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Graduate Trainee (Science, Numerical, Technical)

Posted: 24 Jun 2019 Closes: 31 Jul 2019
Exeter, GB Starting at £20,250
Fixed term & Full time met-office/20190624154225

Salary Information:

£20,250 per annum (year 1) rising to £21,008 per annum (year 2). Excellent Benefits

Please note this is a fixed two year appointment. Salaries effective as of 1 April 2019

The starting date of this vacancy is flexible; however, we are aiming for a start date of Autumn 2019.


Background:

Here at the Met Office, we’re proud to be a world-leader in forecasting. Using a range of numerical weather prediction models, we’re able to not only produce the latest weather forecasts, but also deliver a wide range of cutting-edge products to customers all over the world. The focus of the Business Group, our commercial area, is to use of our world-leading weather and climate science to ensure our customers are able to make the best possible use of forecast information in their decision making. We work with our customers to understand the challenges they are facing and develop and deliver bespoke services to solve these critical industry problems. We are looking to recruit into our Graduate Scheme within this area to work with our teams on using weather and climate science to answer real industry problems.

You will develop an understanding of industry and customer needs and combine this with your relevant scientific or technical background to complete the scientific analysis to deliver projects. You will work across a range of sectors, such as energy, transport and infrastructure and you will work in a multidisciplinary environment undertaking projects with both science and business teams allowing you to develop multi-disciplinary skills and get a real insight into the delivery of science to industry across all stages of the process. This will give you an opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt at university and an excellent foundation for your future career.

But why work for us? Through world-leading science and cutting-edge technology, through enthusiasm and idea generation, we collaborate to challenge the ordinary because we believe in the best. The best for our customers and the best for your career. It’s a career where you’ll be challenged, developed and fascinated; a career where your work will make a valuable contribution to the bigger picture. A career to be proud of.

We’re constantly moving forwards, looking to optimise our abilities. Which is why, joining us, we’ll invest in your development to help you be the very best you can be. Our award-winning Headquarters in Exeter is home to amazing facilities and world-class employees, this is the place to work in the South West. There are plenty of benefits too, including:

  • Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (+ Bank Holidays).
  • Flexible working hours to promote work/life balance.
  • A choice of pension schemes, so you can plan for your future.
  • ‘Cycle to work’ scheme to enable affordable, healthy travel.
  • Onsite modern, fully functional gym + classes.
  • Met Office Sports and Social Association clubs and events.


Job Purpose:

You will work with science and business teams across our Business Group on the development and delivery of science to industry. The graduate scheme is a structured programme where you will undertake a range of real projects working with experts from across the organisation to build your skills and experience. The first year your projects will be selected to give you a broad range of experiences to ensure you get an opportunity to see the breadth of the work we do and in the second year you will be able to help shape the direction of your projects based on your skills and interests within our business requirements. Your personal development is important to us, you will have the opportunity to undertake both formal and on the job training, you will be buddied with a Graduate who has come through the scheme, you will work with a broad range of people to understand the wide variety of work undertaken at the Met Office and will work on the real pull through of science to services.


Job Responsibilities:

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has a scientific or technical background who is passionate about the transformation of these expertise into products and services that solve customer challenges from across industry. The role of a Graduate within our Business Group is varied, and you will work with other Graduates also on the scheme who may come from a wide range of backgrounds. As a Graduate coming in with a science or technical background some of your responsibilities will include:

  • To support and carry out the scientific activities required to ensure the timely delivery of agreed project outputs for the benefit of customers.
  • To develop an understanding of customers that assists you to contribute to the planning of your projects.
  • To contribute to the presentation and documentation of your projects’ work to communicate advice and maintain our scientific capability and integrity and to promote our reputation.
  • To actively engage in a wide range of projects and to develop the skills required to further your career.


Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

To become a Graduate on our Graduate Scheme you will need to be someone who:

  1. Has graduated from a degree in either maths, physics, computer science or other relevant subject, e.g. engineering, meteorology. We are particularly interested in hearing from those with a joint honours combining business with a science discipline.
  2. Is keen to learn and build new and varied skills across multiple disciplines of the Met Office.
  3. Is a strong team player with the ability to work as a productive member of a team to deliver projects.
  4. Has the ability to drive and progress projects and tasks with a focus on results.
  5. Understands and appreciates customer needs.
  6. Is passionate about the application of science to provide solutions for industry.
  7. Has excellent written and oral communication skills.
  8. Can work with and analyse data with a strong aptitude for research.


Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

In addition, desirably you would also be someone who can also demonstrate:

  1. Familiarity with a programming language (preferably Python) and able to understand written code to make simple modifications
  2. Have previous work experience in a relevant field


Additional Supplementary Information:

This is a Fixed Term Appointment for the period of 2 years. The starting date of this vacancy is flexible; however, we are aiming for a start date of Autumn 2019.

To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below. When completing our online application form, please fill out all sections of the application making sure to give as much evidence as possible against the skills required.  Please ensure you provide specific examples and include the context, action and result – often referred to as the CAR or STAR approach. For example,

‘ I am a great communicator’ will attract a poor score against a criteria focused on communication;

‘ I was required to deliver a presentation at a school parents evening to promote the school to new pupils and parents. To do this, I considered what information the audience might require and recalled what I would have found useful before joining. I prepared a short deck of powerpoint slides and also thought through answers to any additional questions that might come up. This resulted in three of the parents thanking me for the information and the Head of Six Form asking me to repeat the presentation at the September induction week as well as produce a written report for wider circulation,’ This answer covers the a relevant situation or context, the personal action taken and the resulting action, and will attract a strong score when the application is sifted.   

Closing date 31/07/2019 with interviews expected W/C 19/08/2019. 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. 

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK. We are open to this job being performed  with different working patterns (e.g. part-time, job share), if this is of interest to you please discuss at interview.

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.

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