The Royal Engineers Association – Director of Operations



The Royal Engineers Association Director of Operations leads the REA office team and manages the effective and efficient operation of The Royal Engineers Association in pursuance of the agreed strategy of the REA Board of Trustees and the CEO of the REA.

Key Details:

Reporting to: The Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Engineers Association
Status: Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Salary: £45-£50k depending on experience
Location: Ravelin Building, Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4UG

Key Responsibilities

Operational Management. The post holder will lead all aspects of The Royal Engineers Association’s Day to day operations by the direction of the Royal Engineers Association Chief Executive. The post holder’s key responsibilities in this regard are to:

  • plan and manage the day-to-day running of The Royal Engineers Association to meet the Association’s objectives.
  • develop and implement, once approved, the annual The Royal Engineers Association Business plan.
  • support the Chief Executive and Board of Trustees as needed, standing in for the Chief Executive when required.
  • line manage the Royal Engineers Association team and other seconded or contracted staff, providing them with proper oversight and direction.
  • develop and implement projects as directed by the Royal Engineers Association Chief Executive and Board of Trustees, ensuring the effective management of project delivery and costs.
  • Manage the delivery of the Association Benevolence and Welfare Activities
  • Function as secretary to the Recruitment, Management and Benevolence Committee
  • Manage and support events including the REA AGM and annual Dinner and various REA Veterans weekends held across the UK and overseas.
  • Production of the HQ Circular, Branch submissions to The Sapper magazine and production of the Branch & Group Contact List.
  • Processing all travel & subsistence claims made online and monitoring associated budget lines such as the REA Kitchener Scholarship Fund, ensuring payment of incoming bills for the Fund.
  • Liaison with The Royal Hospital Chelsea and former Royal Engineer In-Pensioners.
  • Outreach to relevant charities and stakeholders to offer support to Royal Engineer veterans, serving soldiers and families.


The post holder will represent The Royal Engineers Association across the Sector, working with the Chief Executive to promote The Royal Engineers Association and develop its relationships with other Service Charities, and other key stakeholders at operational level including veterans, serving soldiers and families. In accordance with Executive Committee direction, the post holder’s key responsibilities are to:

  • represent The Royal Engineers Association’s interests to partner charities, other key stakeholders, and members.
  • Consolidate the input from our stakeholders into the REA Business plan
  • coordinate the Royal Engineers Association team’s actions to encourage and facilitate cooperation and collaboration across the Unit and Branch network.
  • ensure the effective implementation of policies, resources, and services to support the Royal Engineers Association membership; and respond to approaches from a wide spectrum of people and organisations seeking engagement with The Royal Engineers Association.

The post holder may be required to perform other duties that are considered reasonable within the scope and purpose of the job and aptitudes of the job holder.

Person Specification

Experience, Skills, and Knowledge


  • Strong leadership and organisational skills, with proven experience of leading small to medium sized organisations and managing a significant and varied body of work.
  • Strong history of setting clear objectives and delivering against them.
  • Excellent financial skills with proven ability to plan and manage core and project budgets.
  • Highly effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent people skills, able to establish strong, collaborative relationships with members and key stakeholders at Trustee, Chief Executive, and senior management level.
  • A deep understanding of and sympathy for the needs of the Armed Forces Community.
  • IT literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office and a good understanding of the internet and the role of websites and social media in promoting an organisation.


  • Has attended or will be attending a Charity Management Awareness Course

Personal Attributes:

  • Integrity
  • Strong work ethic
  • Flexibility
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Additional Information – About the Royal Engineers Association

Please see our 2021 REA Annual Report for more information about who we are and what we do.

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