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Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (REF: ACFO:RBFRS)

£94,521 - £109,485 5 plus an annual operational allowance of £10,249 Lease car scheme Relocation Package as appropriate, to be agreed by the Chief Fire Officer

Listed 13 December 2018

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is here to serve the people of Berkshire and we want to recruit, retain and develop people to ensure we create a safe, professional and capable workforce, who can provide a fit for purpose service, 24/7, 365 days a year

We have 18 stations covering an area of around 125,914 hectares, from Slough and Langley in the east along the M4 corridor to Lambourn and Newbury in the west. We employ more than 600 staff serving a population of approximately 860,000 people.

We are seeking to appoint an individual of exceptional calibre to the position of Assistant Chief Fire Officer who can join our senior leadership team and help deliver an efficient and effective service to the people of Berkshire.

We are seeking applications from highly motivated individuals who are open to change and looking for the opportunity to lead and develop within Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Main Duties

Assisting the CFO in setting clear strategic policy direction for the organisation by analysing information, intelligence and risk

  • Act as lead liaison officer with the Home Office and Central Government, exercising political engagement skills and influencing policy direction at a national level
  • Lead on collaboration and policy direction across the Thames Valley, in addition to identifying and implementing new opportunities.
  • Ensuring that appropriate and robust financial management and reporting systems are in place, allowing the Fire Authority to effectively scrutinise financial performance.
  • Oversee the management of capital projects outlined within the Capital Investment Programme, ensuing they are clearly planned, have sufficient resources and have considered potential risks in consultation with the Senior Leadership team.
  • Lead, manage and develop a highly effective Directorate management team that works collaboratively to deliver its objectives
Key role requirements
  • You will be a competent tactical level incident commander with significant experience of Incident Command at Level 3.
  • You will have a knowledge and understanding of the corporate requirements of a business service, including legal, budgets, environmental and health & safety responsibilities
  • You will have a proven ability to work effectively under pressure to meet tight deadlines, including in the operational context
  • You will have strong communications skills with the ability to clearly & concisely present complex issues at a strategic level
  • In addition, you will have the ability to influence at all levels with proven leadership skills, strong performance focus and commitment to improving public service delivery

A relocation package and lease car scheme are also available. The post holder will be expected to provide operational cover and therefore live within reasonable travelling distance of Royal Berkshire.

We currently operate a 1 week in 5 rota.

Application Process

The process will consist of:

Submission of a CV and Covering Letter detailing how your skills align with the Job Description. Please include evidence of your level of competence in Incident Command

  • Online assessment
  • Completion of a written report
  • Media exercise
  • RBFRS panel interview and presentation

If you are interested in applying for these positions, a full job profile can be obtained from our website - . For an informal discussion with Trevor Ferguson, Chief Fire officer regarding the position, please contact Noosha Churchill on 0118 9384404 to arrange a suitable time. Should you wish to contact Human Resources please contact the HR department on 0118 9384550.

Completed applications should be sent to

The closing date for the return of completed application forms is 0900 hours on 18 January 2019

It is anticipated that the selection process will run from 26 February 2019 and 5 March 2019

Closing date: 18 January 2019

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