Joint Emergency Planning Officer

Solihull Council House, Manor Square, Solihull B91 3QB
£30,507 to £36,876
16 Nov 2020
30 Nov 2020
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Full time permanent
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We have an of opportunity available for a Joint Emergency Planning Officer to join our Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Resilience Team, playing a crucial role in supporting emergency planning and business continuity activities across our combined sub-region and supporting 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.

You will need:                                         

  • A degree in Emergency Planning, Disaster Management or a similar subject, or an appropriate degree or HND/HNC combined with practical experience of working in an emergency planning environment.
  • Proven experience of responding to emergencies and incidents, or participating in similar exercises.
  • Detailed knowledge of the Civil Contingencies Act and Business Continuity ISO 2230.
  • 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.

We also offer:

  • Generous leave entitlement (which rises with continuing service), including the potential for flexi leave up to 24 days per year.
  • The opportunity to buy up to 10 additional days annual leave per year.
  • A range of flexible and agile working options. The Council is currently developing a “Smarter Ways of Working” strategy exploring how home working could be maximised.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service.
  • Attractive staff discounts and benefits.
  • A career average pension scheme.

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

Or if you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Tom Knibbs on 07798843028 or email

Interview Date: 7th December 2020 - Interviews will be held on a secure video conferencing platform

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.  

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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