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Solutions Delivery - Geospatial Applications Developer / Analyst Language: UK

Posted: 5 Aug 2019 Closes: 24 Aug 2019
Exeter, GB Plus a discretionary Market Supplement value of £1,125 from 01/09/2019 and a discretionary long-term incentive plan of £2,000 (subject to periodical review).
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20190805141228


The award-winning Met Office Headquarters in Exeter is home to amazing facilities and world-class employees. Innovative and cutting-edge (we work with the likes of AWS and NASA), this is the place to work in the South West. Our training is second to none – we have a world-class reputation and we need our people to be the best.

Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited. The Met Office is an equal employer and flexible and UK homeworking requests will be considered within operational requirements. There will be a requirement for staff to attend training and induction in Exeter initially

Personal Benefits include flexible working, generous leave allowance, free parking, free tea and coffee. There are numerous clubs and activities, a restaurant, cafe and a gym on-site.

Job Purpose:

A developer/analyst within the Geospatial Applications Team has a key role to play in the future of Met Office Weather services and our Big Data Challenge.

The team specialises in utilising the best third party technologies available to the Meteorological and Tech community, developing and configuring them to provide services for both our internal and external customers.

We're Agile. We run Kanban and Scrum projects. We encourage and embrace collaborative working across the organisation, customers and suppliers.

We develop tools that our incredibly skilled Meteorologists use to forecast the weather. 

We're moving to the Cloud. So we'll help you develop your skills so you are ready to access and use the best resources and knowledge Amazon Web Services has to offer.

You'll join the team in exciting and challenging projects at the same time learning more about how the Met Office data flows from our Supercomputer to forecasters, our App and an ever increasing number of data hungry customers.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work within the Agile team liaising with Scientists, Meteorologists and Business to translate customer requirements into new Meteorological or GIS services.
  • Learn how to develop capabilities on both traditional, on-premise IT systems and Amazon Web Services, and become AWS Certified!
  • Share your knowledge and experience and learn collaboratively through our wide ranging and empowered technology "Communities of Practice".
  • A key aspect of this work will be to support the services we develop, so customer facing skills are essential.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. A qualification in an IT, scientific, geographical, meteorological or maths discipline.
2. Experience of Geospatial technologies/standards, such as ArcGIS and QGIS, ArcGIS Online/Enterprise QGIS, Visual Weather and OGC Web services. 
2. Problem solving skills, able to pick up new technologies quickly.
3. The ability to work individually and participate effectively in a team environment.
4. An understanding of software development and an enthusiasm for working in IT.
5. The ability to communicate effectively with the team and with customers to progress work and deliver results.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. Programming experience, preferably Python, Java or Javascript. 
2. An understanding of Agile software development methodologies.
3. Experience of version control software, such as Git and tasking tools like JIRA.
4. Leadership, people skills and evidence of mentoring colleagues.

Additional Supplementary Information:

For operational reasons this post will be based in Exeter.

Have you had a few years away from software development or software engineering but keen to return? Whether you have been caring, travelling the world or been in the forces, if you’re looking to return to a fulfilling career in IT, the Met Office is fully committed to supporting you. We will provide a programme of training, mentoring and resources to help update your technical skills and become a fully-contributing engineer.

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. Guidance on writing your CV and covering letter is available on Comet.

Key Dates: Closing date 24/08/2019 with interviews commencing 06/09/2019. 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.

Candidates who are interviewed and appointable apply may be considered for other similar technology and software engineering posts available in the Met Office during the next 6 months.

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.

This post requires you to gain full security clearance due to the nature of the role. Therefore, in order obtain full clearance you will need to have lived at the same address in the UK for 2 years out of the last 5 years, or lived in the UK for 3 out of the last 5 years if you have lived at various addresses.

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