Business Continuity Manager

Location: London, Bristol or Hamburg

Salary: Competitive

Job Description

Embark on a Journey with a Global Powerhouse

An international force ranked fourth in its industry and operating across 120 markets, this company extends a thrilling invitation to join its transformative voyage. With a team of over 25,000+ brilliant minds, it’s not just a workplace; it’s an ecosystem of innovation and inclusivity. As the company ushers in a new era of expansion, driven by a challenger spirit that continually questions norms, it extends an exciting pathway to dynamic and rewarding careers.

The Role:
Amidst the realm of business continuity and crisis management, an exhilarating prospect beckons. The company seeks a proficient Business Continuity Manager (BCM) to take the helm, orchestrating, innovating, and navigating this pivotal domain. As the Group’s second line of defense, this role will collaborate across Functions, Markets, Business Units, and Regions, fortifying resilience and ensuring operational continuity at the Group level.

Why Apply?
Beyond being a manager, this role embodies the essence of resilience. Guided by a strategic vision, the chosen candidate will weave business continuity and crisis management seamlessly across the organization. From embedding strategies locally to ensuring vigilant oversight, this role shapes the very foundation of the company’s response to challenges.

The Journey Ahead:
• Championing Continuity: Lead the implementation of Group-wide business continuity and crisis management processes, fostering a culture of readiness.
• Guiding Expertise: Provide teams with expert counsel, applying best practices pragmatically to drive preparedness and responsiveness.
• Cultivating Innovation: Be a catalyst for new capabilities, bridging innovation and execution in the realm of crisis readiness.
• Collaborative Leadership: Forge close connections with CoE Heads, senior leaders, and the organization at large, ensuring alignment and communication.
• Strategic Stewardship: Assume the role of Secretary to the Group Crisis Management Team (CMT), contributing to strategic management during crisis events.
• Putting in place a strategy and procedures to meet the Group’s business continuity and crisis management requirements.
• Ensuring that the Group’s requirements and controls for business continuity and crisis management are understood and implemented Group-wide.
• Highlighting to the business any identified shortcomings in business continuity and crisis management and recommending remedial actions.
• Defining and reporting on suitable KRIs and KPIs relating to business continuity and crisis management, including to Senior Management and the Group’s Audit Committee.
• Working collaboratively on the design, implementation, and maintenance of business continuity and crisis management strategies, solutions, policies, standards, and guidelines.
• Driving a learning and knowledge-sharing culture and identifying new opportunities to improve our approach to business continuity and crisis management.
• Providing expert advice and support to all parts of the business and all levels of management.
• Providing management with up-to-date information on threats and vulnerabilities.
• Identifying opportunities for continual improvement, including industry best-practice, and recommending changes to the systems and reporting processes.
• Supporting Internal Audit with the assessment and remediation of audit findings.

Education, Skills and Experience
• BCI (Business Continuity Institute) or other recognised industry qualification in business continuity and / or crisis management, or an equivalent depth of practical experience.
• Experience in development and implementation of a robust business continuity / crisis management program.
• Ability to lead across large, complex, and global corporate network, partnering & delivering effectively with other teams globally.
• Previous experience operating in a global FMCG environment.
• Demonstrable experience of managing competing project and priorities.
• Experience developing, implementing, and enforcing Global policies, procedures, and other control documents.
• Experience of risk assessment and reporting.
• Ability to manage key relationships with business stakeholders.
• Engaging, articulate and able to influence senior Head Office and business stakeholders.
• Excellent written communication skills.

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