Head of Business Continuity

Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Our plans for rail in Britain are far-reaching and ambitious. To deliver our vision of a better railway for a better Britain, we need talented and passionate people who will embrace our innovative way of working - across all disciplines.

At Network Rail, our Finance function is key to our success. Our diverse and high-achieving team is responsible for ensuring we secure appropriate funding and get the best possible value for the money we spend, driving forward our continuing mission to transform the UK's rail network into a world-class infrastructure.

Brief Description

As Head of Business Continuity Management, you will lead and deliver the strategy, operational implementation, co-ordination and maintenance of the Network Rail's Business Continuity Management Framework.

About the role

Key accountabilities include:

    Own and lead on Business Continuity Management (BCM) matters across Network Rail and, as an expert technician in BCM lead on the company strategy in order to improve the organisational maturity model in BCM and align with agreed standards.

      Manage and own the strategic development and maintenance of effective business continuity management across the company through the BCM framework in cooperation with internal and external stakeholders in order to align with BS22301.

        Lead and guide the professional BCM community across the organisation through new processes and improvements of change in order to meet defined business unit deliverables to realise benefits.

          Provide 2nd line policy assurance, reporting any weaknesses and non-compliances as part of the Group Assurance Letter Process (GALP) in order to identify continuous improvement opportunities across the business.

            Lead on the on-going development and maintenance of BCM related standards and polices that support achievement of Network Rails strategic objectives for BCM, delivery of the timetable.

              Provide expert technical advice to the business including the Executive and Board as necessary and provision assurance against the BCM polices to the Executive Committee as part of the annual departmental returns

                Lead and manage the cross-company analysis of 'critical assets', building the business understanding of internal and external dependencies actively supporting aligned business recovery.

                  Lead and manage a high performing team of BCM experts to form a centre of excellence in Network Rail for BCM, making sure that the team provides strategic leadership and guidance to the business.

                    Design and develop effective and relevant training interventions in order to maintain an effective BCM community across the business who can support day to day operations, ensuring they have access to information and resources as necessary

                      Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders to provide advice and guidance to Network Rail Regions and Central Functions to support compliance with BCM policy and standards.

                      Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


                        Proven experience in the successful implementation and management of a BCM Framework in complex organisations.

                          Membership of a relevant professional Institute (e.g. MBCI) and/or active external professional networks.

                            Resilience related degree or equivalent professional qualifications in BCM.

                              Experience in negotiating at a very senior level and balancing the views of a range of stakeholders.

                                Comprehensive knowledge of wider Resilience standards, legislation and their application in the rail sector.

                                  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills - written and verbal, including report writing.

                                    People management - coaching and developing staff.


                                      Experience of business continuity and/or emergency planning within the railway industry or an organisation involved in accident/incident response.

                                        Wider understanding of resilience and resilience related disciplines.

                                          Experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams, ideally in a matrix environment.

                                          How to apply

                                          Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factors. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

                                          Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

                                          Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

                                          Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                                          Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £78,575 - £88,397.

                                          As an arm's length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees.

                                          Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

                                          §Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

                                          §Complete a satisfactory 3 year employment history check

                                          §Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

                                          For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information - UK Government - BPSS Checks

                                          Closing date: 9 December 2019, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

                                          It is a requirement of the role to live within 90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.