FTRS (Home Commitment) Vacancy

SO2 Information Management - Air Warfare Centre - RAF Waddington

The JPA Number(s) for this vacancy: 1991094

Unit / Establishment / Location: RAF Waddington
Rank: Squadron Leader
Branch: Engineer (CE)
Terms: FTRS (Home Commitment)

A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader (Eng(CE)) to serve as SO2 Information Management at the Air Warfare Centre, RAF Waddington on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service, with an initial proposed start date of 4 September 2017.

The mission of the Air Warfare Centre (AWC) is the provision of accurate, timely and contextual Integrated Mission Support to front line units and operational commanders.  Based in HQ AWC, SO2 Information Management (SO2 IM) is responsible for managing a broad portfolio of Information Services and Systems within the HQ and at 7 satellite sites in the UK and US, including development and delivery of future Information Services/Systems.  Additionally, and on behalf of Commandant AWC and his Senior Information Officer, SO2 IKM is responsible for developing and maintaining the AWC’s Management of Information policy and strategy to drive its Knowledge Management approach and ensure compliance with relevant European, UK Government and MOD legislation and policy.

Principal duties include:

  • Delivering co-ordinated and assured Information Services/Systems to the AWC to enable its operational and business output; providing subject matter expert guidance and advice to Commandant AWC, his HQ AWC Divisional heads, Divisional Executive Officer network and all AWC sub-units.
  • Leading future Information Services/System requirement capture, planning and delivery.
  • Leading all business change activities brought about by the delivery of new Information Services/Systems, information exploitation opportunities and ISS delivered major programmes.
  • Acting as AWC Information Manager and Data Protection Officer, providing policy guidance and advice to Commandant AWC, his HQ AWC Divisional heads, Divisional Executive Officer network and all AWC sub-units.
  • Developing, implementing and managing the AWC’s Information Management (IM), Information Assurance (IA) and Data Protection strategy, policies and processes iaw relevant European, UK Government, MOD and Air Command legislation and policy.
  • Seeking opportunities to improve operational and business output, developing Information and Knowledge Management throughout the organisation.
  • Providing leadership and management of a team of 8 staff (Service and Civil Service) supporting the Information Services/Systems within HQ AWC, which includes change management, new requirements and iHub services.

Eligibility and Period of Service. 

Unless already holding a commission 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 FTRS (Home Commitment), TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Leaflet 105 for an initial period of up to 9 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[1] may be considered for this appointment; however, not on promotion. Furthermore, prior approval must be sought from the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor in order to confirm current and past experience prior to being invited to interview.

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.

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 in JSP 765 and the following links and Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment on Commutation’.

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.

Annual Salary and Leave.  Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces.  FTRS personnel are eligible for annual leave and public holidays in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Leaflet 105 and JSP 760.

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS TCoS are eligible to 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 Waddington.

[1] Should a candidate be selected who has been out of the Service greater than 5 years, the P2/P3 recruitment pack will not be despatched until the Bespoke Training Form has been completed and endorsed by HQ 22 Trg Gp (Director General Training) and SO1 Reserves Support.


Applicants should meet the following criteria.


  • Must be or have been a Squadron Leader (Eng(CE)) or a Flight Lieutenant (Eng(CE)) eligible for promotion iaw AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000.
  • Practical experience of delivering and managing Information Services/Systems within the MOD.
  • Practical experience of delivering and managing Information Management, Information Assurance, Data Protection and iHub policy, processes and services within the MOD; iaw JSPs 440/441 and AP7004.
  • Good leadership, organisational andcommunication skills.
  • Able to meet the security requirements for the role including maintaining a Developed Vetting clearance.
  • Hold a full clean UK Driving Licence.


  • Completion of Defence Senior Information Owner and Information Manager courses.
  • Experience of working within a Unit C4I Sqn, Air Command A6 or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of ICSC (Air).
  • Project/programme management experience and training.

Selection process

A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 4 appraisal reports. Telephone enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Wg Cdr Ian Middleton
Mil - 95771 8328
Civ - 01522 728328


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

Wg Cdr Middleton
Air Warfare Centre
RAF Waddington

Closing date

The closing date for applications is: 19/05/2017