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Lerwick Observatory Operational Meteorological Analyst

Posted: 13 Feb 2020 Closes: 1 Mar 2020
Lerwick, GB Salary starting at £23,673
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20200213140952

Salary will start at £23,673with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £26,119 plus unsocial hours allowance.


The Upper Air & Remote Sensing (UARS) Team is responsible for managing the operational delivery of a number of Observations networks, including Weather Radar, Radiosondes, Volcanic Ash Lidar and ATD (lightning detection). The team is spread across 4 locations – Exeter, Camborne, Edinburgh and Lerwick.

Established in 1919, the Lerwick Observatory carries out systematic surface and upper-air observations and is one of two manual climate radiosonde sites in the UK. The new purpose built Observatory is equipped to provide round the clock observations of the weather in the immediate area as well as quality monitoring of a further 150 automated observation sites across the UK. Through these monitoring and observing tasks, the station makes a valuable contribution to the UK and Global Observing Systems, as well as supporting British Geological Survey through the collection of seismology and geomagnetic observations since 1922.

Lerwick Observatory is currently run as a 24/7 site, and as such the job holder is expected to work on the standard station shift roster.


Additional Supplementary Information:

This post enables the individual to gain a good grounding in the processes and systems that would be beneficial for anyone wishing to pursue a career within the Observations Group. In particular, this post will give the individual the skills and experience that are required to be successful in the role of Observations Network Specialist.


Lerwick Observatory is a shift working station. As such, there will be periods of lone and night time working.


You may also be eligible to claim relocation costs of up to £5,000.


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 01/03/2020 with interviews expected W/C 16/03/2020. 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. 


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.


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.

Job Purpose:

Undertake the agreed Observing activities and monitor observing network performance to efficiently and effectively meet customer and Met Office requirements. Support the Lerwick Station Manager in the routine running of the Observatory, and assist the wider UARS and Observations team in the delivery of Operational services.

Job Responsibilities:

Monitor the performance of operational observing systems taking corrective action where required to ensure networks meet quality and availability levels required by customers, providing advice and information to users of the data on the status of the networks and the details of the observing systems.

Develop technical knowledge of observing systems in conjunction with Network Specialists within the wider UARS & Surface Observing team, to act as source of advice to system operators.

Work alongside other members of the Observations team, Operations Centre and Engineers top ensure the delivery of operational services, and the timely resolution of incidents, providing advice and information to those teams when required.

Coordinate and contribute to the updating of documentation of observing processes and practices, working with Network Specialists, the Station Manager and Network Managers to develop processes and procedures in order to ensure optimum efficiency in service delivery.

Support the Station Manager in the effective running of the Observatory – including undertaking delegated tasks and the mentoring and training of new staff.

Maintain and support the relationships of the stations stakeholders, 3rd party suppliers and 3rd party visits. Acting as the point of contact for the Observatory during periods of lone working.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

Degree level qualification or equivalent in a science, engineering or IT related subject or able to demonstrate relevant experience.

Ability to analyse a problem and identify root cause.

Evidence of working as part of a multi-skilled team to deliver multiple customer requirements to varying timescales and deadlines.

Ability to prioritise work from a range of customers and deal with critical situations in a structured manner.

Ability to communicate technical information clearly and concisely to a range of customers who have varying levels of technical understanding.

Knowledge of observing instruments/networks/systems.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

A broad knowledge of observing systems, the scientific principles behind the measurements and the characteristics of the observational data.

Experience of working in an operational environment, meeting delivery deadlines and working to strict deadlines and schedules.

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