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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland


National Employer Advisory Board Vacancies

10 April 2013


Post: Member

Appointing Body: National Employer Advisory Board

Department/Sector: Ministry of Defence

Number of Vacancies: 3

Location: London

Vacancy description: 

NEAB is an advisory non departmental public body of 15 members which plays a key role providing independent advice to Defence Ministers on the measures needed to win and maintain the support of employers towards Britain’s Reserve Forces.  These include the Volunteer Reserve Forces (the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Territorial Army, and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force), as well as those whose reserve liability is a consequence of previous service with the Regular forces.  A key part of NEAB’s role continues to be to minimise the impact of employer concerns on the recruitment and retention of Volunteer Reserves.  To achieve this, NEAB maintains continuous relations with employers and relevant bodies at all levels to obtain their views, identify their concerns and ensure that Defence Ministers and the relevant policy makers in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are made aware of these concerns.

NEAB, through its Chairman acts as an advisor on the efficiency and effectiveness of the advertising and marketing campaign known as SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers).  This campaign uses targeted marketing to inform employers on how they can contribute to assist the Armed Forces in delivering usable Volunteer Reserve Forces.

NEAB gathers its information from Reservists, Reservists’ employers, employer organisations, the regular Armed Forces and the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations (RFCAs).  Each member is encouraged to affiliated to at least one of the 13 RFCA regions.    

Person specification: 

Successful applicants must demonstrate the following:

* Board experience as an executive or non-executive in commerce, industry, the public sector or the voluntary and community sector organisation which employs large numbers of employees.  

* A clear understanding of the needs of business (including small business and the self-employed), commerce, public, voluntary and community sector employers, and of the impact that MoD policy on the use of Reserves may have on their business and activity.

* The ability to demonstrate they can communicate effectively to a regional business community.

Experience / understanding in the following areas would be advantageous:

*Experience in marketing and/or campaigning would be an advantage in assessing the effectiveness of the SaBRE campaign.

*Experience, whether in the private, public sector, academic or third sector, where Reservists are employed.

*An understanding of the culture and ethos of the Volunteer Reserve Forces and the commitment this entails for the individual and their employer. 

All aspects of the role must be carried out in accordance with the Seven Principles of Public Life and the conditions imposed by the MoD with regard to accountability and security.

Time Requirements: The Board meets three times a year in Central London but meetings may be arranged elsewhere as required.  Members also attend meetings held in their affiliated Reserve Forces and Cadet Associated region(s).

Remuneration: Members are unpaid, but will be reimbursed for travel and subsistence when attending NEAB meetings.

Additional Information : Length of appointment:  Minimum 2 years with possibility to be re-appointed for a further term but for no more than 10 years in total subject to satisfactory performance and the needs of the Chairman and the Ministry of Defence.

Closing date for applications: 26 April 2013

Interviews Start: To be announced.

How to Apply: Visit the Cabinet Office website and using the details provided contact the Defence Business Services Civilian HR department on  using the Reference Number supplied:

The recruitment process is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.