flexible working hours
- Remote working opportunities
- Wellbeing and counselling services
- Physiotherapy services
- Affiliation with the Blue Light Card scheme
- Generous annual leave
- Competitive pension scheme
- Career development opportunities
Closing Date – Monday, 6th June 2022
Interview Date – TBC
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Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
It is our policy to require all applicants for employment to disclose if you are currently being investigated by any regulatory body or have any decisions or sanctions pending or in progress in respect of your suitability to work for the Service.
You agree to inform the Service within 24 hours if you are subsequently investigated by any agency or organisation in relation to concerns about your behaviour towards children, young people or vulnerable adults.
The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will be considered only in relation to the appointment for which you are applying.
We are an equal opportunities employer who welcomes applications from everyone and values diversity in our workplace. A commitment to promoting diversity and developing a workplace environment where all staff are treated with dignity and respect is central to our recruitment process. All applications will be considered solely on merit.
This role maybe subject to a standard/enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.