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Senior Software Developer

Posted: 24 Sep 2020 Closes: 18 Oct 2020
Exeter, GB Salary starting at £30,325
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20200924100909

Salary will start at £30,325 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260 plus a discretionary Market Supplement value of £1,125 and a discretionary long-term incentive plan of £2,300 (subject to periodical review).


As the world becomes more aware of climate change the need for an organisation that brings together the best meteorologists, climatologists and technologists to rise to the challenge has never been greater. If you are the kind of person who wants to make a difference, then we’d like you to become part of this world class team. 

We’re the Met Office. The UK national meteorological service and we are looking for a Senior Developer to help one of our teams to deliver new and exciting solutions.  We’re particularly supportive of those who may be returning to work after a break, or who may be looking to relocate. Our edge of Exeter location is appealing for its proximity to some of the best countryside and beaches in the UK, and we are willing to offer flexible working arrangements where required. We’re a committed equal opportunities employer with an accessible workplace and adaptable tooling. 

We offer a great package, which includes: 

  • A competitive salary
  • Highly competitive contributory Civil Service Pension
  • Personalised training, aligned to your needs and aspirations
  • Flexible hours and homeworking
  • Up to 35.5 days leave per year on appointment, including bank holidays – with the option to purchase up to 5 more days if required

Once you are on board, your team leader will build a training programme for you from the outset, be that through classroom training, e-learning, mentoring, coaching or a combination. All designed to equip you with the skills to help us to fulfil our global mission.  

Are you ready to be part of the team?  If so, to apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below. 


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.

Key Dates: Closing date 18/10/2020 with interviews expected W/C 02/11/2020. 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.

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.

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK.

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:

As part of the Solutions Delivery team, aligned to the Met Office Business Group team, you will deliver and integrate software to form a complete service. Providing valuable weather and climate information and services for industry decision makers so they can operate safely, efficiently and successfully. This includes providing the forecasts for half of the world’s commercial aircraft.

You will:

  • plan and lead development on sets of related stories
  • have an understanding of the whole system and take responsibility for teaching this to others
  • work with other disciplines to understand what needs to be built
  • coach and mentor more junior colleagues
  • operate the production services you build
  • find ways to improve system robustness, resilience and stability

Job Responsibilities:

  • Designs, codes, tests and documents software solutions, and provides application support for the production services they build.
  • Increases the quality and pace of delivery of their team by utilising a standard technology toolset to automate testing, deployment etc.
  • Takes an active role in software development events, such as daily scrums, sprint planning, refinement etc.
  • Works with other disciplines to understand what needs to be built
  • Manages, mentors and guides other staff. Involvement in relevant Communities of Practice.
  • Contributes to the creation of technology and process standards, pro-actively researching and recommending the use of technology to help the work of the department
  • Continually develops own skills as part of a programme of professional development

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Proven ability of delivering robust code (Python, Java or full stack web) across a good number of software projects;
  2. Demonstrable experience of Test Driven Development;
  3. Demonstrable experience of designing and developing solutions for Cloud environments;
  4. Excellent communication skills with the ability to present complex technical subjects to architects, developers and other Met Office colleagues.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Experience working with geospatial data, standards and systems;
  2. Experience working with agile methodologies;
  3. Experience of automating software deployments using Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment.

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