Job vacancy: Strategy, Commissioning… [etc, ad nauseum]

After more than two years of some extreme cuts to public service jobs, even to front-line areas, Croydon Council continues to hire highly paid consultants. And some of these are employed in areas which are, frankly, inexplicable.

Our loyal reader spotted this job ad posted this week.

Croydon Council is looking for “a forward thinking and innovative business continuity professional to shape the provision of consultancy, advice and support for continuity planning within the Council and to the borough more widely”. Yes. Really.

We publish the whole of the ad here, unedited. All we ask is that if someone applies for the role as a result of viewing it here, and you are successful in your application, do you think you can write to us afterwards and tell us what the job involves? In plain English?Job Reference Number: 01262
Location: Croydon
Division: Strategy, Commissioning, Procurement & Performance
Salary: Grade 12 £37,179 – £38,961
Business Unit: Risk & Corporate Programme Management
Position Type: Permanent
Contract Type: Full Time
Number of Hours: 36
Closing Date: 22 September 2012

About the Role
We are looking for a forward thinking and innovative business continuity professional to shape the provision of consultancy, advice and support for continuity planning within the Council and to the borough more widely. You will deliver a commercial approach to business continuity, marketing the service to businesses/organisations throughout the borough and maximising the potential of existing arrangements with schools and partner organisations whilst ensuring that the council’s internal and contracted services remain resilient. This is a key role within the Council with a significant profile and opportunity for career development.
The post holder will ensure that British Standards or ISO standards relating to Business Continuity Planning are reflected in the continuity plans produced by Departments, leading to the authority meeting the requirements of the Civil Contingency Act 2004.
The post holder will lead on aligning the council to appropriate Business Continuity Standards currently the BS 25999 and looking forward to ISO 22301. As part of the assurance role to the council, the post holder will be responsible for undertaking supply chain analysis/resilience testing for all the authorities’ major partners, contractors/suppliers within Croydon’s commissioning framework.
The post holder will be responsible for providing advice on the ethos of business continuity planning and identifying commercial opportunities to develop business continuity services within the local community, both for the business and voluntary sectors.

Good luck! And if you do manage to work out what it all means, don’t forget to email us. In  the meantime, we’re sending this off to the Plain English campaign.

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2 Responses to Job vacancy: Strategy, Commissioning… [etc, ad nauseum]

  1. Some sort of pen pusher I suppose, perhaps a progress chaser. Hard to tell really. I give up.

  2. Arfur Towcrate says:

    IMHO it’s a response to the riots, where the council, police and – more particularly – local businesses were caught unawares and we all, to varying degrees, suffered the consequences.

    Having worked for organisations that have suffered, in turn, bombing, flooding and robbery, I wouldn’t knock the idea of having professional advice on tap on the subject of Business Continuity Planning. It’s only when the fertiliser hits the air-conditioning that you realise how important it is to have an idea of what to do about such crises.

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