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Defence Technical Lead

Posted: 17 Feb 2021 Closes: 7 Mar 2021
Exeter, GB Salary starting at £36,684 with opportunities to progress in the role up to £40,352. Salaries are currently under review.
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20210217142720

This role is within our recently expanded Defence technology team, who are responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting advanced meteorological-based services and data for use by our Defence customers around the world. You will lead a talented development team to find innovative ways of enabling our customers to make the most of our world leading meteorological data.


Background

This role is within our recently expanded Defence technology team, who are responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting advanced meteorological-based services and data for use by our Defence customers around the world. You will lead a talented development team to find innovative ways of enabling our customers to make the most of our world leading meteorological data.

You will be joining at an exciting time as we work to modernise our systems to make best use of new technologies such as AWS. You will work closely with our Architects, exploiting your outstanding technical abilities to help define our new architecture. We will help you develop your skills, express yourself and make a real impact. You will also work with and learn from other technology and science experts from the Met Office, its global Defence partners, including MOD, Nato and the US Air Force, and other highly skilled partner organisations such as Amazon.

This is a unique opportunity to work with a cutting-edge development team and the Met Office’s world leading science and technology capability to enable MOD and its key allies to gain optimum advantage and achieve operational success.

Job Purpose

As a Met Office Lead Developer, you will lead development on one or a small number of related project teams. In alignment with the DDAT Lead Developer Management role (as defined at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/software-developer), you will:

• Guide the ways in which the team works
• Be proficient in a wide range of technical systems
• Be involved in identifying appropriate technology and approaches, deciding when software should be written
• Contribute to the developer community
• Provide technical leadership, coach and mentor your team
• Promote knowledge sharing and adoption of good practice

Job Responsibilities

• Lead the delivery and optimisation of complex programs and components
• Manage, mentor and guide other staff
• Increase the quality and pace of delivery of your team by utilising a standard technology toolset to automate testing, deployment etc.
• Continually develop your own skills as part of a programme of professional development
• Work with other disciplines to understand what needs to be built
• Contribute to the creation of technology and process standards, pro-actively researching and recommending the use of technology to help the work of the department.
• Take an active role in software development events, such as daily scrums, sprint planning, refinement etc.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Extensive experience of Enterprise-grade programming in Java, Javascript, Python or a combination
2. Experience of delivering projects using Cloud services such as AWS.
3. Ability to problem solve and steer development of solutions to complex technical issues and user stories.
4. Experience of leading and mentoring a multi-disciplinary development team across geographically dispersed environments, ensuring work is done to the highest quality
5. Experience of implementing information security principals throughout the software development life cycle

Additional Supplementary Information

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK on the understanding that the post holder will be required to attend occasional meetings in Exeter when required (subject to Covid restrictions).

 

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.

Closing date 07/03/2021 with interviews expected w/c 22/03/2021

Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful. 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.

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.

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