Applications are invited for the post of Communications Officer, based at the Head Office of HRFCA in Dundee. This is a Crown Servant (Civil Service Pay Band E1 equivalent) post to commence late January 2020. The current salary is £19,911 for a 37 hour week. Annual leave, excluding Public Holidays, is 25 days per year, rising incrementally to 30 days after 5 years’ service; previous public sector employment may count towards this. The successful candidate will be entitled to join the Council of RFCA’s Pension Scheme which operates on a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) basis and has a personal contribution for members of 5% of pensionable earnings. The post entails a six-month probationary period.

The success of HRFCA is reliant on its ability to engage and communicate effectively with a diverse range of internal and external audiences throughout its area of responsibility, extending northwards from Forth-Clyde to encompass the whole of the northern part of Scotland, its Highlands and Islands. HRFCA identifies the messages relevant to each audience, the ways in which they are conveyed, together with the necessary communications, marketing and Public Relations (PR) activities to ensure their effective dissemination.

Working within a small dedicated engagement team, the Communications Officer is responsible for supporting the Head of Communications in the delivery of communications, marketing and PR activities. These will include organising community engagement events, open evenings, receptions and meetings, as well as HRFCA’s contribution to town shows, Armed Forces Week events and other externally-organised activities. They will assist with the production of in-house publications, press releases and advertisements, and will contribute to the sustainment of HRFCA’s social media profile. They will also assist with the administration of HRFCA’s volunteer membership, and help to support HRFCA’s Regional Employer Engagement Directors in their employer engagement role. 

The successful candidate will have good literacy, numeracy and IT skills including Microsoft Office applications. They will also have experience gained in a communications, PR or marketing environment, and will be able to demonstrate the ability to organise successful events. They will be confident and will enjoy working with people in an outward-facing role, including with the reserve and cadet forces, the public and business sectors, education and charitable organisations. They will be prepared to undertake some evening and weekend working and the occasional night away from home, reimbursed with Time off in Lieu. The successful candidate will live within reasonable commuting distance of Dundee.

To view the Job Description for this role, click HERE.

Applicants should forward a covering letter to Craig Ansell, Head of Business Administration and Finance, Highland RFCA, Seathwood, 365 Perth Road, DUNDEE, DD2 1LX at, setting out their suitability, interest and motivation for this post, together with a CV of no more than two pages. They should also nominate two referees. Applications should be received by noon on December 18th. Interviews will be conducted in mid January 2020 and the successful applicant will be notified soon thereafter. Should prospective candidates wish to obtain further information about this post prior to submitting their application they are encouraged to do so.


Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (HRFCA) is an enabling organisation that supports the Army Reserve and Cadet Forces across the Highlands of Scotland. Funded by the Ministry of Defence, one of our key and expanding functions is to provide administrative and logistical support to the Army Cadet Force (ACF), a vibrant national youth organisation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Full Time Cadet Quartermaster (CQM) within HRFCA. 

The post is primarily based at Battalion Headquarters, The Black Watch Battalion Army Cadet Force, Queens Barracks, Perth. However, operation throughout our Area of Responsibility (Perthshire and Fife) is a key requirement. It is desirable that applicants reside within a reasonable commuting distance of Perth. 

The organisation seeks a motivated individual with excellent leadership and communication skills, who is able to learn new systems quickly and operate with minimum supervision. The candidate should be capable of dealing with other military organisations. Previous military and logistical experience would be beneficial, but is not essential. A full UK driving licence with categories including D1+E is essential. 

The starting salary of £28,859 is based on an All Hours Worked (AHW) contract of 46.5 hours per week, which includes designated breaks. The role requires occasional evening and weekend operation. 

On appointment the successful applicant will be entitled to 25 days paid leave (excluding public and privilege holidays) per annum, rising to 30 days after five years’ reckonable service. Prior service with HM Forces or Other Government Department (OGD) will count towards reckonable service. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to join the Council of RFCA Pension Scheme subject to the rules of the scheme. The scheme is a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) scheme, which has a personal contribution of 5% for members.

Those employed within HRFCA are Crown Servants. As a condition of employment, the successful applicant is required to enrol into the ACF and will receive the appropriate Volunteer Allowance (VA) when attending Cadet Force activities. 

On appointment, the role requires the individual to hold Security Clearance and be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

Successful applicants will serve a six-month probationary period in the first instance after which HRFCA may confirm as a permanent position. Line management is through the Cadet Executive Officer (CEO).

Those who consider themselves as suitable candidates are invited to apply for this post.

Applicants should forward a covering letter demonstrating how they meet the essential requirements of the position and their wider motivation for the role. Additionally a CV of no more than two pages, with two nominated referees, should be enclosed. All applications should be sent to:

Head of Business Administration and Finance
Highland RFCA
365 Perth Road

or Email: 

The closing date for applications is noon on 24 January 2020. Interviews will be held at Battalion Headquarters, The Black Watch Battalion ACF, Army Reserve Centre, Queens Barracks, Perth, PH1 5BT over the week 10-14 February 2020, with a proposed start date of 16 March 2020.

Further information and a full Job Description can be obtained from the Head of Business Administration and Finance on request. 



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