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Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OR-9 - WO1 - WO/Macr, OF-2 - Lt - Capt RM - Capt - Flt Lt
Flight Lieutenant, Warrant Officer

04/01/2023, 23:55 

March 2023
5 Years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
RAF Cosford
United Kingdom
Additional Duties Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Flt Lt (Any Profession) or a WO (Any Profession) with recent experience in the airfield operations environment to serve as the Station Flight Safety Officer (SFSO) at RAF Cosford on Additional Duties Commitment (ADC) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS) with an initial proposed start date being not before 6 March 2023. However, preference will be given to Flt Lts serving in the Aircrew/ Air & Space & Ops(Air Ops (C) Profession or Warrant Officers in the Air & Space Ops (NCA/NCC) Professions.

The post requires a highly motivated person who will proactively work to improve flight safety at a busy and diverse military airfield.  Job specifications include, but are not restricted to, the following:

•    Promoting and facilitating an effective Flight Safety, Error Management and Foreign Object Damage (FOD) protection culture across the Station.

•    Liaising with all ranks and advising the Station Commander (as Head of Establishment).

•    Organising regular Unit Air Safety Meetings, Delivery Duty Holder Review Groups and co-ordination of Air Safety Occurrence Reports. 

•    Ownership and co-ordination of the Defence Aerodrome Assurance Framework and Air Safety Management Plan.

•    Acting as Station Error Management System Coordinator (SEMSCO), coordinating the efforts of the Deputy and Local Error Management System Coordinators to deliver an effective Aviation Error Management System.  

•    In the unlikely event of an aircraft incident, facilitating the requirements of the RAF Service Inquiry Team.

•    Providing advice and support in the organisation of Station Crash Exercises. 

Must either have been, or currently be, Flight Lieutenant (Any). If an applicant has been out of full-time military service and is applying for a post on promotion, they will also need to send their civilian appraisals or equivalent to evidence recent skills, knowledge and experience to be considered by the Promotion Board.

Must either have been, or currently be, a Warrant Officer (Any) or a Flight Sergeant (Any) eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 2 Leaflet 560 and AP 3376 Vol 19. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board. If an applicant has been out of full-time military service and is applying for a post on promotion, they will also need to send their civilian appraisals or equivalent to evidence recent skills, knowledge and experience to be considered by the Promotion Board.

  • Applicants must possess credibility through recent experience within the airfield operations environment, effective communications skills (verbal, written and IT) and be able to brief and present with authority. 
  • Completed the Flt Safety Officers’ course*.
  • Completed the Human Factors Facilitators’ course*.
  • Working knowledge of the RAF Flight Safety environment.
  • Working knowledge of Aviation Safety Information Management System and Aviation Error Management System, as well as Occurrence Safety Investigation and Service Inquiry.

*The Flt Safety Officers’ course and the Human Factors Facilitators’ course may be arranged after appointment for applicants who meet the other essential requirements.

A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 3 (for airmen)/4 (for officers) appraisal reports as required.  Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Name: Squadron Leader A N Pickering

Tel: 01902 377778

Mil - 95561 7778


Applications.  Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 4 appraisal reports (officers) or 3 appraisal reports (airmen) should be sent to:

Squadron Leader A N Pickering

Airfield Manager
Airfield HQ
RAF Cosford


The closing date for applications is 4 January 2023 and interviews (unless prom board required) will take place during late January and early February 2023.

Unless already commissioned or enlisted in the Reserve Air Forces, the successful applicant will be required to be commissioned or enlisted in the RAFR with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

The appointment is on ADC (180 days) 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 up to 5 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

Personnel who do not meet the Age/Joint Medical Employment Standard (JMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered in the absence of candidates who meet the criteria.

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 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 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 Cosford.

This opportunity is closed to applications.