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Planning and Risk Specialist

Posted: 4 Oct 2019 Closes: 3 Dec 2019
Exeter, GB Salary starting at £30,325
Fixed term & Full time met-office/20191004085447

Salary Information:

Salary is starting at £30,325 with opportunities to increase up to £33,260 per year.

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

Whilst this secondment post is for 2 years, there is the potential for it to develop into a permanent position.


The Supercomputing Programme was set up in 2013, now a rolling programme, it is currently focused on acquiring funding, procuring and successfully implementing our next supercomputer in 2021-22, as well as delivering and measuring the identified benefits from the 2015 investment.

Job Purpose:

As a member of the Supercomputing 2020+ Programme Office team, you will be responsible for contributing to and aid the delivery of many aspects of the Programme support, including developing, maintaining, collating and reporting on various metrics and dependencies to the Programme Office, Programme Manager, Senior Responsible Owner and Sponsoring Group of the Met Office Supercomputing 2020+ Programme.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop, maintain, monitor and report of/on a robust Programme Risks & Issues log that clearly records adaptation and mitigation actions required to ensure delivery of the programme benefits, escalating issues where necessary
  • Develop, maintain, monitor and report of/on a robust Programme Plan, including tacking of dependencies, exceptions and opportunities that may impact successful delivery of the programme benefits
  • To co-ordinate reviews, audits and assurance activities and associated action tracking and follow up
  • To contribute to the development, maintenance and monitoring on all aspects of Programme Governance, including, benefits realisation plan, communication plan, and stakeholder engagement plan, including identification of delivery exceptions and opportunities that may impact successful delivery of the programme benefits
  • To build relationships and communicate with all stakeholders of the Programme to ensure that all decisions are focused on achievement of the business benefits/case
  • Maintain, collate and report on relevant metrics to provide Senior Management with a consistent, clear view of change activities to enable informed decision making.
  • Co-ordinate meetings agendas, actions and reporting, on behalf of the programme and all arrangements associated with Programme Boards

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. Must demonstrate strong evidence of their ability to "drive for delivery" through excellent communication skills that emphasise both clarity and engagement, and show a proven ability to work well as a member of a team.

2. Excellent planning and organisational skills, demonstrating the ability to prioritise and manage simultaneous tasks whilst ensuring clear analytical and problem-solving skills.

3. Proven track record of supporting or leading projects, or similar activities to deliver successful outcomes, with a strong focus on delivering to time, cost and quality.  Underpinned by excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to successfully influence customers and colleagues across all areas of the Met Office.

4. Excellent understanding and demonstrable proactive management of risk and issues.  Providing necessary management information for decision making.  

5. Proven facilitation and influencing skills.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. Passion for getting things done whilst having fun!

2. Good spreadsheet and MS project skills.

3. P3O registered practitioner.

Additional Supplementary Information:

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 27/10/2019 with interviews expected 21/11/2019. 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 post is flexible in location, but there is a large amount of face-to-face interaction required, therefore there is an expectation that you will need to spend a large proportion of your time in Exeter HQ

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, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.

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