Sidley Austin LLP

  • Business Continuity Specialist

    Recruiting Location US-IL-Chicago
  • Summary

    The Business Continuity Specialist is responsible to maintain the planning, governance, implementation, maintenance, and execution of Business Continuity components. The role will work directly with critical process leaders to ensure that policies, plans, procedures, and strategies effectively provide the recovery framework for restoration of critical processes that meet or exceed business demand.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Coordinate the development and maintenance of comprehensive Business Impact Analyses, Risk Assessments, Change Management, and Audit Management program components.
    • Provide input and integrate policies, guidelines, and controls to govern program effectiveness and alignment with industry best practices. Maintain the Firm’s ISO 22301 certification.
    • Complete Risk Assessments to identify inadequate strategies and concerns with associated remediation tactics for project sponsors.
    • Participate in enterprise-wide risk assessments, which include periodic and random inspections; prepare associated reports as necessary.
    • Maintain Firm wide change control of Business Continuity, Life Safety, and Security documentation.
    • Facilitate the completion of Business Impact Analysis through survey development, roundtable discussions and best practice methodology reporting.
    • Ensure appropriate plans, procedures and supplemental documentation is properly maintained and readily available.
    • Plan and schedule all Business Continuity exercises.
    • Coordinate ongoing Business Continuity awareness and training sessions that reinforce familiarity with roles/responsibilities and plan procedures. Analyze weekly and monthly metrics, benchmark milestones, and program progress to the Business Continuity sponsors and leadership.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (the “Duties”) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Employees or applicants who need an accommodation should contact Human Resources. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources)


    Education and/or Experience:


    • Bachelor’s degree.
    • Minimum of 5 years practical experience in the Business Continuity industry regarding the development of plans, procedures, strategies, risk assessments, business impact analysis, audit reviews, exercise facilitation, contractual review and vendor management.
    • Minimum of 5 years experience working with cross functional teams and strong inter-personal communication skills.
    • Proven competency in the timely management and execution of large projects.
    • Administrator level skill with Emergency Notification Systems and similar planning applications.
    • MS Office proficiency with Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint and Project.



    • Possess a broad global experience in the key areas of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, as well as program management experience in public/private BCP programs, and functional knowledge and expertise in core competencies of emergency response, and crisis management.
    • Certification in good standing from DRII (CBCP), BCI (MBCI), ICOR (CORS), or FEMA PCP-1.
    • Active memberships in Business Continuity peer groups.
    • Familiarization with Fusion Risk Management software.
    • Project management experience.
    • Experience working in a distributed/virtual environment.


    Other Skills and Abilities:

    The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Good judgment
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills
    • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
    • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
    • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
    • Able to work under pressure
    • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities



    Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.





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