Friday, February 5, 2010

Job ad for already filled position

Edited to protect the "innocent"

Sr. Manager, Business Continuity Planning Manager at [organization]
Location: [US]
Experience: Mid-Senior level
Functions: Information Technology
Posted: January 29, 2010
Employer Job ID: ******

Job Description
The Business Continuity Planning Manager position will lead the development of a global disaster recovery strategy. In this role the Manager will drive the cross-functional collaboration and alignment to create and implement a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan. The ideal individual must possess strong business continuity expertise in a large global organization. The applicant will work extensively with executive management and key business and IT leaders to conduct business impact analysis and risk assessments, develop recovery strategies and plans for business and technology processes and environments, and plan and direct the testing of emergency response, recovery support and business resumption procedures.
The Manager must act as a business partner to key stakeholders across the company and able to proactively handle communication, alignment and change management.

Project Management and Planning

  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders.
  • Define project success criteria and disseminate them to involved parties throughout project life cycle.
  • Develop best practices and tools for project execution and management.


  • Detailed understanding of BCP/DRP at both technical and business levels.
  • Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) preferred
  • 10+ years experience in a BCP equivalent role, internal or external.
  • Bachelors Degree in Business, Information Management, or a related field; or the equivalent in education and work experience
  • In-depth risk assessment and solution management skills - strong problem solver.

No Agency help or relocation assistance

Additional Information

  • Referrals through network preferred.
  • Local candidates only, no relocation
  • No third party applications.

Why do I suspect the job posting is not "real?"

Given the job responsibility, most organizations would seek candidates from across the country, if not from around the world. The soliciting organization - note I do not write "hiring" organization - has a world-wide presence so promotion from within, even out of the local area, would seem appropriate, or at least worth investigating.

Still, advertisements for business continuity people, especially those for IT D/R people posing as business continuity planners (as sought by the advertisement above), seem to be increasing. There also are more advertisements for "real" business continuity practitioners.

John Glenn, MBCI
Available for employment in, or from, southeast Florida
JohnGlennMBCI at gmail dot com

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