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Deputy Head of Safety, Security and Continuity
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Chief operating officer
Job Category
Risk Management
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Payband: SMPs Location: UK Flexible Contract type: IDC Business Unit: Internal Audit and Risk Department: Strategy and Engagement Closing date 27th March 2020 at 22.00UK Time. Candidates must have the right to in the UK to be considered for the role.

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.



About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


 We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

The Opportunity: 

The Safety, Security and Continuity team is part of the wider Risk team. Risk falls within the Internal Audit & Risk directorate which is part of COO function.


The Internal Audit & Risk function is responsible for developing the British Council’s risk management strategy and ensures the embedding of risk management in all organisational activities.

Under guidance of Head of Safety, Security and Continuity the Deputy Head will provide operational guidance to the team of regional safety and security advisers throughout the British Council’s global network. Supports global roll out of business continuity framework To manage the approach within the risk appetite as agreed by the Board of Trustees. To deputise for the Head of Safety, Security and Continuity in their absence. To lead on all safety and security matters related to the UK. To lead on Health and Safety.

Main Duties:

 As directed by the Head of Safety, Security and Continuity the role:

  • With the Head of Safety, Security and Continuity develop, maintain and deliver strategic direction and operational security and safety management solutions and support to the organisation.



  • Provide day to day operational leadership and direction to the team of regional safety and security advisers, including the line management of all overseas security advisers



  • Support and advise the crisis and continuity adviser in the global roll out of the business continuity framework



  • Undertake periodic overseas safety and security visits to regions to ensure Regional Safety and Security Advisers are adhering to the policies and standards provided at the corporate level and thus assurance to the British Council that risks are being effectively managed.



  • Undertake periodic overseas visits to ensure the roll out and implementation of the business continuity framework



  • Ensure all polices and processes in place at the British Council are effectively supporting the organisation to best manage safety, security and continuity within the risk appetite agreed by the Board of Trustees.



  • Lead on all UK related health, safety, security and continuity issues, as the deputy acts as the UK Regional lead with the regional safety and security advisers covering the remaining 7 regions



  • Play a lead role in oversight / development of incident response structures (together with Continuity & Crisis Advisor) 



  • Be a subject-matter-expert globally and for team on Health and Safety regulation - develop appropriate policy and framework. The British Council operates across 120 countries. Train and support the regional safety and security adviser in H&S matters



  • Deputise for Head as needed, including influencing and maintaining relationships with senior management / stakeholders



  • Be part of the 24/7 365 days a year on call function for Safety, Security and Continuity/Resilience and support the organisation during a crisis



About you:

  • Proven experience of working in a security and safety risk management role 


  • Strong Health and Safety background including knowledge and experience relating to UK Health and Safety legislations, rules and regulations 

  • Proven experience of business continuity management 

  • Experience of complex organisational security issues and can demonstrate working in a challenging environment 

  • Working in project teams

  • Developing security/safety strategies for projects

  • Delivering security/safety related training globally






If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the documents below:

Role Profile.doc
BC Behaviours.pdf

Our Equality Commitment: 

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.  

The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.  

The British Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all of its partners to share this commitment. In line with the British Council’s safeguarding policies, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.