FTRS (Limited Commitment) Vacancy

Programme Management Office 5 SO2 Reserve - HQ Air Command

The JPA Number(s) for this vacancy: 1899380

Unit / Establishment / Location: HQ Air Command
Rank: Squadron Leader
Branch: Any
Terms: FTRS (Limited Commitment)

A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader to serve as Programme Management Office 5 SO2 Reserve in the Lightning Air Capability Programme Management Office at Headquarters Air Command on Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service, with a proposed start date being 23 April 2018, or earlier.

The Lightning Programme is entering a crucial period with 2018 being a busy and exciting year. Over the next few months the PMO will be providing pivitol support to the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) developing the acceptance case that will see Lightning being accepted into Service.

HQ Air Command established a Programme Management Support Function (PMSF) to enhance Air Cmd’s ability to provide coherent and consistent management of capability change programmes.  Each PMO in the PMSF structure consists of 5 personnel drawn from a Whole Force mix of Regulars, Civil Servants and Full Time Reservists.   The PMO supports Air Cmd’s Portfolio Director (COS Cap), SRO and Programme Manager (Pg Mgr) to ensure successful delivery of new capabilities.

The PMO performs tactical-level programme management activities, enabling the Pg Mgr to focus on more strategic decisions and issues to deliver the programme successfully.  It also performs a programme ‘conscience’ role by ensuring best-practice programme management techniques and by driving the programme forward in support of SRO and Programme Board decisions.  The PMO will be the source of information in relation to the ‘health’ of the constituent elements of the programme.

There are 7 PMO teams in the PMSF, each allocated to either a single capability change programme or group of similar, less complex programmes.  This post will initially, and for the foreseeable future, work on the Ligthning programme, but the PMSF is designed to be a transferable resource and individuals may be reassigned to other teams in future depending on Air Cmd priorities across the change portfolio.

The Programme Management Office PMO 5 SO2R will be responsible to the PMO SO1/OF4 and then the OF5 Programme Manager. 

Roles and responsibilities of the post include:

  • PMO Battle Rhythm
  • Stakeholder Management & Engagement
  • Typhoon Communications Plan Management
  • Business Case Tracking
  • Benefits & Dependency Management
  • Programme Monitoring and Control Management
  • Programme Management Compliance & Assurance
  • Programme Board Reporting and Follow-up Action
  • Training Focal Point
  • Continuous Improvement

The post will be based at RAF High Wycombe, but will require regular travel to other MOD sites for meetings, sometimes requiring overnight stays.

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 (Limited Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 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 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 High Wycombe.

[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 Squadron Leader or a Flight Lieutenant eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000


  • Completion of ICSC(A).
  • Experience of command at OF3 level or above.
  • Programme Management qualifications (eg: MSP/PRINCE2).
  • Demonstrate programme/project management experience.
  • Experience of working in acquisition.

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 as required. Telephone enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Wing Commander Paul Bostock or Sqn Ldr TJ Hoare
Mil - 95221 6956 or 6058
Civ - 01494 496956 or 496058


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

With hard copy applications sent to:

Air Cap PMO CoA Head
Programme Management Support Function FTRS Application
Spitfire Block, Room 1E08
Royal Air Force High Wycombe
Walters Ash
HP14 4UE

Closing date

The closing date for applications is: 31/01/2018