The Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)

Vacancy-Assistant Controller Royal Engineers Association

Position Title: Assistant Controller
Employer: The Royal Engineers Association Charity
Location:  RHQ RE, Ravelin Building, Brompton Barracks, Chatham ME4 4UG: 
Employment Type: Part Time
Standard Hours: 25.5 hours weekly
Salary: Starting salary is £21,458 per annum.  The salary is not negotiable.
Relocation Expenses: The post does not offer any relocation expenses
Working Pattern:
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Probation Period: Subject to a 3 month probationary period
The Organisation:  The Royal Engineers Association (REA) is the Regimental Association of the
Corps of Royal Engineers.  The original REA was founded in October 1912 under the name of
The Royal Engineers Old Comrades Association.  The Aims of the Association may be interpreted to be:
           a.  To promote and support the Corps among members of the Association in the following ways:
               (1)   By fostering esprit de corps and a spirit of comradeship and service.
               (2)   By maintaining an awareness of Corps traditions.
               (3)   By acting as a link between serving and retired members of the Corps.
           b.  To provide financial and other assistance to serving and former members of the Corps, their
           spouses, widows, widowers and dependants who are in need through poverty.
           c.  To make grants, within Association Guidelines, to the Army Benevolent Fund and to other
           charities that further the objectives of the Association.
  The motto of the Association is “Service - Not Self”
Position Description:  The REA is currently recruiting for an Assistant Controller to join a closely knit
team of four based in our HQ at Chatham, Kent.  The Assistant Controller is the focus for
REA benevolence activity, provides administrative support and assists the Controller in delivering the
multifarious activities of the REA.
This is a varied role and a strong administrative background and solid interpersonal skills should be
considered as key attributes. The ability to produce accurate and legible written material is
essential, as is the ability to work accurately with numbers. Proficiency in the use of MS Word,
MS Excel and MS Access is essential.  A military background is highly desirable.  Although the post
is based in Chatham, travel to London will be required on a regular basis.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
•    Assist the Controller whenever necessary.
•    Assessment of benevolence cases and the staffing of benevolence cases to REA Benevolence
     Committee as necessary. 
•    Make all arrangements for the Annual Dinner and Sapper Sunday.
•    Summon, attend and carry out secretarial duties of the Management Committee, Recruiting
      Committee and the Benevolence Committee and prepare Minutes of the
      proceedings of these meetings.
•    Production of the HQ Circular, Branch submissions to The Sapper magazine and production
      of the Branch & Group Contact List.
•    Routine correspondence and acknowledgements, includes enquiries on miscellaneous
      matters and redirection to the relevant agency if unable to assist. 
•    The coordination of ticket requests to external annual events.
•    Maintenance of a petty cash account.
•    Processing all incoming bills, Travel & Subsistence claims, annual grants to
      Veteran’s Weekends & Group HQ’s and monitoring associated budget lines. 
•    Focus for Branch and Group Annual Financial Summaries. 
      Includes telephone and one-to-one support as required. 
Development Opportunities:  Access to training opportunities in the workplace and
outside the organization.
Interviews:  No date has yet been set for interviews
Closing date for applications: 15 Dec 2017
Contact:  Lt Col (Retd) Neil Jordan – 01634 822407 or email
Please apply online with your CV and covering letter.  
Compiled by:
Lt Col (Retd) Neil Jordan
3 November 2017