Candidates will have the opportunity to join an engagement forum hosted by Andrew Hopkinson, our Chief Fire Officer and Prinicpal Officers to discuss what we have to offer.
Candidates successful at shortlist will be invited to attend a progressive Area Manager selection process. This will include an assessment stage, an interview stage and an Incident Command L3 assessment.
Successful applicants at the gateway process will enter a talent pool, eligible for consideration for Area Manager posts as they arise. The pool will remain live for 12-18 months. They will be required to serve at any location in the Service, and to gain pre-employment clearances, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and pass a Service Medical and Fitness Test before appointment will be offered.
Successful applicants will be required to undertake a probationary period of 6 months and those successful on promotion will also be required to satisfactorily complete the Area Manager Development Programme.
Unsuccessful applicants will be offered detailed feedback and internal candidates will agree a development plan with their line manager.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Adults, Children and Young People and all staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.
Please note: Dates may be subject to change.
All potential candidates will be presented with the opportunity to participate in an engagement forum, providing individuals with a better understanding of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue service and a chance to engage with one of our Principal Officers. This will be conducted via TEAMS. (Whilst we highly recommend attendance, there is no requirement to participate).
This represents the gateway for progression to the formal selection process. The deadline for receipt of applications has now been extended to 09.00 2 February 2024. A shortlist process will be undertaken.
Psychometric Assessments and Aptitude Test
Applicants will undertake a short range of online psychometric assessments (assessing preferences, motives, and leadership styles). The results of these will be used to shape the personal interview at Stage 3. In addition, applicants will complete a verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning assessment.
Personal Interview, Written Assessment and Group Discussion
The personal interview will assess candidate’s leadership behaviours, competencies and principles and values. The personal interview will be based on the outcomes of the psychometric assessments, and will explore leadership styles, preferences, and motives. Applicants will complete an online case study (written exercise), based on the operational and managerial responsibilities of an Area Manager post. The group discussion will involve a discussion around a current topical issue.
Panel Interview with Presentation
Candidates will be required to deliver a 15 minute presentation as part of the panel interview. This will assess ability to present and communicate strategies and concepts, demonstrate planning and organising abilities and delivering results. The interview will assess the candidate’s understanding of, and ability to deliver in the role of Area Manager. The interview may also assess leadership behaviours, preferences, motives and competencies.
Incident Command Level 3
This will involve a scenario incident simulation assessment. The timing of this element within the Area Manager process may vary, subject to availability. Internal candidates that hold a valid ICS level 3 assessment will not be required to undertake a further command assessment as part of this process.