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Aviation Meteorologist (NATS)

Posted: 19 Nov 2019 Closes: 18 Jan 2020
Swanwick Competitive
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20191119122714

The Met Office is a world leader in Aviation weather forecasting delivering meteorology information via our remit as a world area forecasting centre (WAFC), via the Civil Aviation Authority and works with industry to deliver high quality services. Due to the continued success of these partnerships, the need has arisen to expand the team based at NATS. NATS provides air traffic navigation services to aircraft flying through controlled UK airspace and at numerous UK airports. NATS is the UK’s sole provider of en-route services and operates from two control centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and the other Prestwick, Ayrshire, handling 2.4 million flights and 250 million passengers in UK airspace each year. NATS pride themselves in delivering a safe and efficient air traffic service across the UK, which involves managing some of the most complex airspace in the world.This is a very high profile customer and role, which requires the meteorologist to adjust operational tempo dependent on the customers’ requirements, directly impacting their decision making around disruptive weather – benefiting and driving operational efficiencies for millions of passengers in the UK.This also provides a fantastic opportunity to continue to drive the Met Office understanding of air traffic management, and define future products and services in an important and continuously developing relationship. The role also provides a great opportunity to feedback learning and understanding of the customer back into the office, working with wider Met Office teams (e.g. Science and Business Group) to help develop capability.The Met Office is a world leader in Aviation weather forecasting delivering meteorology information via our remit as a world area forecasting centre (WAFC), via the Civil Aviation Authority and works with industry to deliver high quality services. Due to the continued success of these partnerships, the need has arisen to expand the team based at NATS. NATS provides air traffic navigation services to aircraft flying through controlled UK airspace and at numerous UK airports. NATS is the UK’s sole provider of en-route services and operates from two control centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and the other Prestwick, Ayrshire, handling 2.4 million flights and 250 million passengers in UK airspace each year. NATS pride themselves in delivering a safe and efficient air traffic service across the UK, which involves managing some of the most complex airspace in the world.This is a very high profile customer and role, which requires the meteorologist to adjust operational tempo dependent on the customers’ requirements, directly impacting their decision making around disruptive weather – benefiting and driving operational efficiencies for millions of passengers in the UK.This also provides a fantastic opportunity to continue to drive the Met Office understanding of air traffic management, and define future products and services in an important and continuously developing relationship. The role also provides a great opportunity to feedback learning and understanding of the customer back into the office, working with wider Met Office teams (e.g. Science and Business Group) to help develop capability.


Job Purpose

As a skilled meteorologist, you will provide smart, tailored and focused meteorology information that provides impact-based forecasts to ensure that NATS and their stakeholders are as resilient to the weather as possible. Based within NATS’ operational control centre, you will integrate seamlessly with the customer, building strong relationships which help enhance/develop Met Office services with the aim to further develop supporting science and technology.

Responsibilities

  • To provide meteorological information and advice to NATS key decision makers with regard to impacts on the network and operations. This ranges from now-casting within the Ops Centre, to weekly and monthly forecast information for planning purposes and Senior Management, ensuring that the right person has the most up to date information in real time.
  • Liaise proactively with meteorologists across the network, in particular with Operations Centre Exeter as well as the on-site meteorologists at Heathrow Airport and easyJet; this will involve participation in regular conferences to ensure a consistent message with regard to weather advice, whilst also feeding back on customer specific impacts.
  • Have an in depth knowledge of the customer, including a full understanding of the weather elements which impact on their operations, plus how and when contingencies should be implemented to help mitigate these impacts.
  • Understand NATS organisational structure and communicate clearly with all parties with their organisation to ensure technical information is conveyed in relevant way to all interested parties.
  • Work with relevant managers to ensure Best Practice is developed and promoted by the whole of the NATS meteorologist team to enable a consistent and innovative approach to the service. Working with Aviation Business to ensure that the information about NATS is captured and used to promote continued service improvement, and the development of a long term relationship.
  • Manage workload effectively in order to respond flexibly and quickly to changing customer requirements, whilst maintaining a clear focus on operational priorities.

Key Skills

  1. Successful completion of Forecaster Foundation Training Programme or equivalent, with evidence of ongoing professional development.
  2. Evidence of strong customer service focus, through excellent communication skills and a flexible approach that demonstrates a wide-ranging understanding of customer requirements.
  3. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of impacts of weather on aviation customers, with a proven track record of delivering operational forecasting.
  4. Have passed the Senior Operational Meteorologist test or will successfully complete it within the first year after appointment.

Desirable

  1. A willingness to detach to the civil aviation meteorologist teams, currently at Heathrow and Luton Airport – enabling resilience, knowledge sharing and consolidation.
  2. Understanding of NATS, airport and airline operations and management processes.

Additional Information

This is a permanent role starting as soon as possible.

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, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.

If constraints of working at NATS are encountered, the Met Office may look to locate successful candidates to other aviation sites located in South East England. For operational reasons this post will be based in NATS Southampton.

Shift pattern currently 12 hour shifts 24/7. However when the team is complete it is expected to transition to morning, afternoon and night shorter shift pattern.

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 08/12/2019 with interviews expected week commencing 06/01/2020 which may include an assessment and/or exercise. 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.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

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.

Other Information

36,684 - £40,352 plus £4,000 plus unsocial hours shift allowance. Relocation Assistance may be available.

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