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A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

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MOD – Air – RAF Boulmer

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Full-time, Shift working

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RAF Boulmer Alnwick

About the job

Job Summary

We have an opportunity for a professional driver to join RAF Boulmer’s Mechanical Transport (MT) Flight. The vacancy is for a Skill Zone 3 Civilian Driver who will be involved in a variety of tasks providing essential passenger and freight transport support to RAF Boulmer and its associated Units such as the RAF’s Remote Radar Heads. RAF Boulmer is a key part of the Air Command and Control Force, providing surveillance of UK airspace and tactical control of combat and support aircraft.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

Job description

The successful candidate will be responsible to the Mechanical Transport Officer for:

  • Conducting daily driving duties around RAF Boulmer such as passenger transport for shift changes as well as delivery of mail and medical samples.
  • Conducting passenger transport to public transport departure points such as train stations and airports.
  • Conducting passenger and freight transport to and from other RAF Stations.
  • Conducting all other driving taskings as directed by MT Control.
  • Ensuring all vehicle inspections are carried out and all associated paperwork related to the vehicle is in order.
  • Ensuring the general cleanliness and serviceability of all vehicles and work spaces as well as ensuring all vehicle defects and incidents are reported in a timely manner.
  • These tasks are not exhaustive, and you may be required to undertake other tasks within the remit of your grade and qualifications.
  • Conduct VIP duties ensuring high standards of dress and deportment.

Person specification

Civilian drivers operate within a 24-hour, 7-days a week shift pattern conducting a shift cycle on a rotation of 2-day shifts, 2-night shifts followed by 4 days off. Contracted to a minimum of 37 hours a week over a 8-week shift cycle.

As a customer facing role, excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required to be able to interact professionally with a range of people from across the RAF Boulmer Area of Responsibility (AOR). The successful applicant will be expected to be a team player who can build trust-based relationships and work closely within a close-knit team. A proactive and adaptable attitude is essential to ensure that all driving and administrative tasks required of them are completed to a high standard to ensure the smooth running of MT. You must also demonstrate a self-motivated, flexible approach with an ability to prioritise work and manage resources effectively. During evenings and weekends you will be expected to work unsupervised, and at times on your own, and be able to respond to last minute customer requests.


All applicants are required to hold the qualifications of Cat B, Cat D1, Cat D, Cat C and Cat C+E driving licenses with an ADR licence being a desirable qualification.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service


Alongside your salary of £22,177, Ministry of Defence contributes £5,987 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • 25 days paid annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days on completion of 5 years’ service – pro rata for Part Time Working.

The post does not offer relocation expenses.External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six-month probation period.

Please Note: Expenses incurred for travel to interviews will not be reimbursed.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts. Any move to MOD from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff which includes educating them on the benefits of not smoking, protecting them from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to give up smoking. Under the Smoke-Free Working Environment policy, Smoking and the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) will not be permitted anywhere in the Defence working environment however some exemptions are in place, please refer to local guidance. The policy is Whole Force and includes all Defence personnel, contractors, visitors and other non-MOD personnel. All applicants seeking, considering, or accepting employment with the Ministry of Defence should be aware of this policy and that it is already in place at a number of Defence Establishments.

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Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles and will assess your Behaviours and Experience. If you pass sift you will be invited to a face to face interview where you will be assessed against the Behaviours listed within the advert.

Candidates will be required to provide CV details to include job history; qualification details and previous skills and experience.

Candidates will be required to provide a statement of suitability. (250 Words)

At application and interview, you will be assessed against the following Success Profiles Behaviours/Technical Skills:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating And Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing A Quality Service

The successful applicant will be expected to pass a Civil Service medical and a driving assessment before being offered the job. All applicants are required to hold the following qualifications of Cat B, D1, D, C and C+E driving licenses, with an ADR licence being a desirable qualification.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. If you need to advise us that you need additional help or reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process, please contact: [email protected] .

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles (opens in a new window).

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Name :

Fg Off Jake Collyer

Recruitment team

Further information

Please ensure you read the attached candidate information document prior to completing your application. Please refer to the attached Candidate Information guide.

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