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Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OR-7 - CPO - SSgt/CSgt - Chf Tech/FS
Chief Petty Officer, Staff Sergeant / Colour Sergeant, Chief Technician

30/09/2022, 23:55 

January 2023
5 Years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
RAF Lossiemouth
United Kingdom
FTRS - Limited Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Chief Technician – Engineer to serve as Investigator A4 at RAF Lossiemouth on Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 09 January 2023.

The AIR Safety Investigation Team (ASIT) is a geographically dispersed team of Junior Officers and SNCOs who provide an impartial investigation capability into human-factor centric air and ground safety incidents, via the delivery of Non-Statutory Inquiries (such as Air Occurrence Safety Investigations) and Local Investigations, and make recommendations to Duty Holders to prevent recurrences.  As an investigator, you will establish the facts behind an incident through the gathering of data and talking to those involved in the incident to determine the sequence of events, understand the decisions and human factor influences that led to the event, and propose to the Duty Holder (or their representatives) options to reduce recurrence.  This role requires regular interviews and discussions with RAF personnel, typically of all professions from AS1 to Wg Cdr, along with equivalent civil servants and contractors, and occasionally Army and Navy personnel. Experience as an investigator is not necessary, but applicants must be comfortable engaging with a wide range of personnel, possess excellent people skills, be intelligent to people’s emotions, have strong analytical and report writing capabilities, and confidence presenting findings to a reviewing panel.

This role requires regular travel nationwide, occasionally overseas, and sometimes at short notice. Although the post is parented by RAF Lossiemouth, the post has significant potential for remote working and variable start and finish times, underpinned by regular visits to the team HQ at RAF Cranwell. As such, the role location is open to negotiation depending on needs of the Service and individual.

The post is historically focused on aircraft engineering but application from other engineer specialisations will be considered, subject to successful post amendment where necessary. TCoS may be open to negotiation depending on needs of the Service and individual. 

Specific tasks include:

  • Investigating human factor centric safety incidents to determine causes and causal factors, and producing SMART recommendations.
  • Timely production of high quality reports and presentations to Duty Holders or their representatives.
  •  Provision of on-the job training and mentoring of part-time/inexperienced Tri-Service investigators, including policy promotion with RAF Duty Holder Safety Teams.
  • Occasional membership of Occurrence Review Groups.
  • Conducting Error Management training, and Human Factors Foundation and Continuation sessions.

•    (Airmen) Must either have been, or currently be, a CHIEF TECHNICIAN / CHIEF PETTY OFFICER / STAFF SERGEANT or a SERGEANT (Engineer) 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. 

•    Must have a sound understanding of RAF Safety management principles and policy.

•    Must have attended, or be able to attend and pass the following training courses:

o    MAA Occurrence Investigator
o    RAF Human Factors Facilitator

•    Experience conducting Occurrence Safety investigations.
•    Experience undertaking Occurrence Review Groups.
•    Have attended, or be able to attend and pass the following training courses:

o    MAA Occurrence Review Group
o    MAA Effective Error Management

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

Name: Sqn Ldr I M JAMES, (0)300 1571594

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

Name: Sqn Ldr I M JAMES

33a Trenchard Hall, RAFC Cranwell, Lincolnshire, NG34 8HB

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2022.

Interviews will take place week commencing 10 October 2022.

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 (Limited Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period of 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.

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 Professions 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 the Royal Air Force Reserves if an appropriate Professions advisor can be identified to sponsor the applicant.  The relevant Profession’s advisor 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, 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. However, due to a severe shortage, it is unlikely that accommodation will be available at RAF Lossiemouth.

This opportunity is closed to applications.