Applications are invited for the full-time post of Chief Executive, Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales (RFCA for Wales) based in Cardiff. This is a Crown Service (Civil Service Grade B2 equivalent) post that will become vacant in June 2021.

RFCA for Wales.  A Crown Body, RFCA for Wales is funded to deliver a range of essential support and enabling functions for the Reserve Forces and the Service Cadet youth organisations in Wales and to engender the widest support for reserves and cadets across society.  The Association’s area spans Wales in its entirety.

The Chief Executive is responsible for the broad gamut of the Association’s enabling tasks, engagement and influence, and activities across Wales.

Functions include aspects of employer engagement and support for the Reserve Forces, recruiting support for the Reserve Forces and the Cadets, youth activities, estate works and management, and wider support to the Armed Forces through ‘Firm Base’ and Community Engagement.

Significantly it involves engagement with the Association’s network of Volunteer Members through the Area Committee structure that comprises key stakeholders and influencers (military, civilian, civic) in all walks of life.  The job involves frequent engagement and interaction at senior level with both internal (MOD and single-Service) organisations and the wider community.  It is extremely varied in nature; and the Chief Executive is closely engaged with a spectrum of Defence-related issues.

Outline Job Specification.   Applicants should have extensive Service staff and command experience – or civilian equivalent  –  at OF5 level as a minimum.  Appropriate experience of the Armed Forces is essential, and knowledge of the Reserve Forces, the Service Cadet Organisations and MOD budgetary procedures is highly desirable.

The Chief Executive is responsible to the Chairman and the Association Board (The Wales Board) who are civilian volunteers with a background experience at senior level of the Reserve Forces and the Cadets, and with key business expertise.  The Chief Executive is responsible for:

a. Leadership, overall direction and coordination of the Association’s 58 full-time staff members;

b. Meeting the outputs and key performance indicators laid down in service level agreements with our MOD customers  –  Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and the Centre Staffs;

c.  As budget holder with delegated powers, financial management of the Association’s budget (c £8.5M per annum);

d. All matters relating to the Association’s engagement with and on behalf of the Reserve Forces and the Service Cadet Organisations;

e. Providing and maintaining suitable, legally compliant accommodation for Reserves and Cadets across 167 sites, ensuring the most economic use of land and buildings, including effective acquisition and disposal; and to optimise the income generated from the estate by the sub-letting of Association properties and wider market initiatives;

f. The efficient administration and logistic support to the Army Cadet Force and RAF Air Cadet organisation in Wales –  delivered by the Association’s Cadet Professional Support Staff;

g. Management of, and support to, the Association’s wide and diverse Volunteer Membership;

h. Attend, participate, host management of representational and other ad hoc meetings, committees, conferences and events to meet the objectives of the Association;

i. Represent and advocate on behalf of the Association with a wide range of Service and Civil Authorities, and civilian bodies;

j. Be prepared to hold a ‘Lead Chief Executive’ appointment in support of one of the functional areas of the Council of RFCAs’ business.

Terms and Conditions.  The salary for the appointment is Civil Service Grade B2 equivalent of £53,500.  There is an expectation that the candidate will be regularly prepared to work outside normal hours including occasional weekend days but this attracts overtime or TOIL.  Annual leave, excluding public holidays, is 30 days.  A 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 Wales, and periodically to London and elsewhere to attend Council of RFCA Executive Board and associated meetings.

The appointment is for an initial probationary period of six months, continuing as a permanent position thereafter.  The successful candidate will be required to be security cleared prior to appointment, and be subject to an Enhanced check by the Disclosing Barring Service including.

Application.  Applicants should forward a covering letter together with a CV of no more than two pages demonstrating how they meet the essential requirements of this position and why they consider themselves suitable, indicating their interest and motivation to assume this role.  Applicants are encouraged to make contact with Chief Executive RFCA for Wales.

Applications should be marked PERSONAL FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE and sent by mail or e-mail, ( to be received no later than 5pm on Friday 22 January 2021.  The shortlist of applicants will be notified as soon as possible after that date.  Interviews will be held in Cardiff in mid February / early March 2021.  The successful applicant’s appointment will be subject to approval by Director Resource and Command Secretary (Army) prior to confirmation by the Association Chairman.

Application packs (containing the Application Form and a detailed Job Description of the appointment) are available from Mr Rick Hallett Head Finance / HR RFCA for Wales:

Chief Executive Vacancy, RFCA for Wales, Centre Block, Maindy Barracks, Cardiff, CF14 3YE

02920 375 733

Conclusion.  RFCA for Wales is a diverse and busy organisation.  The appointment of Chief Executive requires commitment, motivation and energy.  It requires an individual with flare and imagination to take forward the work of the Association as an enabling organisation that is fully capable of 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.




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