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XO Careers Engagement

Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
ECR 47882
OF-2 - Lt - Capt RM - Capt - Flt Lt
Flight Lieutenant

30/06/2022, 23:55 

August 2022
2 years, 7 months
Royal Air Force
RAF Cranwell
United Kingdom
FTRS - Limited Commitment

Vacancy detail

Subject to formal establishment amendment, a vacancy will arise for a Flt Lt (Any Profession/Specialisation) to serve as XO Careers Engagement (CE) at RAF Cranwell on FTRS (LC) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 29 August 2022 or earlier subject to candidates status.

Job Description

Careers Engagement staff are directly responsible for planning, executing, and assessing Recruitment and Selection (R&S) interaction with groups or individuals who are eligible to join the RAF, or may do so in the future.  The XO will assist Officer Commanding CE in delivering this engagement nationally in the five engagement regions of the UK. Specifically oversight of all recruitment CE activity, undertaken by Recruiting Force (RF) personnel, to meet dynamic Into Training Requirements (ITR), prioritising the achievement of diversity targets, the filling of priority branches and professions, alignment with recruiting levels of ambition, Gatsby good careers guidance benchmarks and national delivery/support contractors. You are to support OC Careers Engagement (OC CE) in the creation of the National CE Plan through the analysis of UK demographic, educational and economic factors cognisant of the individual factors affecting the UK Nations and regions.

Job Specification:

Individual Role.

  • Acting as Sqn Cdr in the absence of OC CE and deputising for them when necessary.
  • Assisting OC CE provide Command and Control (C2) of all Careers Engagement (CE) personnel; responsible for their selection, training, governance, performance management, discipline, Health & Safety, safeguarding, welfare and career development.
  • Assist in the production of the RF National Careers Engagement Plan (CEP) derivative from overarching R&S strategy on behalf of Gp Capt R&S.
  • Provide support to OC CE in the day-to-day supervision of the CEP. Working closely with CE CS to analyse data iaw 2a above and returns on Regional CEPs delivery. Compile monthly progress returns on the Regional and National CEPs and provide recommendations to OC CE on improving effectiveness.
  • Work with OC CE to manage and optimise corporate relationships with the Careers Enterprise Company(CEC), DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) in Scotland and NI Direct for Northern Ireland. Manage/optimise relationships with any other organisations/charities beneficial to delivering attract activity to a diverse audience i.e. Speakers 4 Schools and Not Going to Uni.
  • Manage the Engagement Database with the CE CS. Provide evidence based monthly, and on demand CE, effectiveness analysis to OC CE.
  • Work with SO2s RF, COS Marketing, D&I Policy, Ethnic Minority Recruiting and Air stakeholders i.e. Air media, Reserves Employer team) and RF Regional Cdrs to deliver a harmonised, cohesive, and effective CEP, mindful of AFRP and sister Services.
  • Act as the central point of contact for all CE equipment, clothing and marketing material and ensure personnel have adequate equipment to undertake their duties. Collate and staff requests for new and replacement resources.

Core Objectives.

All R&S personnel are responsible through the CoC to Gp Capt R&S for meeting the following core objectives:

  • Main Effort (ME). Achieve the specified degree of candidate diversity within the delivery of the ITRs.
  • Women. Raising the profile to improve women representation across all professions through focused careers engagement, marketing, and recruitment practices, in support of the PM’s directive.
  • Ethnic Minorities (EM). Raising the profile to improve EM representation across all professions through focused careers engagement, marketing, and recruitment practices, in support of the PM’s directive
  • Under 18s. Improving recruitment of Under 18s, with an emphasis on Apprenticeships and DfE guidance that allows students to leave school at 16 for an RAF career, through focused engagement, marketing, and recruitment practises that informs candidates, their parents (or carers) and the broader education community. 
  • Must either have been, or currently be, a Flight Lieutenant (Any Profession)
  • Must have previous experience of RAF recruiting and/or delivering engagement activity on behalf of the RAF.
  • Must possess excellent communication and presentational skills.
  • Must be prepared to work autonomously and prioritise workload without close supervision, albeit with recourse to advice and direction from OC CE and senior personnel within the HQ R&S Chain of Command.
  • Must be prepared to travel routinely throughout the UK to visit the 5 engagement regions and to HQ R&S at RAF Cranwell as required for Co-ord Meetings with the RF Commander, OC CE, and other senior personnel.
  • Must possess a full UK driving licence.
  • Depending on previous experience, the successful applicant will be required to attend key elements of the PSTS Recruiters’ Course held at HQ R&S.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Should have practical experience of working with Educational Establishments, and with other external bodies/agencies.
  • Should have broad Service and administrative experience, with an adequate knowledge and understanding of all current RAF Professions and Specialisations.
  • Should demonstrate first class verbal and written communication skills.
  • Should possess a strong working knowledge of basic IT (MODNET and MS Apps).
  • Should have some experience of working with, or as a member of the RAF Air Cadet organisation.

A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, including sifting on an applicant’s last 4 appraisal reports and then a face to face or virtual interview as required.  Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Name:  Flt Lt Jim Tait


Tel: 07970324551

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

Flt Lt Jim Tait

SO3 Attract Plans East

AFCO Leeds

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2022 and interviews will take place shortly afterwards.

Unless already serving in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be attest into the Royal Air Force Reserves with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

The appointment is on FTRS (Limited Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period until 31 Mar 25

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.

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(LC) TCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB. This will be subject to the availability of Service accommodation.

This opportunity is closed to applications.