Head of Finance (& HR Lead)
A rare opportunity has arisen for a Head of Finance (& HR Lead) at Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association based in Maryhill, Glasgow.
Lowland RFCA is an enabling organisation supporting the Reserve Forces and Cadet Organisations across the region. Funded by the Ministry of Defence, we provide a number of key functions including maintenance of properties across 137 sites. Another of our key, and expanding, functions is to provide Administrative and Logistic support to the Army Cadet Force – a vibrant national voluntary youth organisation.
The successful applicant will be an experienced finance professional with demonstrable strengths in financial planning, budgeting, internal control procedures and preparation and delivery of financial reports. A knowledge of public sector funding would be a strong advantage.
As the organisation is small (58 employees), the role also acts as HR lead for the Association. Duties include: interpretation and advising on Staff Regulations (set by the Council of RFCAs), preparation and implementation of Policy Letters, advising Line Managers on employee issues and management of the HR systems. They are also responsible for the management of a team of 6 Office staff and oversight of IT provision.
The breadth of this key appointment allows the successful applicant to play a substantial part in leading the organisation to achieve its goals
Candidates should hold (or be working towards) a recognised accountancy qualification, or relevant experience. HR experience is essential; an HR qualification would be a strong advantage.
The role equates to Civil Service C1 grade (£38,623) and additional benefits include a career average (CARE) pension scheme and annual leave of 25 days plus public holidays (rising to 30 days after 5 years of service). The successful candidate will be required to be security cleared prior to appointment. This will include a Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVGS) disclosure from Disclosure Scotland.
Closing date for applications is 17:00 on the 25 July 2019.
Interviews for selected candidates will be held 14-16 August 2019 with a view for the successful candidate to start early September 2019.
Applications are invited for the full-time post of Chief Executive, Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (Lowland RFCA) based in Glasgow. This is a Crown Service (Civil Service Grade B2 equivalent) post that will become vacant in January 2020.
Lowland RFCA. A Crown Body, Lowland RFCA is funded to deliver a range of essential support and enabling functions for the Reserve Forces and the Service Cadet youth organisations in our area, and to engender the widest support for reserves and cadets across society. The Association’s area spans Glasgow to Edinburgh and throughout the Lowlands down to the Border.
The Chief Executive is responsible for the broad gamut of the Association’s enabling tasks, engagement and influence, and activities across the Lowlands of Scotland.
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 Grade 1 (OF4) 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 Board of Lowland RFCA 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:
- Leadership, overall direction and coordination of the Association’s 58 full-time staff members;
- 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;
- As budget holder with delegated powers, financial management of the Association’s budget (c£7.5M per annum);
- All matters relating to the Association’s engagement with and on behalf of the Reserve Forces and the Service Cadet Organisations;
- Providing and maintaining suitable, legally compliant accommodation for Reserves and Cadets across 137 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;
- The efficient administration and logistic support to the Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps units in the Lowlands – delivered by the Association’s Cadet Professional Support Staff;
- Management of, and support to, the Association’s wide and diverse Volunteer Membership;
- Attend, participate, host management of representational and other ad hoc meetings, committees, conferences and events to meet the objectives of the Association;
- Represent and advocate on behalf of the Association with a wide range of Service and Civil Authorities, and civilian bodies;
- 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 £51,913. 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 live within reasonable commuting distance of Glasgow and be prepared to travel extensively across the Lowlands, 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, including being a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme operated by Disclosure Scotland.
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 Lowland RFCA and, on request, will be sent further information on Lowland RFCA.
Applications should be marked PERSONAL FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE and sent by mail (Lowland RFCA, 60 Avenuepark Street, Glasgow G20 8LW) or e-mail, ([email protected]) to be received no later than 17.00 Thursday 29 August 2019. The shortlist of applicants will be notified as soon as possible after that date. Interviews will be held in Glasgow on Thursday 26 September 2019. 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 Mrs Nina Davidson, Office Manager on 0141 945 6754 or email [email protected].
Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association is an enabling organisation supporting the Reserve Forces and Cadet Organisation’s across the Lowlands of Scotland.
Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, based in Glasgow are recruiting for a new post within its engagement department. Our new colleague will be involved in our Engagement Department and be responsible to the Head of Communications for:
- Maintaining and developing Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association website.
- Daily monitoring and input onto Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Social Media pages.
- The design and production of the Associations’ Annual Report, Newsletters and other digital and print publications.
- Maintenance of the Associations’ membership and influence databases.
For full details please see the enclosed job description.
The Post is full-time based on a 37 hour working week and the salary is £19,911p.a. Annual leave, excluding public holidays, is 25 days rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service. Previous service in the public sector will count towards qualifying years’ service. The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Council of RFCA Pension Scheme subject to the rules of the scheme. The scheme is a Career Average Revalued Earnings Scheme (CARE), which has a personal contribution of 5% of pensionable earnings for Members.
This role requires occasional travel throughout the Lowlands of Scotland. Applicants must have a clean driving licence and should live within reasonable commuting distance of Glasgow. The successful applicant will also be required to undertake identity and security checks prior to employment.
Application forms with CV should be submitted by 15.30 Friday 19 July 2019.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 31 July 2019 with a start date of 1 September 2019.
Area Works Officer
Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association is an enabling organisation supporting the Reserve Forces and Cadet Organisations across the Lowlands of Scotland.
This is a rare opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join a small and friendly Estates team, based at our Headquarters in the west end of Glasgow.
Lowland RFCA have a vacancy for an Area Works Officer, with responsibility for Reserve and Cadet Properties in Central and Southern Scotland.
Applicants will possess a sound working knowledge of current building regulations, be experienced in budgetary control and be computer literate. They will be responsible to the Head of Estates for the preparation and control of major and minor works projects; control of a budget; carrying out annual building inspections and preparation of related maintenance plans; preparation of specifications and invitations to tender, and letting of works orders.
The post-holder will be required to travel throughout Central and Southern Scotland, applicants must have a clean driving license and should live within reasonable commuting distance of Glasgow. The successful applicant will be required to undertake identity and security checks prior to employment.
The starting salary is £25,383 per annum in addition to the following benefits:
- Career Average Revalued Earnings scheme
- Company car
- 25 days paid holiday per annum (30 days with qualifying service in the Armed Forces or Other Government Department) plus 9 days Public and Bank Holidays
The appointment commences with a probationary period of six months.
Application forms with CV should be submitted by email by 15:30 Friday 19 July 2019.
Interviews will be held on Friday 2 August 2019 with a start date as soon as possible thereafter.