Emergency Planning Officer

University of Central Lancashire


In a post covid-19 world, emergency planning and business continuity are at the forefront of the University’s agenda. To be dynamic in incident planning and response is key to ensuring recovery and continuity of teaching, learning, researching and professional services.

Emergency management, business continuity and resilience sit within the Safety, Health and Environment Service, reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer. The University is seeking to apply a new dynamic approach to business continuity planning, building upon the foundation created by a recent installation of an emergency planning management system.

Our new approach to recovery and business continuity and our ambitious plans for the future, make this an exciting time to join the UCLan SHE Department. We are seeking a dynamic forward-thinking individual, with a proven ability to influence and succeed within a complex and fast paced environment.

We are seeking an individual with a degree (or equivalent) in emergency planning and/or business continuity with a relevant professional qualification. With experience to support the work of the operational resilience team, in the role of Emergency Planning Officer reporting to the Business Continuity Lead the successful candidate will:

  • Prepare, review, test and maintain emergency management and business continuity plans
  • Engage in meetings with internal departments and external partners and stakeholders to ensure best practice and parity across business areas and organisations
  • Provide support to the emergency management team during spontaneous and preplanned incidents/operations
  • Assist in the design, creation and delivery of Emergency Management and Business Continuity Training

Experience of working in the field of operations resilience, including emergency planning and or/business continuity planning or a degree in one or more of those fields is essential. An ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and initiative is essential as is an ability to influence positively at all levels in the University as well as manage your own workload to meet deadlines.

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. This position is based in Preston.

UCLan is committed to providing a safe environment to study, work and visit, protecting children, young people and adults at risk from harm and abuse. Our safeguarding policy and safer recruitment procedure outlines our approach, alongside other internal policies, procedures and guidance which can be found on our website at Safeguarding – UCLan  

Applicants applying for roles in regulated activity and that are listed as an exception under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will be required to disclose any spent and unspent convictions and undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check at the appropriate level, UCLan will only ask an applicant to make an application for a DBS check if they are legally entitled to.

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