IT Risk and Resilience Officer

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Type: permanent (Full-time)

Location: Gateshead

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IT Risk and Resilience Officer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced IT Risk and Resilience professional to advance their career with Gateshead Council.

It is an extremely active period of change within Gateshead as we look to implement our Strategic Action Plan for IT, and we are looking for an experienced IT Risk and Resilience Officer to help us fulfil that plan. Working within Gateshead Council’s Cyber Security Team and reporting to the Cyber Security Manger, you will focus primarily on creating and leading on the provision of a comprehensive risk management and business continuity planning and testing programme within IT Services.

Interested in joining an exciting flexible organisation with an employee offer and experience that rivals others, then this could be an opportunity you just don’t want to miss.

About the role….

People really are our greatest asset at Gateshead Council, and we value every employee. We encourage our people to think differently, do the right thing and be innovative.

We are looking to appoint an IT Risk and Resilience Officer to lead on the creation of a comprehensive risk management and business continuity program in line with the Council’s Policy and procedures - ensuring that IT Services, and the wider Council understand their IT and Cyber related risks to help us fulfil our policy requirements.

You will be responsible for:

Creating and supporting the provision of a comprehensive risk management and business continuity programme within IT Services, including the development and implementation of systems, processes and guidance. Creating, managing and facilitating a comprehensive testing programme of the risk management and business continuity procedures within IT Services. Maintenance of the strategic and operational risk registers and business continuity plans for IT Services, ensuring they are up to date and that a consistent approach has been applied.

Working closely with services across the Council to ensure that IT and cyber related risk management processes are embedded and are used to support business decisions. Building and maintaining strong links with other services and teams across the Council to support the Business Continuity Framework, specifically cyber resilience planning. Developing and delivering clear guidance and training to members, officers and other stakeholders across the Council to help mitigate IT and Cyber risk and to strengthen business continuity planning. The successful postholder must be suitably qualified and have experience of Risk Management and Business Continuity processes within local government. You must possess excellent problem-solving skills and a strong determination to achieve your goals with the aim of improving the Council's cyber security posture across all services.

A bit about Gateshead Council…

It's been said we are one of the most entrepreneurial, forward thinking and ambitious councils in the country. And we believe our employees reflect that spirit and drive that is needed to make a real difference to the people of Gateshead, helping them to thrive and improving their lives for the better.

When you work for us, you are working for a council that, even in these challenging times, is ambitious and not afraid of taking risks - a trait that has established our reputation as a council whose actions speak louder than words.

The IT Service is responsible for provision of a wide range of technologies and solutions enabling council services to operate effectively and efficiently across the borough in the most effective way to deliver the best outcomes to the people of Gateshead.

We’re responsible for the provision and support of IT technologies and networks to over 3,500 users utilising 300+ applications over 200 sites across the borough which stretches from Bill Quay to Chopwell.

We value our employees and respect the skills and knowledge they bring. We strive to create a friendly and supportive environment where views are listened to and 'thinking out of the box' is encouraged.

As a council we are aware that people have commitments and pressures outside of work - we offer support and encourage employees to have a good work / life balance. We are one of a small number of North East employers to have achieved four years of the Continuing Excellence level of the North East Better Health at Work Award.

We’re truly committed to providing our residents with the highest quality of services and we need like-minded people who can help us deliver.

If you enjoy talking to people, have a natural ability to empathise, a strong desire to resolve problems and can help us achieve our aim of ‘Making Gateshead a place where everyone thrives’, then we would love to hear from you

If you are successful in your application to work for us, you will be joining a team that is welcoming, supportive, and friendly, as well as one that puts its residents first and achieves results.

What’s in it for you? Well, there’s so much on offer and here’s just a few of the highlights!

You’ll be paid a competitive salary of £36,648 to £39,186 per annum

You can save for your future by enrolling in our generous pension scheme. A range of generous employee discount schemes. . A generous annual leave package of 28 days (2 of which can be fixed), increasing to 32 days (2 of which can be fixed) following 5 years’ service. You will also have the opportunity to purchase up to 10 days extra leave via our Annual Leave Salary Sacrifice Scheme. Access to generous flexi time system with the opportunity to take 2 flexi days per 4-week flexi period, depending on the needs of the service. We offer hybrid working, allowing colleagues to work remotely where appropriate if they wish to do so however there will be activities requiring an additional on-site presence. A robust Workforce Development offer with opportunities for learning to progress your career and to enhance your knowledge in specific areas.

It’s time to apply!

We’re delighted that you want to come and work with us. It’s important that you read the job profile in full and check that you meet the essential criteria, because when we start choosing people to come and meet us, we’ll be checking to ensure that they meet the essential criteria as set out in the job profile.

To apply please complete an application form, which you can do electronically online at Please make sure that you demonstrate you meet the essential criteria in the job profile.

If you require an informal discussion about this role, please email Martin Blyth by email

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