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Technical Team Leader

Posted: 9 Oct 2019 Closes: 27 Oct 2019
Exeter, GB plus a Recruitment and Retention Allowance of £2,250 pa and a Discretionary long term incentive plan of £3,750 (subject to periodical
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20191009102057


Our Technology Defence team is growing, and we are looking to attract 8 new team members in the next year. The Met Office has a long history of supporting the Defence sector and the Ministry of Defence remain a core customer. We have a range of Technology products that utilise our weather science to produce innovative, Defence specific forecasts, that support operational decision-making and safety. As the Technical Lead, you will be responsible for managing an agile team that develops Defence products to customer requirements.

The Technical Lead is a pivotal role here at the Met Office, and we believe that successful development needs outstanding technical direction. To make sure that we continue to deliver world class weather products, we are looking for inspirational technical team members to help us to build the right things, in the right way. You have the opportunity to advance your career here by working with us to develop cutting-edge weather solutions hosted on the cloud, developing your own technical team, and utilising the array of training available to you.

We are recruiting 2 Technical Leads for the Technology Defence team in this campaign. Technical Lead A will be managing a team focused on delivery of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web services  to Defence customers. Technical Lead B will be managing a team focused on data and hosting services provision to Defence, as well as supporting external military interoperability testing exercises. You may apply to this advert for either role; please demonstrate your relevant experience relating to one of these roles in your application.

The award-winning Met Office Headquarters in Exeter is home to fantastic facilities and world-class employees. Innovative and cutting-edge (we work with the likes of NASA), this is the place to work in the South West. Some of the benefits we provide include:

  • One of the most generous occupational pension schemes on the market
  • Corporate Performance Pay available for all permanent employees
  • Annual performance-related pay bonus and pay rise
  • Access to onsite Gym, open 24/7
  • Genuine career development – we even have an onsite college for training
  • Flexible working to help you to manage your work/life balance
  • Free car park, excellent access to public transport and a cycle to work scheme

Job Purpose:

You will provide guidance across a range of Defence projects, managing your team and the responsibilities of an external supplier. You will coordinate design sessions, review the work of others and providing coaching and mentoring for team members. You will develop a good understanding of your Defence products and will influence design and development.

You will work closely with the Solutions Architect to design and implement updated Architecture across Met Office Defence and work collaboratively with your peers in the engineering community, building relationships and sharing your knowledge and the work of your team. Finally, you may represent the Met Office at national and international workshops and conferences, collaborating with our Defence partners.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage internal and/or external teams to provide secure, efficient and cost-effective solutions that meet the needs of our users.
  • Fully engage in the software development process and other technical tasks.
  • Apply and continuously improve the team’s engineering principles and best practices.
  • Play a leadership role within the Met Office’s development community, contributing ideas and expertise and sharing knowledge across development areas.
  • Maintain a good awareness of the work being carried out by an external supplier.
  • Represent the Met Office at national and international conferences and workshops.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Experience of providing effective leadership to software development teams including support for mentoring, upskilling and the well-being of the team.
  2. Knowledge of designing and developing solutions with an emphasis on using cloud technologies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  3. Experience of the full software development lifecycle in an enterprise environment (e.g. – Architecture, Design, Development, Testing, Deployment, Support).
  4. Excellent communication (verbal, written & presentation) skills. Capable of clearly presenting your solutions and proposals to customers, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  5. Experiences of working in an Agile environment.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

Ideally some of the following:

  1. One or more AWS certifications: Solutions Architect, Developer or SysOps.
  2. Certified Scrum Master or equivalent.
  3. Experience of IBL’s Visual Weather and OGC Services.
  4. Experience of containerisation technologies, such as Docker.
  5. Experience of working with external suppliers.
  6. Experience or interest of working in Defence.

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

For operational reasons this post will be based in Exeter. 

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 during their probationary period.

Key Dates: Closing date 27/10/2019 with interviews  05/11/2019. 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.

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.

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.

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