Head of Disaster Recovery

United States, New York City, NY
Job ID: 1499

Job Description

Joining a leading firm which prides themselves on their technology, the Head of DR will be responsible for managing the entire program, including the assessment, planning, testing and recovery for any-and-all relevant issues. This position requires the individual to work closely with both technology and business teams to successfully execute the disaster recovery strategy.

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Role Responsibilities

Create the DR Program

  • Create and maintain the firm-wide DR plan, which includes updating guidelines for disaster identification and declaration; and roles and responsibilities etc.
  • Validate the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) for existing applications and conduct analysis for new applications.
  • Seek input from DR Coordinators and other stakeholders to define and maintain up to date plans for executing procedures during a crisis
  • Design, plan, and coordinate testing and training activities.

Program Management

  • Monitor and respond to DR events and escalate as required a defined business committee.
  • Provide coordination for response teams that are embedded within the tech organisation.
  • Act as a primary coordinator between technology and senior leadership on DR topics.

Process Improvement and Evaluation

  • Evaluate current processes and procedures for inefficiencies related to resilience and/or disaster recovery, and recommend improvements.
  • Enhance IT governance and compliance programs to enable better resilience.
  • Coordinate various DR initiatives (e.g. vendor selection, implementation, training, and audit).


  • Assess cost requirements in the annual budgeting process.
  • Provide regular activity reports to management (e.g. testing conducted, incidents occurred etc.).

Required Skills and Experience

  • Designed and implemented and managed the Disaster Recovery program for a midsize organisation or large financial services institution.
  • Is current on disaster recovery best practices and standards (e.g. ISO 22301, IOSCO, and FFIEC guidance); and global operational resilience efforts.
  • Experience in cloud, hosted, and managed services in technology or financial services.
  • Familiarity with technology infrastructure concepts.
  • Data replication and restoration knowledge.
  • Experience with disaster scenario testing variants such as loss of systems/applications/databases, servers, networks, and data centres.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Executive presence and the ability to work at all levels of the organisation (technology, business, and senior leadership).

To apply for this role, either contact Olly at olly.hopping@techfellow.co.uk, or fill in the form below and he will receive your application.

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