FTRS (Limited Commitment) Vacancy

Vacancy for a Sqn Ldr - Pilot - SO2 Air Safety Management Team - HQ 3 FTS - RAFC Cranwell

The JPA Number(s) for this vacancy: 1986804

Unit / Establishment / Location: HQ 3 FTS, RAFC Cranwell
Rank: Squadron Leader
Branch: Flying (Pilot)
Terms: FTRS (Limited Commitment)

A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader (pilot) to serve as SO2 Air Safety Management Team at HQ 3FTS, RAFC Cranwell on Full Time Reserve Service (LC)Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date being of 1 May 18. The position attracts RRA-Fg (Flying Pay), but is a non-flying role.

Job description. From its HQ at RAFC Cranwell, 3 FTS manages a broad range of tri-Service flying instruction including Elementary Flying Training (also RN Observer training), and Advanced Multi-Engine Pilot and Rear Crew training. The HQ 3 FTS Air Safety Management Team (ASMT) provides assurance to the Comdt 3FTS, as the 3FTS Duty Delivery Holder (DDH), that Air Safety (AS) is being appropriately managed across his AOR.  The SO2 ASM role plays a key part in this process.

As SO2 ASM you will lead the 3FTS ASMT, consisting of  SO3 FS Officer and SO3 Risk Register Manager, and will be responsible for providing advice and oversight on all matters of AS, and maintaining the 3FTS AS Management Plan (ASMP).  The role includes the following:

Air Safety Policy.

  • Review, update and publish the ASMPs.
  • Ensure AS activities achieve regulatory requirements.
  • Set ASMT safety priorities, objectives and targets and report on performance.
  • Coordination of monthly DDH AS meetings and annual Safety & Environmental Panel meetings.

Air Safety Risk Management.

  • Coordinate the reporting of incidents, hazards and observations through both the ASIMS Defence Aviation Safety Occurrence Reports and In-Form reporting channels.
  • Provide support to Occurrence Safety Investigations and manage the Occurrence Review Group  process.
  • Ensure bowties are developed, published and used to inform risk assessments and DDHs ‘ALARP &  Tolerable’ statements.
  • Provide DASOR data analysis to the 3 FTS DDH.

Air Safety Promotion.

  • Promote an engaged AS Culture and provide cultural KPIs to measure maturity of such Culture.
  • Promote good AS practice and the use of the FS Awards system to recognise success and increase.
  • Provide Human Factors and Error Management training as required.

Air Safety Assurance.

  • Design and maintain a safety assurance strategy.
  • Plan a safety assurance programme for 3 FTS.
  • Compile regular assurance reports for the DDHs.
  • Engage with 22(Trg) Gp and the MAA to support 2nd and 3rd party audit programmes.
  • Ensure Audit safety actions are tracked through to completion.

Working as a key member of the HQ 3FTS executive team, and under the terms and conditions of FTRS(LC) service, you will be required to carry out those duties associated with a commissioned officer of your rank.  Normal working hours will be Monday to Friday 0800 to 1700, although these hours may vary to meet specific needs and may include weekend engagements at specific sites, and overnight stops away from RAFC Cranwell.

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 (LC) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 Chapter 17 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period of up to 6 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 sponsor can be identified to sponsor the applicant.  Branch/trade sponsor 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 link below:


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 Part 1 Chapter 17 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 and JSP 760.

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS (LC/HC) 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.

[2] It is not mandatory to open the post to a lower rank on promotion but it will expand the potential recruitment net as wide as possible.  As post sponsor you do not have to take anyone within this field, though it will save time if someone applies that you would entertain, but would otherwise be excluded from the criteria in the original advert.  If the advert does not state the post is open to applicants serving in a lower rank then the individual must not be called forward for interview.


Applicants should meet the following criteria.


  • Must either have been, or currently be, a Squadron Leader (pilot) or a Flight Lieutenant eligible for promotion (Note: All personnel with 4 years seniority and a positive promotion recommendation on their current OJAR can be considered by a PSB.) in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000[2].
  • Must have completed, or be willing to complete, the following training (to be provided as required)
  • RAF Flight Safety Officers’ Course
  • RAF Post Crash Management Incident Officers’ Course
  • HF Foundation Training
  • EM Foundation Training
  • DAEMS ORG Training
  • DAEMS SEMSCo Training
  • ASIMS Training


  • Previous flying/FSO experience is desirable (noting that this role is not a flying appointment).
  • Human Factors Instructor and Facilitator (training will be provided if this qualification is not currently held).

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.  Telephone enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to Wg Cdr Mike Beresford (07557199945).


Candidate applications, with a maximum 2 page CV (to include copies of last 3 OJARs), should be sent to or by post to:

Wg Cdr Mike Beresford
HQ No 3 Flying Training School
RAF Cranwell
NG34 8HB


The closing date for applications is 19 January 2018.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is: 19/01/2018