Applications are invited for the post of Regional Employer Engagement Director (REED) at Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) head office in Dundee.  

HRFCA is one of thirteen arm’s length bodies contracted by the Ministry of Defence to deliver a range of services across the UK in support of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force’s reserve forces and cadet organisations.

Our area of operations runs from the Mull of Kintyre to the Shetland Islands, and from the Western Isles to Fife. Our principal areas of output are estate management, cadet forces support and administration, and engagement. The success of Highland RFCA’s employer engagement activities relies on establishing and maintaining worthwhile, mutually-beneficial working relationships with employers and employer organisations across its area, with the primary purpose of setting the conditions for the recruitment and retention of Volunteer Reservists.

It also relies on effective working relations and understanding of the Reserve units and cadet organisations. Highland RFCA has two REEDs. Both report directly to the Head of Engagement and lead the Employer Engagement effort, encouraging employers to commit their support, including by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and joining the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The REEDs also contribute to the wider community engagement aspects of Highland RFCA’s role.   

The successful applicant will have been a Reservist or a Regular Service Person who has recently served in a Reserve unit, or will have extensive experience of working with the Armed Forces in an engagement or support capacity. They will have senior managerial and organisational experience either from the Armed Forces or from their work in the public or private sector. They will demonstrate that they have the communication, interpersonal and presentational skills to influence effectively at senior level. The successful applicant will have strong IT skills, including familiarity with MS Office applications, and have practical experience of managing and operating a database.

The nature of this post requires some evening and weekend working in order to attend meetings or employer engagement events, and this will attract the payment of overtime or time off in lieu. The post is based in Dundee and entails significant travel throughout the Highland RFCA area, and a full driving licence is therefore essential. REEDs have access to a shared pool car for work-related travel. The successful applicant will live within reasonable commuting distance of Dundee.

This is a Crown Servant (Civil Service Band C2 equivalent) post and the salary is currently £32,425. 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. You are eligible to join the Council of RFCA Pension Scheme which operates a Career Average Revalued Earnings Scheme (CARE) which has a personal contribution of 5% of pensionable earnings for Members. The successful applicant will undergo a six-month probationary period.


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 job and why they consider themselves suitable for the position, indicating their interest and motivation to assume this role. Two referees should be nominated.

Applications should be sent by email to the Head of Business Administration and Finance at by noon on Friday 14 August.

Interviews will take place in early September. If you are interested in this vacancy and would like further details please contact the Head of Engagement by email ( or call 01382 631041.

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