On Call Watch Manager – Rochford

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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Post: On Call Watch Manager Position 
Working Hours: On-Call (Agreed Contractual Hours) 
Scale: Watch Manager (Substantive) 
Location: Rochford Fire Station 

We are seeking expressions of interest from individuals who would like to apply for the On Call station-based Watch Manager operational position at Rochford Fire Station. 

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with an enthusiasm for leading others. As a Watch Manager at Rochford, you will be a role model to others on station, exemplifying professionalism and maintaining high standards, as well as developing the team for the future as part of the station’s succession planning.  

You will be committed to the development of yourself and others: and will be prepared to support new recruits through their development journey. 

As a Watch Manager on station, you will undertake a vital role supporting our service in leading the station, ensuring station activities are completed professionally and undertaking the full Role Map and responsibilities of a Watch Manager.  

The successful applicant will manage the interaction between the watch and station management to ensure planning, review, implementation, and delivery of the station business plans and other organisational operational priorities in a timely manner. 


To be eligible to apply for this opportunity, you must: 

Hold a substantive role as a Crew Manager for a minimum of twelve months, or are Watch Manager Manager (or equivalent), within a UK Fire and Rescue Service  
Have successfully completed all relevant operation assessments and compulsory courses, and are competent in your current role  
Hold Incident Command (verification Level 1) 
Not be subject to any current live disciplinary or performance warnings, nor be subject to any informal management for reasons of conduct or performance  
Have a valid and current FiTech of 42 VO2 max 

If you are an internal candidate, you must have discussed your application with your line manager and confirmed with them there are no outstanding issues of conduct or performance. This will be verified prior to shortlisting. 

How to apply  

Internal candidates in either the development or resource pool –   
If you meet the essential criteria listed above, you should express an interest for the role by clicking Apply in Cornerstone (recruitment portal). 

Internal candidates who are not in either the development or resource pool –   
You are required to submit a supporting statement of no more than 750 words detailing how you meet the essential criteria for the role via Cornerstone (recruitment portal). It is important that you provide as much evidence as possible as to how you meet the essential criteria of the person specification as this statement will be used to shortlist your application. Please ensure you have uploaded the supporting statement before clicking Apply. 

External candidates

You will be required to submit a supporting statement of no more than 750 words that demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria of the Person Specification. You may submit this either as a word document, pdf, or an mp3 (voice note) or mp4 (video), however the word count must not exceed 750 words no matter which format you choose to present your application.    

You may attach separate documents (such as qualifications, or a CV) should you wish. Your additional documents will be referred to in shortlisting to confirm eligibility (e.g., your current role and any existing qualifications). 

Assessment and selection:  

The assessment and selection approach will be:  

Stage 1    

Application & shortlisting.

Operational Assessment:  

Promotion candidates are required to undertake an operational assessment, relevant for the role they are applying for. This will consist of an assessed activity and an exam.  

Further details regarding these assessments can be obtained from OCAT.  

Stage 2 

Role specific panel interview   

Should you wish to have an informal discussion with regards to the role, please contact Mark Elliott on mark.elliott@essex-fire.gov.uk 

Our Culture and Benefits 

Here at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service we are committed to prioritising and promoting the wellbeing of our employees.  

You can find out more about our benefits at https://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/recruitment/benefits 

Disability Confident 

We are an equal opportunities, Disability Confident, employer who welcomes applications from everyone and values diversity in our workplace. A commitment to promoting diversity and developing a work environment where all staff are treated with dignity and respect is central to our recruitment process and all applications will be considered solely on merit. 

As part of our offer to support all our candidates to perform to the best of their abilities during our recruitment and selection processes and we would like to let you know about a couple of support options you can access, should you wish to, including our employee forums, who are keen and willing to support all of our potential colleagues.  

Our employee forums and partners include: 

Asian Fire Services Association (AFSA), BEING (our LGBTQ+ employee support network), Christian Fellowship, Ethnic Minority Forum, Men’s Forum, and our Women’s Forum. In addition, we also have a female firefighters operational group.  

Further to the above, the Service has a Digital Accessibility Inclusion Group (DAIG) that supports all colleagues to improve their digital skills and provides additional support and guidance to colleagues with neurodivergent strengths and struggles as a result of dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, dyspraxia etc. We want everyone to thrive at work, and so we encourage and enable people to access digital tools to help them perform at your best. The DAIG is a group of colleagues from across the Service that unite to support others as a result of their lived experience and desire to make a difference. They support people with a range of visible and invisible disabilities to identify and access digital workplace adjustments and solutions and may be able to assist with your application too.  

Should you wish to discuss support, or access further information, from one of these groups, please contact Equality.Diversity@essex-fire.gov.uk  
You are also able to raise any queries or requests for support, including any adjustments you may require, at any stage of the process by email to recruitment@essex-fire.gov.uk 

You can find out more about Essex County Fire & Rescue Service via www.essex-fire.gov.uk and about our vacancies and application processes via www.essex-fire.gov.uk/join-essex-fire 


Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. 
It is our policy to require all applicants for employment to disclose if you are currently being investigated by any regulatory body or have any decisions or sanctions pending or in progress in respect of your suitability to work for the Service. 
You agree to inform the Service within 24 hours if you are subsequently investigated by any agency or organisation in relation to concerns about your behaviour towards children, young people or vulnerable adults. 

The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will be considered only in relation to the appointment for which you are applying. 
This role will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 

To apply for this job please visit essex-fire.csod.com.