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Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OF-4 - Cdr - Lt Col - Wg Cdr
Wing Commander

31/10/2022, 23:55 

December 2022
3 years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
MOD Corsham
United Kingdom
FTRS - Full Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Wg Cdr to serve as Assistant Head SATCOM Requirements NET REQ ASST HD (Assistant Head SATCOM Requirements) at MOD Corsham on Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 01 December 2022. 

The position is responsible to the Skynet 6 Capability Sponsor (1*) and SATCOM PM (B1/OF5) for capturing and articulating the SATCOM User Requirement out to 2040 and beyond, in order to inform and shape a significant number of projects planned / delivering under the CAT A Skynet 6 Programme.  The requirements team is a Whole Force (Tri- Service, Civil Service, Contractor) team led by RAF OF4 and is responsible for development of the Skynet 6 User Requirements Document (URD), the Requirements and Acceptance Management Strategy (RAMS), developing a robust Integrated Test, Evaluation and Acceptance Plan (ITEAP), ensuring coherence with the Systems Engineering Team (and the System Requirements Document (SRD)), and engaging with the approvals process to ensure the proposed capability solution can be fully justified based on the endorsed requirement.

Duties include:

  • Engaging with User Communities to capture future demand signal for SATCOM services in order to inform future programme direction.
  • Representing the Cap Sponsor within the Programme and guarding the ‘golden thread of policy, through requirements, to delivery.
  • Communicating the Capability Sponsor/SRO’s intent within the programme and its subordinate projects.
  • Supporting the Capability Sponsor in developing the CONEMP/CONUSE associated with the programme and its subordinate projects on an iterative basis.
  • Supporting the Capability Sponsor in the development and coherence of pan-DLOD requirements.
  • Assisting the Projects with Invitations to Tender/Negotiate and Contractor down-selection.
  • Producing and manage the Integrated Test, Evaluation and Acceptance process to ensure the efficient achievement of requirements.
  • Proposing or assuring evidence-based programme or project P/C/T trades to enable informed decisions to be made.
  • Must be, or have been, a Wing Commander or Squadron Leader within the Cyberspace or Engineer Profession, or single service equivalents
  • Exposure to Requirements Management from previous roles, and / or, have previous SATCOM experience.
  • Able to demonstrate senior level Stakeholder management.
  • Programme Management SQEP.
  • Able to demonstrate experience managing change on CAT A programmes.
  • Previous OF3/4 command experience.

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 S D Clarke, CM13, COS Pers, Air Command, RAF High Wycombe, HP14 4XN.

Tel: Skype +443001664606

Applications.  Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 4 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to:

Wg Cdr S D Clarke, CM13, COS Pers, Air Command, RAF High Wycombe, HP14 4XN.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2022.  Interviews will take place week commencing 07 November 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 (Full 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 approximately 3 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 Professions 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 the Royal Air Force Reserves if an appropriate Professions advisor sponsors the applicant. The relevant Profession’s advisor 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 and MMP116 - Re-employment. Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment’ on Commutation and, for those leaving on a ‘preserved’ pension, the Resettlement Grant.

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.

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS(FC) TCoS are entitled to Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and Service Families Accommodation (SFA) as per Regular entitlements.

This opportunity is closed to applications.