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Observations Technician Engineer/Engineer

Posted: 1 May 2019 Closes: 19 May 2019
Belfast Starting salary £23,673 (Technician Engineer) or £30,325 (Engineer)
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20190501213215

The award winning Met Office is home to our world-class employees, among the very best in their professions. We supply weather and climate services to a variety of sectors, including the Aviation, Retail, Defence, Sport & Leisure and Utilities industries. We own and operate one of the largest Supercomputers in the world, worth in excess of £97 million. As a recognised pioneer within our sector, we lead the way in developing and providing services that are both cutting edge and highly functional; we even work with the likes of NASA!


The award winning Met Office is home to our world-class employees, among the very best in their professions. We supply weather and climate services to a variety of sectors, including the Aviation, Retail, Defence, Sport & Leisure and Utilities industries. We own and operate one of the largest Supercomputers in the world, worth in excess of £97 million. As a recognised pioneer within our sector, we lead the way in developing and providing services that are both cutting edge and highly functional; we even work with the likes of NASA!

Observations are fundamental to almost all the services the Met Office provides; direct data and products, NWP and other models, verification of forecasts, basis for many weather/climate related consultancy services, and for providing evidence of climate change.

There is an increasing demand for more observational data and new and innovative ways of meeting the customer requirements for data. There is also an increasing need to exploit and develop the expertise within the programme to deliver direct business benefit (e.g. consultancy advice or designing and developing observational networks for other organisations). 

The Met Office Engineering Teams install, maintain and service UK-wide, (and occasionally overseas) observing networks.

Our engineers use their electronic, electrical and mechanical skills to install or provide field support of observing systems. Within our Field Service Engineering Team (FSE) you will be joining a team who have responsibility for ensuring our systems continue to supply the high quality data required to produce our products and services. You will have the opportunity to work on a 24/7 on-call roster, which attracts additional allowances. On joining FSE you will be given all of the training required to work on these new and existing systems as well as having the opportunity to use and develop your existing skills and knowledge.

The Benefits 

• 27.5 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 32.5 days after fiver years service)
• One of the most generous occupational pension schemes on the market
• Corporate Performance Pay available for all employees
• We encourage career development and even have a the Met Office College based at our Exeter HQ, for training
• Flexible working is available to promote work/life balance
• Cycle to work scheme

Job Purpose

Support (Technician)/Drive (Engineer) the delivery of operational engineering outputs that enhance the Met Office’s capability and reputation, and to maintain standards and improve the quality of its products, services and engineering advice to customers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the development of (Technician) / develop (Engineer) work plans, including identification of improvements to systems, capabilities and/or processes.
  • Use existing and emerging engineering practice to support the delivery of the work plans (Technician) / drive the delivery of the work plans (Engineer), which repair, maintain or improve Met Office observing systems and products and provide advice and services for the benefit of customers.
  • Contribute to the generation and presentation of documentation and reports internally and externally in order to meet the needs of the customer and Met Office including, maintaining capability, integrity, standards; communicating advice and knowledge, and/or promoting reputation.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to improve the effectiveness of the team.
  • Carry out continuing professional development in line with current and future needs of the Met Office.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. NVQ Level 4 or higher in Engineering, Electrical or Electronic Environment or equivalent qualification and/or experience.
  2. Possess a valid driving licence and be prepared to drive official vehicles; Engineers require Colour Perception CP2 or better to drive vehicles on airports or ports.
  3. Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of all aspects of the maintenance and repair of electronic and/or electrical instrumentation.
  4. Evidence of a flexible approach to meeting work requirements with the ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team, including being prepared to work away from home as required to meet business requirement.
  5. Evidence of sound oral and written communication skills that allow effective communication of engineering concepts to people with technical and non-technical backgrounds.
  6. Be prepared to work at heights of up to 25m (working at height training will be provided) and demonstrate a working knowledge of Health & Safety legislation.
  7. Membership of a Professional Engineering body such as the IET or willing to work towards gaining professional recognition and able to demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development (CPD).

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Evidence of mechanical engineering skills.
  2. Understanding of the principles of ITIL.
  3. Working knowledge of test and inspection software.

Additional Supplementary Information

To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below to complete the online application form. 

Key Dates: Closing date 19/05/2019 with interviews expected shortly after. 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.

For operational reasons this post will be based in Belfast.

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.

Allowances

The role of Engineer also attracts a Market Recruitment and Retention Allowance of £2,500 pa.

There might be a 24/7 on-call rota which will attract additional allowances. This will be discussed at interview.

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