Disaster Recovery Assurance Manager

  • location: Southfield, MI
  • type: Contract
  • salary: $60 - $65 per hour
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Disaster Recovery Assurance Manager

job summary:
Our Lansing Client has a long term contract opportunity for a Disaster Recovery Assurance Manager. This person will be responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining and managing the governance of the enterprise IT disaster recovery management (DRM) program.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan, build, run and manage enterprise-wide disaster recovery, including disaster recovery strategies, plan development, plan exercising, and manage related IT budgets (capital and operational), annual program agendas and recovery improvement metrics.
  • Participate in assessing the impact of a potential disruption in service, including declaring a disaster and activating the disaster recovery plan.
  • Manage the execution and completion of all disaster recovery test activities. The person who fills this position is expected to collaborate with business continuity management, business unit management, external business partners and key IT staff members for the purpose of planning, directing, controlling and maintaining effective disaster recovery plan testing.
  • Serve as the key IT liaison to the corporate business continuity management team, ensuring that IT technologies and processes support all key availability requirements (for example, crisis management, emergency notification, work area recovery). This individual is also responsible for data center recovery.
  • Manage and enforce contracts, along with associated service-level agreements (SLAs), for external DRM service providers, as required.
  • Assume management responsibility for IT disaster recovery (including data-center-specific and non-data-center-specific IT infrastructure), with a major focus on achieving all financial estimates, ensuring adequacy of end-state production recovery environments, meeting all strategic planning deliverables, and coordinating activities of technology resources with key business units and development groups, as required.
  • Initiate and manage data center recovery capacity planning coordination with key IT technology groups in support of specific business unit initiatives (current, planned and new), focusing on proactively ensuring an adequate recovery network and processing environment, as well as accurate and predictive budgeting.
  • Oversee the execution of the disaster recovery plan(s) when IT and/or major business operations disruptions occur.
  • Oversee the design, execution and continuous improvement of the disaster recovery plan through rigorous exercising.
  • Interface with the IT project office to ensure that new and ongoing projects sustain the level of recoverability consistent with business objectives.
  • Manage the creation of program status communications to internal management (board of directors, the audit committee, business continuity management steering committee and business unit management) and external stakeholders (regulators, auditors, customers and so forth) regarding the status of the IT disaster recovery program, including annual reporting, audit report responses and customer requests.
  • Perform all departmental administrative activities, including staff meeting attendance, monthly status reporting, budgeting, strategic planning, expense processing, documentation and other activities, as assigned, in a timely fashion.
 
location: Southfield, Michigan
job type: Contract
salary: $60 - 65 per hour
work hours: 8am to 5pm
education: No Degree Required
 
responsibilities:
Our Lansing Client has a long term contract opportunity for a Disaster Recovery Assurance Manager. This person will be responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining and managing the governance of the enterprise IT disaster recovery management (DRM) program.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan, build, run and manage enterprise-wide disaster recovery, including disaster recovery strategies, plan development, plan exercising, and manage related IT budgets (capital and operational), annual program agendas and recovery improvement metrics.
  • Participate in assessing the impact of a potential disruption in service, including declaring a disaster and activating the disaster recovery plan.
  • Manage the execution and completion of all disaster recovery test activities. The person who fills this position is expected to collaborate with business continuity management, business unit management, external business partners and key IT staff members for the purpose of planning, directing, controlling and maintaining effective disaster recovery plan testing.
  • Serve as the key IT liaison to the corporate business continuity management team, ensuring that IT technologies and processes support all key availability requirements (for example, crisis management, emergency notification, work area recovery). This individual is also responsible for data center recovery.
  • Manage and enforce contracts, along with associated service-level agreements (SLAs), for external DRM service providers, as required.
  • Assume management responsibility for IT disaster recovery (including data-center-specific and non-data-center-specific IT infrastructure), with a major focus on achieving all financial estimates, ensuring adequacy of end-state production recovery environments, meeting all strategic planning deliverables, and coordinating activities of technology resources with key business units and development groups, as required.
  • Initiate and manage data center recovery capacity planning coordination with key IT technology groups in support of specific business unit initiatives (current, planned and new), focusing on proactively ensuring an adequate recovery network and processing environment, as well as accurate and predictive budgeting.
  • Oversee the execution of the disaster recovery plan(s) when IT and/or major business operations disruptions occur.
  • Oversee the design, execution and continuous improvement of the disaster recovery plan through rigorous exercising.
  • Interface with the IT project office to ensure that new and ongoing projects sustain the level of recoverability consistent with business objectives.
  • Manage the creation of program status communications to internal management (board of directors, the audit committee, business continuity management steering committee and business unit management) and external stakeholders (regulators, auditors, customers and so forth) regarding the status of the IT disaster recovery program, including annual reporting, audit report responses and customer requests.
  • Perform all departmental administrative activities, including staff meeting attendance, monthly status reporting, budgeting, strategic planning, expense processing, documentation and other activities, as assigned, in a timely fashion.
Qualifications:

5+ years of experience in implementing disaster recovery, business continuity management and crisis management plans including

  • Policy, organization and architecture development
  • Data center infrastructure development
  • Vendor management of external disaster recovery service providers
  • Recovery strategy development, and multiple plan development and maintenance
  • Recovery plan testing
  • Overall program management and governance
  • 2+ years experience in business continuity management/disaster recovery
  • Experience in defining, implementing and enforcing risk-based standards, processes and procedures for responding to disruptions in business or IT operations
5+ years organizational management experience, including:

  • Proven strategic leadership and relationship management capabilities, with experience with internal stakeholders - particularly senior and line-of-business management, as well as customers, external business partners and third-party service providers
  • Proven competency in executing large projects, on time and within budget, with business and IT personnel
  • Experience leading and managing high-performance multidisciplinary workgroups or teams to meet goals across multiple projects
  • Experience in creating and defining new operational models and procedures, and explaining complex problems or situations
  • Extensive experience in leading and managing groups of self-directed professionals
  • A true business leader, not simply an IT or other operational specialist - strong leadership and communication skills are essential criteria for this position, because the disaster recovery assurance manager's success depends heavily on cooperation and commitment from every level of business, and from personnel in many different roles
  • Proven ability to work under stressful conditions, such as business-related crises
 
qualifications:
Qualifications:

5+ years of experience in implementing disaster recovery, business continuity management and crisis management plans including

  • Policy, organization and architecture development
  • Data center infrastructure development
  • Vendor management of external disaster recovery service providers
  • Recovery strategy development, and multiple plan development and maintenance
  • Recovery plan testing
  • Overall program management and governance
  • 2+ years experience in business continuity management/disaster recovery
  • Experience in defining, implementing and enforcing risk-based standards, processes and procedures for responding to disruptions in business or IT operations
5+ years organizational management experience, including:

  • Proven strategic leadership and relationship management capabilities, with experience with internal stakeholders - particularly senior and line-of-business management, as well as customers, external business partners and third-party service providers
  • Proven competency in executing large projects, on time and within budget, with business and IT personnel
  • Experience leading and managing high-performance multidisciplinary workgroups or teams to meet goals across multiple projects
  • Experience in creating and defining new operational models and procedures, and explaining complex problems or situations
  • Extensive experience in leading and managing groups of self-directed professionals
  • A true business leader, not simply an IT or other operational specialist - strong leadership and communication skills are essential criteria for this position, because the disaster recovery assurance manager's success depends heavily on cooperation and commitment from every level of business, and from personnel in many different roles
  • Proven ability to work under stressful conditions, such as business-related crises
 
skills: Qualifications:

5+ years of experience in implementing disaster recovery, business continuity management and crisis management plans including

  • Policy, organization and architecture development
  • Data center infrastructure development
  • Vendor management of external disaster recovery service providers
  • Recovery strategy development, and multiple plan development and maintenance
  • Recovery plan testing
  • Overall program management and governance
  • 2+ years experience in business continuity management/disaster recovery
  • Experience in defining, implementing and enforcing risk-based standards, processes and procedures for responding to disruptions in business or IT operations
5+ years organizational management experience, including:

  • Proven strategic leadership and relationship management capabilities, with experience with internal stakeholders - particularly senior and line-of-business management, as well as customers, external business partners and third-party service providers
  • Proven competency in executing large projects, on time and within budget, with business and IT personnel
  • Experience leading and managing high-performance multidisciplinary workgroups or teams to meet goals across multiple projects
  • Experience in creating and defining new operational models and procedures, and explaining complex problems or situations
  • Extensive experience in leading and managing groups of self-directed professionals
  • A true business leader, not simply an IT or other operational specialist - strong leadership and communication skills are essential criteria for this position, because the disaster recovery assurance manager's success depends heavily on cooperation and commitment from every level of business, and from personnel in many different roles
  • Proven ability to work under stressful conditions, such as business-related crises

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