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RITS Product Owner

Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OR-7 - CPO - SSgt/CSgt - Chf Tech/FS
Flight Sergeant

04/10/2022, 23:55 

January 2023
3 years, 3 months
Royal Air Force
HQ RAF R&S, RAF Cranwell
United Kingdom
FTRS - Home Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Fight Sergeant (Any) to serve as the Joint RN/RAF Recruiting Information Technology System (RITS) RAF Product Owner (PO) at HQ RAF Recruiting and Selection (R&S), RAF Cranwell on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 03 January 2023. 

The RAF R&S RITS PO is the Service’s customer representative in the development team, working collaboratively with their opposite number in the RN and the contractor-delivered support team to maintain and develop the RITS app as part of a continuous improvement programme.  RITS has been built using low-code/no-code technology so that trained RN and RAF users can update and re-configure it, enabling a rapid and flexible response to users’ change requests.  The job holder will be trained as a Business Architect and, working within an Agile methodology, the PO is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of User Stories and Epics, prioritising the fault and capability enhancement backlog, and representing the RAF’s needs in Joint change management boards.

Responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

•    Manage and direct all system change management processes and assure reference data changes, liaising closely with SO3 Recruiting Processes to ensure any changes are documented and disseminated promptly.

•    In conjunction with the rest of the Digital Innovation, Systems Management and Analytics (DISMA) team, provide first-line support for RAF users, including out of hours emergency cover in cooperation with the RN PO.

•    Act as lead RAF SME for investigating RITS defects, liaising with the RN PO as appropriate.

•    Act as R&S tactical-level RITS SME with external agencies, and advise other R&S project leaders of any impacts to and from RITS as a result of their plans .

•    Manage RITS security operating procedures.

•    Provide ad hoc SME RITS guidance and mentoring when requested.

•    Any other duties detailed by SO2 Plans & DISMA.

Applicants must either have been, or currently be, a Flight Sergeant (Any) or a Sergeant (Any) eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 2 Leaflet 560 and AP 3376 Vol 1. 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.    

  • Experience as an IT systems manager or systems support role.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Excel.
  • Having worked in a Joint environment (and ideally with contractors).
  • Experience of working in RAF R&S.
  • Experience of project management.

A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based initially on an applicant’s last 3 appraisal reports to assess eligibility and create a shortlist, and then a panel interview to select the best candidate.  Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Name:    Mr Mick Pullin
Skype: Pullin, Michael C2 (CRN-RecruitSelect-PlansDISMA-SO2)

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

Contact details of Post Sponsor

Wg Cdr M Burt

The closing date for applications is 04 October 2022.

Interviews will take place week commencing 10 October 2022.

TCoS.  Unless already enlisted in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be enlisted in the Royal Air Force Reserves 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 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period up to 31 March 2026.

Appointment.  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.

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, Profession and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsor’s proposed start date, prior to applying.

Ineligibility.  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, Reserve personnel can 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(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 Cranwell.

This opportunity is closed to applications.