The Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)

The Institution of Royal Engineers

Chief Executive and Secretary
Hours - Full Time
Duration: Permanent

Background Information

The Trustees seek to recruit a new Chief Executive to lead The Institution of Royal Engineers through the next phase of its development.
The Institution of Royal Engineers is a Registered Charity, Incorporated by Royal Charter, established in 1887 to promote the science of military engineering and the efficiency of the Royal Engineers. Its early activities were limited to the publication of professional papers and this developed into establishing the Royal Engineers Museum, now a separate Registered Charity, and in recent times to becoming a licensed member of the Engineering Council, allowing the Institution to register its members as Engineer Technicians, Incorporated Engineers and Chartered Engineers.
In 2018, the trustees adopted Strategy 2030, with a vision of creating a vibrant Institution providing innovative solutions in complex environments that seeks to advance the science and art of military engineering.  Reporting to the President of the Institution, the new Chief Executive will be required to lead the development and implementation of the strategy while maintaining the routine operations of the Institution in support of its c10,000 members.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership for all aspects of the Institution, working with Trustees to develop the plan to bring Strategy 2030 to life and deliver the Institution’s charitable objectives
  • Operational management and direction of the Institution and its resources – staff (5 members and over 30 volunteers), finance and assets – and maintaining its Licence with the Engineering Council
  • The Institution’s long term financial success, including maximising income and controlling expenditure
  • Improving the Institution’s internal and external communications, reinforcing the Institution’s connections with its members and the serving Corps of Royal Engineers
  • Maintain current and develop new partnerships and collaborations with Professional Engineering Institutions and other organizations (local, national and international) that connect with the Institution’s objectives
  • Build professional and subject specialist networks to support the creation of a Knowledge Centre to provide a virtual hub for military engineering in conjunction with the RE Museum

Qualities and Experience:

The Trustees are looking to appoint a Chief Executive who can demonstrate success in the following areas:
  • A proven leader with strategic vision and the ability to deliver a broad range of goals and objectives to demanding deadlines
  • Delivering change whilst maintaining routine outputs and managing a wide range of stakeholders
  • Financial acumen with evidence of sound budgetary management and the ability to reconcile business requirements with other needs (academic, community, stakeholder)
  • Strong communication skills with an ability to persuade and motivate others
  • Energy, enthusiasm and a passion for the successful delivery of a complex mission
Experience in or knowledge of the following areas is highly desirable:
  • Military engineering and the role of the Royal Engineers today and through history 
  • The Charity Sector 
  • The Engineering Council and other professional engineering institutions

Further particulars:

This post is offered on a 3-year, fixed term contract, extendable for a further fixed term or as permanent employment by agreement of both parties, and is subject to the provision of original documentation that indicates the successful applicant’s right to work in the UK. A 6-month probationary period will apply.

Pay and benefits

A competitive salary is offered in line with skill, experience and market pay for similar roles. An annual bonus will be offered on delivery of agreed targets.  Payment is made by credit transfer to a bank or building society, monthly in arrears.  The Institution terms and conditions of employment are based as closely as possible on the Civil Service model, including flexible working patterns.  The Staff Handbook is available on application.  A Private Pension Plan is offered. There is also the opportunity to rent a property from the Institution.

Annual Leave

There is a generous annual leave scheme, based on the Civil Service scheme, plus public holidays.

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 Institution’s Data Protection Policy.

How to Apply

Applications should be made by letter, with CV and a personal statement explaining how you meet the requirements for this job, and sent by email to (or by post to the Secretary, The Institution of Royal Engineers, Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent  ME4 4UG). Applicants are requested to provide suitable references, which will be taken up prior to an appointment being made.
The closing date is 18 March 2019 at 12 noon.  Interviews will take place at the end of March or early April.  All applications will be acknowledged and all applicants will be notified whether or not they will be called for interview.

Additional Information

 A full Job Description and a copy of the Institution’s Strategy 2030 are available for download (See below)

Job description (.pdf)

Institution Strategy 2030 (.pdf)

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