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SO2 Operations and Plans

Vacancy summary

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

09/12/2021, 23:55 

May 2022
4 years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
RAF St Mawgan
United Kingdom
FTRS - Home Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader (Any Branch) to serve as SO2 Ops and Plans at RAF St Mawgan on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 03 May 2022 (or earlier, depending upon candidate status – but not before 02 February 2022).

The role of SO2 Ops and Plans is to lead a small section in delivery of Station exercises, operations, resilience and business continuity, infrastructure and contract management. Responsible for:

  • Leading and managing a team of five military and civilian personnel.
  • Lead on the coordination of exercises and operations at RAF St Mawgan.
  • Lead on all resilience and business continuity and contingency planning activity.
  • Manage all Infrastructure (Hard FM) and Catering, Retail and Leisure (Soft FM).
  • Manage the wider utilisation of the RAF St Mawgan Estate.
  • Coordinate Station and Lodger Unit activity in order to maintain operational output.

  • Must either have been, or currently be, a Squadron Leader (Any Branch) or a Flight Lieutenant (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.
  • JOD 1-3 or single Service equivalent.
  • Evidence of Ops and Plans experience.
  • Evidence of managing staff; military and civilian.
  • Command experience.
  • Contract management experience.
  • Experience of managing budgets.
  • Estate management experience.
  • Resilience and Contingency Planning experience.
  • Exercise planning 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: Squadron Leader Tom Forster



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

Wing Commander M R Kinnear MA RAF

Station Commander

RAF St Mawgan






The closing date for applications is 09 December 2021 and interviews (unless prom board required) will take place week commencing 13 December 2021.

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 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’.

Flexible Working Arrangements. In accordance with the Flexible Working (FW) Policy, Reserves personnel are able to request Flexible Working arrangements with their Line Manager.  Any immediate Flexible Working 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(LC/HC)/ADC TCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB.

This opportunity is closed to applications.