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SO2 Air Safety

Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
ECR 38152
OF-3 - Lt Cdr - Maj - Sqn Ldr
Squadron Leader

31/01/2022, 23:55 

June 2022
4 years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
RAF Brize Norton
United Kingdom
Additional Duties Commitment

Vacancy detail

Subject to formal establishment amendment, a vacancy may arise for a Squadron Leader (Any Branch) to serve as SO2 Air Mobility Force Safety, Risk and Resilience in the Air Mobility Force Headquarters (AMFHQ) at RAF Brize Norton on Additional Duties Commitment Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 06 June 2022 (or earlier, depending upon candidate status). Preference will be given to applicants with recent working knowledge and experience of Air Safety regulations and processes and experience in aviation/aviation-facing roles. This includes, but is not limited to; Aircrew, Air Battlespace Management, Flight Ops and Engineering branches.

The SO2 Air Mobility Force Safety, Risk and Resilience officer will report directly to the Deputy Force Commander and work across the AMFHQ to deliver assurance and staffing capabilities to support Air Mobility output. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•    Providing management of all AMFHQ Safety & Risk matters and encouraging the development of a Total Safety Culture, including delivery and management of all AMFHQ Air Safety governance meetings, publicity and DASOR oversight.  
•    Production of the AMFHQ Air Safety Management Plan, annual reviews and updates when there are significant changes to circumstances. 
•    Participating in the planning and execution of formal Air Safety Assurance Visits to HQ 2 Gp MOBs and Platform operating locations in addition to ongoing Oversight & Surveillance activity when required. 

•    Monitoring and controlling post-Air Safety Assurance Visit actions for AMFHQ and subordinate stations. 
•    Co-ordinating and executing bespoke assurance activities and Organisational Safety Assessments as directed.  
•    Ensuring AMFHQ oversight of (and, where necessary, intervention in) Flight and Air Safety issues across the Air Mobility Force (AMF) AOR and DH-facing domains to a level that fully supports the Air Mobility Force Commander (AMFC) exercising ALARP and tolerable judgments.  

•    Staffing Air Safety requests and other submissions to AMFC from station level (DDH level), and staffing directions from AOC 2 Gp (ODH Level) towards stations as required.

•    Supporting SO1 A3, A7 Trg and SO1 A5 Plans on issues of Safety, Training, Assurance and Regulation (Policy) of AMF flying activity.  
•    Being familiar with MAA, AP8000 and 2 Gp Air Safety requirements, and providing guidance and support of the same. 
•    Being familiar with C-17, CSAT, C-130J, Voyager and A400M platforms and AFE and building close working links with RAF Northolt and RAF Brize Norton Air Safety Teams. 
•    Managing risk data, using PARMIS, to provide the AFMC with oversight and understanding of all AM Fce risks and providing data to support reports and Command Boards, as required.

•    Maintaining oversight of AMF Business Continuity planning and resilience, taking a proactive role in Continuous Improvement of these areas.

•        Must either have been, or currently be, a Squadron Leader (Any Branch).
•        A recent working knowledge and experience of Air Safety regulations and process and experience in aviation/aviation-facing roles. 
•        Highly developed communication, interpersonal and staff skills. 
•        The following qualifications (or the ability to obtain these qualifications as soon as possible after commencing the role if not already held):

•    MAA Air Safety Risk Management Practitioner and/or MAA Duty Holders Air Safety Course.
•    Human Factors/Error Management qualified. 
•    MAA Flying Supervisor’s Course. 
•    PARMIS DLE ‘Super User’ training. 

•    Practical experience of managing Air Safety systems.

•    MAA Occurrence Investigator. 

•    MAA Human Factors Facilitator Instructor.

•    A working knowledge of Risk Management and reporting systems (formerly SAPHIRE, now PARMIS).

•    Knowledge of Business Continuity planning and implementation.

•    Certificate of Business Continuity Institute (CBCI) (or completion after commencing post).

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.  Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to: 

Name: Squadron Leader Patrick Hearne (AMFHQ COS)


Applications.  Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 4 appraisal reports) should be sent to Squadron Leader Patrick Hearne (AMFHQ COS)

The closing date for applications is 11 October 2021.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2022 and interviews will take place week commencing 07 February 2022.

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 current and past 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 Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment on Commutation’. 

Transition between TCoS.  Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS. 

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). 

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


Personnel serving on FTRS(LC/HC)/ADC 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 Brize Norton.

This opportunity is closed to applications.