COS AIR XO
A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader (any branch) to serve as the Executive Officer in the Chief of Staff (Air) pillar based at RAF High Wycombe, although working from home (WFH) is fully supported, serving on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS). The start date is 1 July 2022.
The role is to deliver coherence in the risk and management information flowing to the Air Executive Committee. This requires a detailed understanding of the Enterprise Risk Management approach along with the construction of reporting frameworks on the PARMIS application to capture detail in support the delivery of Chief of Air Staff’ Accountabilities; the Capability Readiness Assessment Framework; Air Command Plan Output Map Activities; relevant Air subordinate plans; Air Dependencies; and Air 'management questions'.
There is also a requirement to embed PARMIS use into Air Ways of Working and support on-line PARMIS training. Therefore, the role requires a broad understanding of Air Command outputs; the ability to conduct data and risk analysis; and the aptitude to communicate confidently via Skype or Teams.
Notwithstanding hybrid WFH flexibility, the incumbent will be a required to attend meetings and briefings at RAF High Wycombe, Headquarters Air Command once a month. There will be a requirement to access MoDNet(S) on a weekly basis, which may be achieved at any Ministry of Defence establishment which has MoDNet(S) access.
Successful candidates will receive specific training on PARMIS software (as required) and in risk management. Candidates must be competent and confident at operating at 1-star formation level as a minimum. Candidates should enter the working environment computer competent, with a good working knowledge of the Office 365 suite of applications. A professional qualification on Enterprise Risk Management is highly desirable.
- Must either have been, or currently be, a Sqn Ldr (any branch) or a Flt Lt (any branch) eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board.
- Must hold or attain a security clearance of SC.
- A professional qualification in Enterprise Risk Management.
- O365 Bronze Standard.
• Previous use of PARMIS for strategy, risk or project
Selection Process. A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 4 appraisal reports as required. Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:
Name: Wg Cdr Andrew Gilroy
Tel: 0044 300 151 3746
Applications. Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 4 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to:
Deputy Chief of Staff (AIR)
Headquarters Air Command
Spitfire Block Rm 2E28
RAF High Wycombe
The closing date for applications is 30 November 2021 and interviews (unless prom board required) will take place week commencing 14 February 2022.
Applicant Considerations. Unless already commissioned in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be commissioned in the RAFR with a liability for call-out for permanent service.
The appointment is on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 Chapter 16 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period of 4 years.
Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board. Personnel who do not meet the Age/Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case by case basis.
Candidates who have been out of regular or reserve service for more than 5 years may be considered for this appointment. Prior approval must be sought from the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor to confirm currency and experience prior to being invited to interview.
Applicants of an equivalent rank from sister Services may apply but will only be accepted into RAFR service if an appropriate branch/trade sponsor can be identified to sponsor the applicant. Branch/trade sponsor approval must be agreed before the interview.
Regular Service Applicants. Personnel currently serving in the Regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Branch/Trade and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsor’s proposed start date, prior to applying.
Ex-service candidates who have been administratively discharged through the QR1027 process will have their applications rejected as they are not eligible to join the RAF Reserves in accordance with AP 3391 (Vol 3, Lft 207, Annex L, Para 1a)
Pension Issues. Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pensions-and-compensation-for-veterans. Of note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment on Commutation’.
Flexible Working Arrangements. In accordance with the Flexible Working (FW) Policy, Reserves personnel are able to request FW arrangements with their line manager. Any immediate FW requirements should be agreed with the line management at the interview stage.
Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT). Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment (if required).
Other Chief of Staff (Air) Mandatory Training. Within one month of commencing duties with the Chief of Staff (Air) pillar the candidate will be required to have completed the following mandatory training courses either delivered at RAF High Wycombe or via the Defence Learning Environment:
Office Safety - V386
Display Screen Equipment Course – V397
Home working - Safety - V5013
Home - Display Screen Equipment - V5016
Equality and Diversity Course – EDE13
Unconscious Bias – UB1301
Annual Fire Trg
Annual Security Brief
Defence Information Management Passport V6.0
Business Continuity Course – BCSP001
Annual Salary and Leave. Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces. Leave entitlement is detailed in JSP 760.
Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS(HC) TCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB. However, due to a severe shortage, it is unlikely that accommodation will be available at RAF High Wycombe.
Should a candidate be selected who has been out of the Service greater than 5 years, the recruitment pack will not be despatched until the Bespoke Training Form has been completed and endorsed by HQ 22 Trg Gp
(Director General Training) and SO1 Reserves Support.
This opportunity is closed to applications.