Strategic Risk and Resilience Manager
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

Strategic Risk & Resilience Manager

Salary: Grade 8(£43,414 - £51,805 p.a. depending on experience) 

We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Can you provide strategic and operational leadership on all aspects of risk management? Do you have significant experience of embedding risk tools & techniques in a large complex environment? Do you have the ability to support a developing business continuity and operational resilience framework? Do you have experience of engaging across multiple teams?

The University of Leeds is one of the top 135 universities in the world.   We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities.  Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe. 

We are looking for an experienced individual for this new role, which will support the ongoing development of the University’s risk management and business continuity frameworks. You will be an experienced risk manager, with a proven track record in identifying key strategic and operational risks and implementing successful mitigation plans. The ability to confidently and effectively engage with peers at a management level is essential.

Based in the Risk Management Directorate, you will support the further development of an ongoing programme of work to improve the maturity of our strategic and operational risk management framework and to embed our new approach to business continuity and organisational resilience.  

You will engage with colleagues across faculties (e.g. engineering and physical sciences, medicine and health, business, etc.), professional services (e.g. estates, IT, student education services, etc.) and their respective leadership teams, providing advice, guidance and support to ensure that appropriate arrangements are refined, integrated, embedded, continuously improved and operate effectively and efficiently across the University.  You will be able to influence and persuade colleagues to deliver an ambitious agenda across a large and complex organisation, in order to further develop our risk frameworks.

The University of Leeds has a new and ambitious strategic plan. You will join an influential team playing a pivotal role in supporting senior leaders across the University in the implementation and delivery of the plan through providing specialist Risk Management services.

The Risk Management Directorate was established in early 2019 and is driving a transformation plan across the University to improve the ways we identify, manage and mitigate key risks to our strategy, operations and major change programmes, such as the Student Lifecycle Programme.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus 16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – that’s 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme – the University contributes 21.6% of salary
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more!  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Paul Griffiths, Director of Risk Management


Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Professional Services
School/Institute: Risk Management Directorate
Category: Professional & Managerial
Grade: Grade 8
Salary: £43,414 to £51,805 p.a.
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Ongoing
Release Date: Tuesday 14 March 2023
Closing Date: Thursday 06 April 2023
Reference: PSRMD1000

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