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Senior Engineer - SurfaceNet Rollout

Posted: 26 Nov 2020 Closes: 25 Jan 2021
Exeter, GB Salary to start at £36,684
Fixed term & Full time met-office/20201126113609


The observations area of the Met Office is rolling out a new observing system for land based automatic weather stations. The new system is called SurfaceNet and involves the upgrade of Campbell Scientific loggers at the automatic weather stations in the UK and at some overseas locations. The loggers interface with the meteorological instruments, log the readings, and then pass the information to the central processing systems (hosted in the cloud). In most cases the work on site will also include the upgrade of the comms link to ip comms by use of ip line-drivers, wireless radios or 4G modems.

Job Purpose:

To lead and manage the installation of logger upgrades and comms links at current automatic weather station sites to ensure the sites are ready for transition to the next generation observing system.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Build and test solution prior to installation and prepare documentation and installation instructions as required.
  • Attend sites to undertake site surveys as required and produce full documentation as required by the project team(s) following the survey.
  • Lead the one of the engineering installation teams in resolving any equipment or communication faults / problems with these new systems so that transition delivery targets are met.
  • Carry out root cause analysis of any issues and feeding back to the wider project delivery team suggestions to improve the methodology for the remainder of the installs.
  • Ensure engineers follow best practice processes and procedures, and complete post installation admin to enable effective management of assets and records.

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. Proven experience in leading and influencing the development of work plans, including identification of improvements to systems, capabilities and/or process. This is likely to involve root cause analysis of install issues to suggest appropriate changes to future methodology.
  4. Proven experience in using existing and emerging engineering practice to lead the delivery of the work plans, providing engineering advice to other team members. Experience of leading a small team of engineers.
  5. Proven experience in leading and managing the generation and presentation of documentation and reports in order to meet the needs of the customer and Met Office including; maintaining capability, integrity, standards; and/or communicating advice and knowledge.
  6. Proven ability in the installation and testing of Campbell Scientific loggers, or equivalent experience with similar technology.
  7. Experience / or detailed knowledge of the installation and testing of ip line-drivers, bullet radios or equivalent experience with similar technology.
  8. Membership of a Professional Engineering body such as the IET and able to demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development (CPD).

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Experience of Met Office AWS sites
  2. Experience of working with comms infrastructure at MOD sites
  3. Experience of a range of meteorological instruments/sensors

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below.

Key Dates: Closing date 20/12/2020 with interviews expected W/C 11/01/2021. 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. 

At present, all interviews will take place remotely via Skype.

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 Exeter HQ.

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

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, but applicants not meeting thiscriteria may be considered.

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