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The RAF Benevolent Fund offers many opportunities to work, develop and thrive in a number of various specialisations with an overall aim to make the lives of both serving and former members of the RAF all the better in their time of need.

IT Development / Systems Configuration and Support

Area Director for Scotland & Northern Ireland

Head of Individual Grants

Executive Assistant to the Director of Finance

IT Development / Systems Configuration and Support

Salary: Circa £43,000 pa salary and benefits
Location: London

We are looking for a developer (2+ years SQL Server Management Studio including SQL Server, SSRS, SSIS) to join our IT team to help customise and configure the applications we use and develop interfaces between them.

The role involves writing and maintaining functions, scripts, programs, data screens, reports and tasks using SQL Server, SSIS, SSRS and Task Centre. We use these to enhance, adapt and automate our core applications including our CRM and grant-management system CareNG from OneAdvanced, along with a new finance system due to be implemented in 2019. We are also looking to implement a data warehouse in the next 1-2 years.

We are keen to employ someone who enjoys working proactively on development, but can also engage with the users, asking questions for clarification, and helping them with their UAT, especially as we work in an agile manner. You will work very closely with the Applications Development Manager who is a technical business specialist. You will also liaise with our third-party suppliers to assist end-users with application support issues, fixing some issues yourself, and developing new functionality to work within and alongside the applications. You will also work with third-party suppliers to roll out application upgrades.

If you have experience of working with SQL Server and preferably with a CRM system and are interested in working in a busy, friendly team supporting this great organisation please apply.

See the job profile. To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the person specification, to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR or email Due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates longlisted for interview will be notified.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 January 2019 12pm. For those called forward, interviews will be held the week commencing Monday 21 January 2019.

Area Director for Scotland & Northern Ireland

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: Highly competitive for sector

We are looking for an exceptional individual to fulfil an exciting senior role in the Scotland & Northern Ireland region:

a. Building on an existing role, to further develop and maintain high-value relationships with senior RAF representatives at station/unit level and elsewhere, corporate partners, high net worth individuals and other potential influencers/donors, to ensure that the Fund's outputs and brand are widely known, understood and financially or otherwise supported. A key aspect of the role is promoting the Fund's Welfare services which, as an integral element of the Fund's ongoing awareness raising programme, will also feature prominently in the Fund's own Centenary campaign objectives in 2019.

We are seeking a dynamic and confident individual who is forward thinking, can work on their own initiative and is comfortable with working in a matrix management style. Working to the Lead Area Director (Area Director South) and with members of the Fund's Senior Management Team and Head Office staffs, you will be someone who can grow and execute clear strategies to build and maintain high value relationships which deliver long-term sustainable benefits and value (including fundraising) for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a very strong understanding of the needs of serving and veteran members of the Royal Air Force and their dependents; this, and the broader demands of this role, requires applicants to be ex-members of the Royal Air Force having recently served, probably at the Wing Commander rank. An aircrew background is desirable but not essential.

See the job profile. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Paul Higgins, Chief of Staff, initially via

To apply, please send us your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role – these documents should be forwarded to Pete Thompson, HR Manager at by 5pm, Thursday 31 January 2019. Interviews will be held in London soon thereafter with assumption of appointment as soon thereafter as possible. The role is available from 28 February 2019.

Head of Individual Grants

Location: London
Salary: £52,500 plus pension contribution & benefits

This is an exciting opportunity to join a high performing team at the RAF's leading welfare charity. As a Head of Department (HoD), you will join colleagues in enabling and delivering high quality support to those in the RAF Family who are in need, and help to shape future policy. In 2018, we will have helped over 55,000 people and are ambitious about reaching more as we approach our Centenary. We provide support in a wide variety of ways, and individual grant giving is a key part of that.

The role is well suited to those who have a strong grounding in individual casework and ideally grant giving; applications are strongly encouraged from Pers Support practitioners from the RAF, whether commissioned or not. We are looking for an individual who has line management experience and who has a passion for our mission. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate their ability to work effectively with HoD level colleagues, individually and through the Welfare Management Board, as well as a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

They will also be versatile and imaginative, be able to think strategically but have a good eye for detail and have a clear focus on delivery; the post also requires a high level of individual work/output. Successful integration with the current team will be vital. The role is based at 67 Portland Place.

See the job profile for this role. For an informal discussion, potential applicants are welcome to discuss the post with the previous post holder Al Bennett on 020 7307 3347 or Paul Hughesdon, Director Welfare & Policy, on 020 7307 3306. The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday 17 January 2019.

For those longlisted, suitability assessments and a chance to meet the team will be held on Thursday 24 January 2019, and those shortlisted called back for interview on Friday 1 February 2019.

To apply, please email a covering letter (2 pages max - in which you should clearly explain how you meet the job profile and provide details of your notice period/ availability) and your CV (three pages max), to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund at Due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates longlisted for interview will be notified.

Previous applicants for this role in 2018 need not apply.

Executive Assistant to the Director of Finance

Location: London
Term: 12-month fixed term contract
Salary: Circa £33K plus benefits

This is an excellent opportunity to join a leading military charity and use your experience to support a member of the Senior Management Team. The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is seeking a professional and highly credible individual to take on the role of Executive Assistant.

You will possess and demonstrate excellent administration and organisational skills, including the organising of trustee level meetings and taking the minutes. You will have the ability to act with authority and independence.

Planning, organising and being able to prioritise are essential skills in this busy role as you will be responsible for a myriad of tasks in support of a member of the Senior Management Team. You will be expected to work on a wide variety of inward and external facing tasks and have excellent programme and diary management skills. You will need to be IT literate including the full use of MS Office and be able to adapt to in house systems. In addition, you will have excellent inter-personal skills being able to communicate across all levels with sound presentation skills and a flexible approach to your work.

See the role profile. To apply please send your CV and a covering letter clearly summarising your credentials and explaining why you believe you are suitable for this role to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, 67 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AR or by email to

We will look at applications as they are submitted to us but will not accept any applications after 12pm on Monday 14 January 2019.

Interviews will be held after 14 January 2019 and will include a skills test.

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