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Associate Director - Programme Delivery

Posted: 9 Oct 2020 Closes: 25 Oct 2020
Exeter, GB Salary starting at £64,000
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20201009134708

Salary Information: £64,000 - £77,000

Job Purpose: As a member of the Programmes Directorate Senior Leadership Team reporting to the Programmes Director, you will work with them to deliver the business strategy.

Enabling the build of products and services to support the delivery model; focussing everything we do to deliver greater benefit and impact to our customers.

You will lead the delivery of programmes and projects as directed by the Met Office Strategy, Strategic Actions and Investment and Bid Committee.

Core Experience:

Leading and delivering, at senior manager level large scale programme activity in a complex and multi-stakeholder environment.

Experience in managing a wide portfolio with the ability to translate customer requirements into projects and programmes.

Experience in delivery a variety of different types of programmes i.e. consultancy, research, design and build and dismantling to time, quality standards and budget.

Experience in delivering products and applied science and in establishing, leading, monitoring scientific projects and products.

Commercial awareness – extensive knowledge and understanding product and services programme delivery.

Business delivery focus - strong delivery focus, able to interpret data to create and present evidence-based insight.

A proven track record at senior management level capable of balancing strategic, tactical and operational priorities; able to deliver at pace with resilience, often through high levels of ambiguity and organisational change.

Leadership Behaviours & Met Office values

Operates Strategically – we’re experts by nature; we’re a force for good

Acts Transformationally – we live and breathe it; we keep evolving

Drives Organisational Alignment – we’re better together

Job Responsibilities: Be an active member of the Programmes Senior Leadership Team supporting the delivery of strategy for the whole Met Office.

Ensure the delivery of the agreed strategic and transformational Programmes.

Responsible as Process Owner for the Level 1 processes in line with MO Process Hub.

Lead the applied science teams.

Additional Supplementary Information: To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Key Dates: Closing date 25/10/2020 with interviews expected from 6/11/2020.

Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful. Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

At present, all interviews will take place remotely via Skype.

Full-time and slightly less than full-time applications are invited. This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK within operational requirements.

Once COVID 19 restrictions are lifted it is expected that the post holder will have to attend meetings (virtual and physical) at the various MO sites. The majority of the current teams are based in Exeter.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction.  

If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying. 

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.


Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities: Relevant professional qualification or knowledge – Portfolio and programme management e.g. P3 expert, MoPortfolios or equivalent relevant knowledge

General management at Master level or equivalent experience

Experience of leading delivery of scientific and technical programmes

Financial literacy – proven track record of managing a significant budget (£x million+) within agreed limits and extensive knowledge of corporate budgeting and financial processes including delivery of cost reduction/ efficiency programmes.

Working within a Scientific environment.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities: Cross sector experience - working with or across different sectors and/ or organisations.

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