Operations Director

  • Job Reference: 00003388-1
  • Date Posted: 5 February 2024
  • Recruiter: Royal Engineers Vocational Education and Training Trust
  • Location: ME4
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £43,000 to £47,000
  • Sector: Education & Childcare, Government & Defence, Charity & Non Profit
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Royal Engineers Vocational Education and Training Trust (REVETT)

Operations Director

Location: Chatham, with potential for hybrid working
Hours: Full Time (37 hours per week)
Duration: Permanent

Background Information

The Trustees of REVETT seek to recruit a new Operations Director to lead the Trust through the next phase of its development and beyond.

REVETT was set up in 1997 as a registered charity (#1068709) with the aim of providing members of the Corps of Royal Engineers with access to a wide range of meaningful and worthwhile civilian qualifications to reflect the value of their military trade training. This enhances their continuous personal development opportunities while serving and also provide key indicators to prospective future employers. REVETT is commonly known as Royal Engineers – Continuous Personal Development (RE-CPD).


The charity’s aim is to promote the efficiency of the Army and in particular the Royal Engineers by advancing the education and competency of its Regular and Reserve personnel, primarily, but not exclusively, through involvement in nationally recognised vocational education and training schemes.


Reporting to the Trustees, the new Operations Director will be expected to have an excellent understanding of the military in general and the Royal Engineers career, trade, and promotion structures in particular.

Key Responsibilities

  • Key responsibilities:
    • Expand the number and variety of professional recognition awards in the most financially astute manner; aiming to ensure all trades in the Corps are covered.
    • Implement and maintain robust and resilient internal processes to ensure efficient use of resource, including enhancing the charity’s digital capabilities.
    • Verify that applications meet the awarding body criteria using the authority delegated by the awarding body.
    • Manage a small team on a daily basis including managing wider HR issues when they arise.
  • Other responsibilities:
    • Advise individuals and the chain of command on qualification and award-related issues.
    • Encourage Continuing Personal Development across the serving members of the Corps.
    • Ensure records of all available awards and awards granted are kept up to date.
    • Ensure sound financial management of delegated funds and prepare the budget; drawing on the financial guidance from the RE Corps Treasurer.
    • Production and delivery of an operational plan in accordance with the charity’s aims and objectives.
    • Maintenance of an appropriate risk register in accordance with the requirements of both the Board and the Charity Commission.
    • Promoting awareness of REVETT/RE CPD to the Corps through internal and external marketing/promotion, linking in with wider Corps marketing activities to achieve synergies.
    • Completion of the Trustees Annual Report and signing the REVETT accounts post audit on behalf of the Trustees.

Qualities and Experience:

The Trustees are looking to appoint an Operations Director who can demonstrate success in the following areas:

  • Top three:
    • Strategic and forward thinker able to transition sound ideas to successful delivery
    • Emotional intelligence, able to work effectively with other Corps charities and to engage with all ranks in the Corps from General to Sapper.
    • Encouraging, and passionate about developing Sappers.
  • Other qualities:
    • Confidence
    • Integrity
    • Collaborative leadership style
    • Drive and vision
    • Able to deliver complex outputs to tight deadlines.
    • A skilled and personable manager, able to interact effectively with a small close-knit team on a day-to-day basis.
    • Able to skilfully assist a senior and experienced Board of Trustees through the year and through the cycle of Board meetings.
    • A problem solver, capable of presenting innovative solutions to complex issues.
    • Excellent communicator, with an ability to work collegiately and influence others.

Experience in or knowledge of the following areas is highly desirable:

  • Royal Engineer career and trade structure
  • The Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT)
  • The Charity Sector
  • Knowledge of the Qualification and Awards Sectors

Further particulars:

This post is offered as permanent employment by agreement of both parties and is subject to the provision of suitable references and security checks including original documentation that indicates the successful applicant’s right to work in the UK. A 9-month probationary period will apply.

Pay and benefits

A competitive salary is offered (£43k to £47k range) in line with skill, experience and market pay for similar roles. Payment is made by credit transfer to a bank or building society, monthly in arrears. The charity’s terms and conditions of employment are based as closely as possible on the Civil Service model, including flexible working patterns. Applications to work flexibly, including part time hours, will be considered. The Staff Handbook is available on application. A Private Pension Plan is offered.

Annual Leave

There is a generous annual leave scheme, starting at 25 days per year plus public holidays and increasing by one day per year until a maximum of 30 days annual leave is reached.

Data Protection

All data supplied by applicants will be used only for the purposes of determining their suitability for the post and will be held in accordance with the principles of the General Data Protection Act and the charity’s Data Protection Policy.

How to Apply

Applications should be made by letter, with a CV and a personal statement explaining how the candidate meets the requirements for the position. The application should be sent by email to Mrs Claire Leggat chiefexec@recpd.onmicrosoft.com.


Additionally, please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty attending an interview. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly. If successful at interview, additional security checks will be required prior to taking up the position.

The closing date is 26 February 2024 at 12 noon. Candidates are encouraged to apply early as the application window will close once the position has been filled. Interviews will take place in February / March. All applications will be acknowledged but only applicants called for an interview will receive further notification.


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