Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (HRFCA) is an enabling organisation supporting the Army Reserve and Cadet units 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 Administrative Officer (AO) within HRFCA. Working from The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (A and SH) ACF HQ at Dumbarton the successful applicant will provide office administrative support to The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Army Cadet Force. Applicants coming from an Armed Forces or Cadet Force background with office appointments would be advantageous. Other applicants that show suitable experience may be considered. Through their inter-personal skills, they should deliver diplomatic G1 advice and support.

Those employed within HRFCA are Crown servants, and we are looking for an organised individual with excellent numeracy, literacy and Information Technology skills, who is able to learn new systems quickly, working with the minimum of supervision and be capable of dealing with other military organisations. Line management is through the Cadet Executive Officer (CEO).

There is a requirement for security clearance and a satisfactory Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check. The starting salary is £20,369 per annum based on a 37 hour week. You are entitled, on entry, to 25 days paid leave (excluding public and privilege holidays) in each year, rising to 30 days after 5 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. 

Having a clean driving licence would be advantageous. The successful applicant will reside within reasonable commuting distance of Dumbarton and serve a six-month probationary period in the first instance after which HRFCA may confirm as a permanent position.

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

Applicants should forward a CV comprising no more than 2 pages, nominating two referees, and send this with a covering letter demonstrating how they meet the essential requirements of the position and their wider motivation for the role, to:

Head of Business Administration and Finance
Highland RFCA
365 Perth Road

Email: The closing date for applications is midday on 6 March. Interviews will be held at A and SH HQ, Dumbarton, on 23 March, with a start date of 14 April 2020.

A full Job Description can be obtained from the above on request.


Applications are invited for the post of Cadet Executive Officer with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Battalion, Army Cadet Force, based at Hartfield House, Bonhill Road, Dumbarton. It is anticipated that the post will be available for commencement in April 2020.

The annual salary is currently £37,830 (all hours worked). The salary quoted includes an addition for working unsocial hours and for hours worked in excess of standard hours. The successful candidate will be eligible 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. Annual leave, excluding Public Holidays, is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service; previous public sector employment may count towards qualifying years’ service. Applicants must have a clean driving licence and should live within reasonable commuting distance of the Dumbarton office.

Applicants should have served as an Officer in the Armed Forces or their Cadet Forces. The person specification is detailed at the end of the job description. However, particular emphasis is placed on:

  1. Strong inter-personal communication, team-building and leadership skills, particularly in a mixed military-civilian environment. Experience of working with volunteers is an advantage.
  2. Mental robustness.
  3. A sound knowledge of the military system and wide administrative experience to enable the role of being the Cadet Commandant’s principal military advisor.
  4. Familiarity with military accounts and be capable of running non-public funds.
  5. Experience of staff work to facilitate dealing with military headquarters at various levels.

The appointment will be for a probationary period of six months in the first instance, after which it may be confirmed on a permanent basis.

The successful applicant as a condition of employment shall be required to join the Army Cadet Force and will be appointed to the paid rank of Major. He/she will receive the appropriate rate of pay for a full day’s training carried out up to a maximum of 28 days’ pay each year, in addition to the salary quoted above.

The successful candidate will also be required to be Security Cleared prior to appointment; this will include an Enhanced Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland.

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 28 February. Interviews will be held on 19 March 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.

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