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Joint Emergency Planning Officer

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
£36,648 - £42,403 per annum. Incremental progression subject to performance.
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Joint Emergency Planning Officer

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Resilience Team

We have an opportunity available for a Joint Emergency Planning Officer to join our Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Resilience Team. 

As a Joint Emergency Planning Officer, you will play a crucial role in supporting emergency planning and business continuity activities across our combined sub-region and support resilience planning within the District & Borough Councils of Warwickshire.

The CSW Resilience Team are responsible for writing plans which help ensure that Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire councils are ready to respond to any emergencies which happen in their area. From flood response to setting up emergency rest centres, we make sure every council makes the right preparations to keep delivering their key functions during disruptions. What’s more, we train staff and run regular exercises using realistic scenarios, so the councils really are ready for anything.

As a Joint Emergency Planning Officer, you will:

  • Maintain and develop both the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire arrangements for civil contingencies as well as managing arrangements within your dedicated District & Borough Council as part of a joint resilience service.
  • Ensure Councils are equipped to cope with both ‘big bang’ emergencies and ‘rising tide’ situations, in which the challenges escalate over time.
  • Take a lead on emergency planning and readiness.
  • Work with expert colleagues, council employees and representatives of other agencies to deliver a varied and flexible work programme.
  • Actively promote awareness and ownership of each council’s civil contingency arrangements

In the event of an incident, you will work with the team to provide a 24/7 response service and be on our emergency duty rota at least one week in every four-week period.

We are looking for someone who has:                                         

  • A degree (or completing final academic year) in Emergency Planning, Disaster Management or a similar subject, or an appropriate level of specialist knowledge obtained through extended experience and training within an emergency planning, emergency services, military or similar environment.
  • Experience of responding to emergencies and incidents or participating in similar exercises
  • Detailed knowledge of the Civil Contingencies Act and Business Continuity ISO 22301
  • Strong organisation, with project management and decision-making skills.
  • A proven ability to engage and communicate with a range of stakeholders.

In return, this is a hugely valued and rewarding role providing a crucial support service across the region. Working for Solihull means that we can also offer employees, training and development opportunities, flexible and agile working options, an extensive wellbeing offer as well as attractive staff discounts and benefits including a career average pension scheme.

To discover more about the work of the CSW Resilience Team please visit

Working on a hybrid basis; this role will include a combination of home working and working at least one day per week in the office. 

Closing date for completed applications is 16th June 2024

Interviews will be held on 26th June 2024

To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question or require further information about this opportunity please contact Clare Hinkley on 07393803518 or email or Sam Collins on 07827 357 626 or email

Please note we do not accept CVs.
The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required .
This post requires the following Disclosure and Barring check: Not required .

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.
 Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council


Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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0121 704 6000
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Manor Square
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