FTRS (Home Commitment) Vacancy

Warrant Officer/Flight Sergeant JAEAT - RAF Benson

The JPA Number(s) for this vacancy: 1869350

Unit / Establishment / Location: RAF Benson
Rank: Flight Sergeant,Warrant Officer
Trade: Aircraft Engineering Technician
Terms: FTRS (Home Commitment)

A vacancy has arisen for a Flight Sergeant (A Eng Tech) or Warrant Officer (A Eng Tech) to serve as Warrant Officer/Flight Sergeant JAEAT at RAF Benson on Full Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service, with an initial proposed start date being 3 July 2017 or earlier.

Warrant Officer/Flight Sergeant JAEAT will be required to hold the post of CAMO Quality Manager in accordance with MAA Regulatory Article 4951 and AP100C-10 Order 6. As such, candidates should have a minimum of 10 years experience within a continuing airworthiness environment. Candidates should have a sound working knowledge quality systems and be capable of holding an Audit Team Leader qualification. Good computer literacy is essential and candidates should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. It is essential that the candidate is well organised and possesses excellent interpersonal skills; so as to establish strong working relationships around RAF Benson and into outside agencies.

The successful candidate will be responsible to the Puma HC Mk2 MOD Deputy Continuing Airworthiness Manager (DCAM) for the following:

  • Producing and managing a Quality System that complies with MAA RA 4951;
  • Where required, carrying out audits as part of the CAMO Quality System;
  • Monitoring the CAMO Quality System in order to provide assurance, and to raise concerns, to the Puma 2 Mil CAM and Delivery Duty Holder if required;
  • Liaising with the Puma 2 Project Team and all Maintenance Organisations in order to facilitate CAMO Quality Assurance;
  • Acting as Secretary to the Quarterly Continuing Airworthiness Management Meeting;
  • Advise senior CAMO management on all matters pertaining to general engineering standards, with particular focus on airworthiness trends.
  • The drafting and management of Part 2 of the Exposition (Quality System) to ensure that it remains up-to-date and in compliance with regulation;
  • Representing, when required, the CAMO in Puma Project Team meetings;
  • Delivering briefs to ensure that personnel, Squadrons and departments are aware of the CAMO and any relevant issues.

Eligibility and Period of Service. 

Unless already enlisted in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be enlisted 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 4 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 sponsors proposed start date, prior to applying.

Applicants of an equivalent rank from sister Services may apply, but will only be accepted into RAFR service if an appropriate Branch/Trade can be identified via the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor. Furthermore, the transfer will only be made at the individual’s current ‘equivalent’ rank and not on promotion. Finally, Branch/Trade Advisor approval must be agreed before the interview.

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 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/ADC TCoS are eligible to Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB.

[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 either have been, or currently be, a Warrant Officer/Flight Sergeant (A Eng Tech) or a Chief Technician (TG1) eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 2 Leaflet 560 and AP 3376 Vol 1.
  • Must have a good understanding of the MAA Regulatory Publications, AP 100C-10, and at least 10 years’ experience working within a continuing airworthiness environment.


  • Experience within a Mil CAMO.
  • Completion of a Quality auditor skills course (awarded Q-GEN-QAS).
  • Hold a valid X700 (SQEP Auditor) annotation.
  • Highly developed and effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A high level of IT literacy.

Selection process

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.  Telephone enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Flt Lt Nige Scarffe (Puma 2 CAM QM)
Mil - 95261 7075
Civ - 01491 837766 ext 7075


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

Squadron Leader O W Reed-Beadle
Puma HC Mk2 DCAM
RAF Benson
OX10 6AA

Closing date

The closing date for applications is: 19/04/2017