Business Continuity Planners

Business Management & Administration > Operations Management

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Develop, maintain, or implement business continuity and disaster recovery strategies and solutions, including risk assessments, business impact analyses, strategy selection, and documentation of business continuity and disaster recovery procedures. Plan, conduct, and debrief regular mock-disaster exercises to test the adequacy of existing plans and strategies, updating procedures and plans regularly. Act as a coordinator for continuity efforts after a disruption event.

Common job titles of Business Continuity Planners include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 68.18% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 9.09% said they needed a Associate's Degree.


    Conduct or oversee collection of corporate intelligence to avoid fraud, financial crime, cyber-attack, terrorism, and infrastructure failure.

    Develop emergency management plans for recovery decision making and communications, continuity of critical departmental processes, or temporary shut-down of non-critical departments to ensure continuity of operation and governance.

    Conduct or oversee contingency plan integration and operation.

    Create scenarios to reestablish operations from various types of business disruptions.

    Develop disaster recovery plans for physical locations with critical assets, such as data centers.

    Identify opportunities for strategic improvement or mitigation of business interruption and other risks caused by business, regulatory, or industry-specific change initiatives.

    Analyze impact on, and risk to, essential business functions or information systems to identify acceptable recovery time periods and resource requirements.

    Prepare reports summarizing operational results, financial performance, or accomplishments of specified objectives, goals, or plans.

    Recommend or implement methods to monitor, evaluate, or enable resolution of safety, operations, or compliance interruptions.

    Review existing disaster recovery, crisis management, or business continuity plans.

    Test documented disaster recovery strategies and plans.

    Attend professional meetings, read literature, and participate in training or other educational offerings to keep abreast of new developments and technologies related to disaster recovery and business continuity.

    Create or administer training and awareness presentations or materials.

    Design or implement products and services to mitigate risk or facilitate use of technology-based tools and methods.

    Establish, maintain, or test call trees to ensure appropriate communication during disaster.

    Identify individual or transaction targets to direct intelligence collection.

    Interpret government regulations and applicable codes to ensure compliance.

    Maintain and update organization information technology applications and network systems blueprints.

    Write reports to summarize testing activities, including descriptions of goals, planning, scheduling, execution, results, analysis, conclusions, and recommendations.

    Analyze corporate intelligence data to identify trends, patterns, or warnings indicating threats to security of people, assets, information, or infrastructure.

    Create business continuity and disaster recovery budgets.


Teleconferencing systems

Tablet computers

Storage area network equipment

Personal computers

Multiline telephone systems

Mainframe computers

Desktop computers

All Tools

Computer server equipment

Computer laser printers


Atlassian JIRA

Business continuity software

CA Clarity PPM

COOP Systems myCOOP

EMC RSA Archer Business Continuity Management

RecoveryPlanner RPX

Strategic BCP ResilienceONE

All Technologies

SunGard Assurance

Virtual Corporation Sustainable Planner

Actuate BIRT

Computer operating systems

Emergency notification system software

Enterprise backup systems

Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite

Local area network LAN software

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS

MIR3 Intelligent Notification

SunGard NotiFind



Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Teaching others how to do something.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

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