RAF Association – Head of Human Resources


£52968 – £55756 

Based at our HQ in Leicester LE3 1UT with agile working

A UK driving licence is an essential requirement for this role

Who we are

The RAF Association has a clear objective: to help sustain a resilient and empowered RAF community, including serving personnel, RAF veterans and their families. Through our sector leading services, we offer friendship to the isolated and lonely, sheltered housing for those who want to remain proudly independent and childcare to serving personnel on RAF stations. We work closely with partner organisations, including other military charities, and have a strong bond with our donors and supporters, giving us the confidence to deliver for our beneficiaries when they need us.

With thousands of members across the UK and further afield, plus hundreds of dedicated employees and volunteers, we have the network and experience needed for a personal one-to-one approach. We work together to make sure no one is ever left behind.

About the role

The role of Head of Human Resources is central to the success of the RAF Association.  Staff represent the cornerstone of the Association’s work to achieve its purpose, to support the welfare and wellbeing by charitable means of the RAF community, and the Head of Human Resources is essential in supporting this.  The role will lead the HR team in its delivery of the Association’s strategy of recruiting, supporting and developing our staff and the post holder will be responsible for the management and leadership of all HR functions, including payroll, across the whole of the Group (in particular RAFAKidz), providing high quality HR support to managers and employees which is consistent, compliant and pragmatic.  The Head of HR will, working with SMT, lead the Association in promoting a culture which improves performance, facilitates staff wellbeing and supports the delivery of positive outcomes.

Primary responsibilities include leading the development and delivery of employee engagement, implementing HR policy, recruitment and training and using data analysis to compile quarterly reports to SMT and Trustees to provide insights into employee issues and the wider societal issues affecting the Association.

A full role profile and person specification is available to download on our website www.rafa.org.uk

About You

Experience working within a similar sized organisation (circa 400 employees) is essential to being successful in this role. You will ideally be MCPID qualified and have extensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of HR law, particularly those governing TUPE and performance management as well as substantial experience in developing and implementing HR Policy.  You will be fully ‘hands on’ leading on complex employee relations issues, including TUPE, redundancy and settlement as well as managing the Association’s Life Assurance Scheme and providing expert support to the Remuneration Committee in matters of remuneration and reward.  As well as having a track record of providing high quality recruitment and retention strategies and knowledge of Auto Enrolment and DC pension schemes, you will have the ability to identify opportunities to refine and improve business processes relating to People Management. 


  • Fantastic environment committed to really making a difference.
  • Generous annual leave – 36 days including public holidays and time off over the Christmas period.
  • 5% employer pension contribution under salary sacrifice (subject to matched employee contribution)
  • Company sick pay (after qualifying period)
  • Free eye tests and a contribution towards glasses.
  • Employee assistance programme – confidential helpline for advice and support.
  • Free onsite car park.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • On-site shower facilities
  • Close to park and ride

To apply

To make your application really stand out, please take some time to review that your CV is up to date as we will initially consider your skills and experience based on your CV which align with the role profile and person specification.   Please also consider attach a cover letter to briefly outline your interest in the role and  how your skills and experience match the role profile.

When you are happy with your CV and cover letter, please send to jobs@rafa.org.uk.

Please do contact us on 0800 018 2361 if you would like to arrange an informal chat about the wider role and responsibilities.

Closing date                   8am Monday 19 June 2023

Interviews                      26 and 27 June 2023 at Atlas House

The RAF Association is a Disability Confident Employer, please get in touch if you require any assistance with the application process.

We reserve the right to close this opportunity early so please do not delay in applying as we’d love to hear from you.

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