Essex Resilience Forum Resilience Officer

  • Full Time
  • Essex

Website Essex County Fire and Rescue Services

Essex Resilience Forum Resilience Officer


Working Hours: 37 hrs per week

Grade: 9

Salary: £39,571 – £42,614 per annum

Location: Kelvedon Park

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.

The Role

We have an opportunity within the Essex Resilience Forum (ERF) for a Resilience Officer. Your role would be to provide a responsive, efficient and effective service to the Essex Resilience Forum Team and partnership.

Providing specialist advice across Essex Resilience Forum (ERF) member agencies; ensuring pan-Essex emergency plans are in place and supporting the development and delivery of training and exercising for emergency planning, incident response and business continuity.

What You Will Be Working On

Working within the Essex Resilience Forum team and reporting to the ERF Manager, this role will include but is not limited to:

To support the delivery of the ERF’s obligations and guidelines through the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and other associated legislation.

Provide advice and support to ensure that partners have the systems and structures in place to deliver an emergency response whilst continuing to deliver most critical services, ensuring organisational resilience through planning, training and exercising.

Ensuring the whole ERF is prepared for and can deliver any workstreams that result from the Resilience Strategy ‘Call for Evidence’; Community and Whole Society Resilience; the 2022 review of the Civil Contingencies Act and any C-19 National Enquiry, amongst other nationally and locally important matters.

Develop and build strong customer relationships with multi agency groups and partners. This will include the focus on influencing decision makers through the understanding of how resilience issues could impact on organisations.

Develop, challenge and evaluate emergency and business continuity plans by the identification of potential issues; delivering expertise knowledge and understanding of resilience issues; identifying areas for improvement and 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 in both independently and as part of a dynamic team and have a sound and practical understanding of Civil Contingencies legislation, integrated emergency planning and business continuity. They will also have experience of working on projects and delivering milestones, which includes the management of different resources and challenging situations. It is essential that they also have a sound understanding of business planning processes, including the emergency planning cycle. It is key that this individual has excellent communication skills, to engage and influence individuals at different levels both internally and externally, whist delivering both presentations and training to a variety of audiences.

You will have the relevant professional qualification in Emergency Planning and/or Business Continuity Management (Level 6 or equivalent), or equivalent experience. The post holder will be expected to complete the Business Continuity Institute’s CBCI qualification to maintain role competency.

The Application Process

Application – Initially you will apply via our website with an attached supporting statement. Your supporting statement should be a maximum of 750 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. We love it when our applicants write thorough and thoughtful responses to the Supporting Statement questions, so don’t be afraid to go into detail. This will ensure we get a good understanding of your skills and experience, and how you meet the requirements of the role.

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact the Head of Emergency Planning, Group Manager Dave Walpole on 07785 524530.

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

About us

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.

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