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Vacancy Notice - Chief Executive

West Midland Reserve Forces’ And Cadets’ Association

Applications are invited for the full-time post of Chief Executive, West Midland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (West Midland RFCA) based in Harborne, Birmingham.  This Crown Service (Civil Service Grade 6/Grade B1 equivalent) post becomes vacant on 31 August 2024.

West Midland RFCA.  West Midland RFCA is one of 13 autonomous RFCAs.  The RFCAs are arms-length bodies of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) with Crown status.

The West Midland RFCA role is to provide first class support to the tri-service Reserves and MOD-sponsored cadet forces across the 6 counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.  With some 65 permanent staff, tasks include:

  • Maintaining a Regional network of Volunteer Members and influential stakeholders.
  • Providing property, asset and facilities management of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Estate comprising over 150 sites and 400 buildings throughout the region.
  • Widely promoting the Armed Forces.
  • Conducting Employer Engagement to persuade employers to support their employees in their reserve service and cadet force adult volunteering, whilst sustaining supportive Employers.
  • Supporting the MoD Cadets and Youth programme as appropriate, including the employment of a full time professional staff for the Army Cadet Forces.

The Chief Executive Role.  The WM RFCA CE is responsible to the Chair and the Board for the efficient management of staff, business outputs (estates, engagement, cadets and youth) and affairs of the Association. The appointment requires commitment, motivation and energy, and the imagination to take forward the work of the Association in supporting and representing the Reserves and Cadets, as well as the wider interests of the Armed Services and Defence for the future. They need to enjoy engaging with people of all backgrounds.

Applicants should have command and staff experience at major unit level, or have been in similar leadership, managerial, organisational and senior administrative roles in a civilian organisation.   Experience of serving with the Reserve Forces or cadets is desirable.  Understanding and knowledge of the Reserve Forces, cadets and MOD budgetary procedures is highly desirable.

Full details about the role can be found on the Job Description.

Terms and Conditions.  The salary is £67,820 p.a.  A standard working week is 37 hours.  The  incumbent is required to regularly work additional hours in the evenings and at weekends, which may be compensated.  Annual leave, excluding public holidays, is 25 days rising to 30 over 5 years (30 days immediately if  candidate has qualifying previous service).  An attractive career average (CARE) Pension Scheme is available.  An Association car is provided and applicants must hold a current driving licence.  They should be prepared to travel extensively across the region and beyond, including to London.  The successful candidate will need to be security cleared and gain Enhanced DBS clearance. The appointment is for an initial probationary period of six months, continuing as a permanent position thereafter.

Application.  Applicants should forward a covering letter together with a CV, each of no more than two pages, demonstrating how they meet the essential requirements of this role and why they consider themselves suitable, indicating their interest and motivation.  Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the Chief Executive.  An applicant pack, including a detailed Job Specification, is available on request. *Previous applicants need not apply

Applications should be sent to the Head of Support Services at:  wm-info@rfca.mod.uk by 1200 hours on Friday 1 March 2024 with the subject title ‘Chief Executive Recruitment’.

Interviews will take place in March - date to be confirmed. 

If this interests you and you think you are up for it, we would love to hear from you.

Vacancy Notice – Senior Estate Manager
West Midland Reserve Forces’ And Cadets’ Association

Applications are invited for a full-time Senior Estate Manager at West Midland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (West Midland RFCA) based in Harborne, Birmingham.  This Crown Service (Civil Service SEO/C1 grade equivalent) post becomes vacant on 1 May 2024.

West Midland RFCA.  West Midland RFCA is one of 13 autonomous RFCAs.  The RFCAs are arms-length bodies of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) with Crown status.  The West Midland RFCA role is to provide first class support to the tri-service Reserves and MOD-sponsored Cadet Forces across the six counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.

The Role.  The Senior Estate Manager supports the Head of Estate to deliver management and assurance of Hard and Soft Facilities Management services for users of the Reserve and Cadet estate. Key responsibilities and requirements include:

  • The delivery of outcomes by the RFCA Estate Team, who will support the effective contract/performance management and assurance of Hard and Soft Facilities Management services delivered through contracted service providers.
  • The successful delivery of minor capital works projects (circa £4M) by the contracted Hard Facilities Management service provider.
  • Manage resources (including budgets) and plans such that the RFCA Estate Team and contracted service providers may efficiently deliver required outputs.
  • Working with industry partners and other stakeholders to ensure the effective management of risk.
  • Managing the RFCA Estate Team to enable a positive, collaborative, and proactive working environment in order to foster a high performing team.
  • Applicants should hold or be willing to work towards full level membership of a relevant professional body (CIWFM, MCIOB, MRICS or CEng).

Full details can be found on the Job Description.

Salary and benefits.     The salary for the appointment is £43,080 per annum with the option to join the CRFCA’s pension scheme. This is a Career Average Revalued Earnings scheme (CARE) in which the employer contribution is 13% and the employee contribution 5%. The successful candidate will be entitled to 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays. Annual leave entitlement increases by 1 day per year up to 30 days; those with 5 years’ prior service with HM Forces/OGD will start with 30 days’ entitlement.

Application and Interviews.     Applications should be received no later than noon on Monday 18th March 24 and should be sent by email to wm-hss@rfca.mod.uk marked Senior Estate Manager Application. The shortlist of applicants called for interview will be notified as soon as possible after that date.   

Applications should comprise:

  • a current CV (no longer than two pages)
    and
  • a covering letter (also no longer than two pages) demonstrating how they meet the essential requirements of this job, including evidence of relevant professional accreditations / memberships, and why they consider themselves suitable for the position, indicating their interest and motivation to assume this role.

The date for interviews is Tuesday 26th March 2024.

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