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SpTx Innovation PM

Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
ECR 36926
OF-4 - Cdr - Lt Col - Wg Cdr
Wing Commander

30/07/2021, 23:55 

December 2021
3 Years
Royal Air Force
UKStratCom, MOD Abbey Wood
United Kingdom
FTRS - Limited Commitment

Vacancy detail

Subject to formal establishment amendment, a vacancy may arise for a Wing Commander (Logistics) to serve as Support Transformation (SpTx) Innovation PM at Abbey Wood, Bristol on Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 13th December 2021 (or earlier, depending upon formal establishment and candidate status).

The role requires an individual with a strong ‘Support’ (Engineering Support, Equipment Support or Logistics Support) background, with up-to-date operational expertise, ideally in a Joint environment. The incumbent will be responsible for developing an innovation portfolio that will exploit seed funding and experimentation to identify innovative solutions that will transform the future of Support in Defence. They will be required to provide support to the Defence Support senior team; work alongside colleagues in the Concepts and Force Development space; and work closely with colleagues across the Front Line Commands and UKStratCom to ensure coherence and de-confliction across parallel innovation programmes. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Identify and commission areas of opportunity and innovation, ensuring the most cost effective and efficient means of delivery.
  • Manage the delivery of multiple Projects within the Performance / Cost / Time envelop, ensuring alignment with strategic vision and outcomes.
  • Manage benefits realisation (efficiency & effectiveness) and delivery across all Projects.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships across a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, to ensure coherence and exploit best practice.
  • Support the Defence Support Lead in developing the Support approach to achieving wider Government’s targets such as Net Zero 50 Carbon Neutrality target.
  • Support and deputise for the Team Leader as necessary. Ability to brief senior staff up to 2* level (Civilian and Military).
Must either have been, or currently be, a Wing Commander (Logistics) or a Squadron Leader (Logistics) eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board.
  • Experience of working in MOD Centre.
  • Experience of working in DE&S.
  • MSP practitioner (or similar) qualification (or prepared to qualify within six months of selection).
  • Experience, working in the Joint environment, as this is a pan-Defence role.

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:

Mr Richard Hamber – SpTx Innovation Lead

Tel: 07806 504652


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

Mr Richard Hamber – SpTx Innovation TL, Maple 1A #2124, NH2, MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol, BS34 8JH or


The closing date for applications is 30 July 2021 and interviews (unless prom board required) will take place shortly afterwards.

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 (Limited 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 3 years with an expectation that the post will be further extended to 2029 with a consequent opportunity for extension under the normal terms of FTRS service.

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.

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 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. However, there is no accommodation with this post at MOD Abbey Wood.

This opportunity is closed to applications.