Head of Safety, Security and Continuity

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The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.    We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK.  These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications. Context The Safety, Security, and Continuity team is part of the wider Risk team, which works to support management in identifying and preparing for the threats to our success. Risk falls within the Internal Audit & Risk directorate which is part of COO function. The Internal Audit & Risk function is responsible for developing the British Council’s risk management strategy and ensures the embedding of risk management in all organisational activities. The Safety, Security, and Continuity function acts as a second-line of defence – providing subject matter expertise to the organisation on all aspects of Health & Safety, Security, Business Continuity, and Incident & Crisis Management. The team is responsible for establishing a risk aware culture through training and awareness, setting policy and standards, consulting and supporting the organisation, monitoring compliance, and providing assurance. This role will provide strategic and operational leadership to the team to ensure safety, security, business continuity and crises throughout the British Council’s global network are managed within the risk appetite as agreed by the Board of Trustees. Through the implementation of a risk based approach, deliver direction, guidance, specialist support and monitoring in the areas of safety, security, business continuity, and crisis management The Opportunity You will provide strategic and day-to-day leadership to the globally diverse Safety, Security & Continuity team. The team’s over-riding function is to: Support the organisation in delivering operations across the globe in a safe and secure way as a second-line-of-defence function. The team will provide expertise, policy and standards, tailored risk management advice and tools, monitoring, oversight, and assurance; Advise on and oversee a suitable framework for ensuring resilient operations through effective Business Continuity and Incident Response; Coordinate the organisation’s incident and crisis response as needed (especially crises related to security, safety, child protection or reputation). This includes preparing the organisation for crises through building knowledge, delivering scenario practices and identifying opportunities to manage them better. It also leads the initial response to a crisis by mobilising and coordinating the various internal stakeholders. ABOUT YOU Strong Leadership skills with experience of managing a team in a similar international organisation with a complex matrix line management structure Excellent knowledge of UK health and safety regulations and good practice. Knowledge and experience of good-practice security management in different geopolitical contexts Knowledge of managing crises Risk management expertise Experience Working in project teams Developing and managing safety and security management systems Business Continuity Management Incident & Crisis management Scenario practices/planning Developing crisis management strategies Significant relevant operational experience at a senior level Pay Band SMPs Contract type: Indefinite Contract Location: Any UK Briitsh Council Office If you feel that you are suitable and would like to be considered for this role, please apply before 28th October23:59 UK time A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

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