Business Continuity Institute

BCDR Specialist

Data Communications Company
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
23 days ago


Hiring Manager

Head of Business Resilience

Role / Job Title

BCDR Specialist 

Reports to

Head of Business Resilience

Direct Reports



Service Assurance

Reporting to the Head of Business Resilience, the BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery) Specialist will work collaboratively across DCC to implement the BCDR Capability Strategy and Roadmap. We have an exciting opportunity for a BCDR Specialist to support the BCDR programs, responsible for assisting in successfully maintaining this program in line with DCC BCDR organisational standards.

The BCDR Specialist will ensure that BC Programs of the DCC Business Functions are in line with the DCC BCDR program. The candidate is responsible for assisting the Head of BCDR and Team with coordinating the development, maintenance and testing of plans with the Functional BC Planners in accordance with DCC BCDR standards. The BCDR Specialist serves as a resource to the DCC BCDR Capability on matters of business continuity, risk preventive measures and all other BCDR related issues. They will work closely with the Functional Departmental Heads and the BC Planner in several aspects including identifying BCDR strategies, interim solutions, and testing.

Assisting and supporting the development and maintenance of the DCC Business Continuity Management Program in accordance with DCC BCDR policies, controls and standards

  • Developing / Maintaining BCDR Plans by supporting the Head of BCDR and Team in the collaboration process with Functional Heads and BC Planners to ensure that plans are in place to mitigate the potential Operational, Financial. Reputational, Legal & Regulatory impacts to the business in the event of a disaster or BC event
  • Develop, implement, maintain and oversee implementation of policies, procedures and associated plans for BCDR administration based on industry-standard best practices (ISO 22301, ISO 27031, BCI good Practice Guidelines
  • Assist in the development of an assurance framework for BCDR activities
  • Support in the monitoring and reviewing of Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) for Business Functions, IT Systems & Services
  • Providing consultation to promote, communicate and apply the BCDR standards to their area(s) of responsibility
  • Assisting the Team in coordinating the implementation of BC standards and guidelines with BC Planners
  • Assisting Functional areas with BCDR risk assessments
  • Working with BC Planners to provide timely BC awareness and training to employees to ensure they remain current with their BC roles and responsibilities
  • Facilitating ongoing BC awareness initiatives across DCC
  • Supporting the Crisis Management Team
  • Coordinating BC Planners in responding to a BC event
  • Implementation and maintaining of a BCMS application
  • Identification of Business Functions, Systems and Dependencies: work with the appropriate BC Planners to ensure that the identification of Business Functions, Systems and Dependencies has been completed
  • Business Impact Analysis (BIA): Work with the appropriate BC Planners to ensure that a comprehensive and accurate BIA is completed
  • Outage Scenarios and Recovery Solutions: Work with the appropriate BC Planners to ensure that the appropriate recovery solutions have been addressed for its business functions, systems, and dependencies
  • Responsible for the BCDR Testing within DCC and with the Service providers across the entire DCC ecosystem such as SMETS1, SMETS2, Switching, NEP etc.
  • Develop the BCDR requirements for existing and new services e.g., SMETS1, SMETS2, Network Evolution Program, Switching, etc.
  • Testing BC Plans and Solutions: Facilitating the planning and execution of testing for their area.
  • Assisting the BCDR Head in ensuring coordination with external service providers, vendors and internal DCC Functions when preparing and executing BC exercises
  • Assisting the Team in ensuring that DCC controls (e.g., security, privacy) are maintained during a BC exercise. Providing reports to BCDR Head on the effectiveness of tests and any plan amendments that were made based on test results.
  • Schedule flexibility to support weekend and after hours testing when scheduled
  • Experience in Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery / Business Resilience preferably within a Business and Technology Risk Management environment
  • Knowledge of industry specific concepts, processes and key risks are desired. Should be well versed in BCDR activities (Planning, Documentation, Business Impact Analysis and Testing) and demonstrated ability applying to business environment
  • The successful candidate must possess a high level of energy with a collaborative, can do attitude combined with the strength and confidence/courage to serve as a change agent of BCDR risks and controls.
  • A proactive, driven individual with the ability to operate effectively from the conceptual stage through to successful implementation
  • The ability to work effectively through a matrix organization utilizing strong influencing skills coupled with business continuation/ disaster recovery expertise. This also includes a mature business approach to problem solving and conflict resolution
  • A highly organized and disciplined individual able to improve and manage the Business Continuation Management framework across DCC effectively
  • Possesses strong analytical skills, has a thirst for knowledge and is interested in continuous learning
  • Excellent listening and communication skills in order to effectively interface with all levels of leadership
  • Project Management Skills
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project) with an ability to produce professional documents for presentation to executive management. 

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63866769
  • Location:
    Manchester, England, United Kingdom
  • Position Title: BCDR Specialist
  • Company Name For Job: Data Communications Company
  • Job Function: Resilience