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Technical Lead (Python)

Company Met Office Location Devon
Contract Permanent Position Salary 34830 - 40352 GBP per Year
Sector(s) Science

Job Description


It is an incredibly exciting time to work at the Met Office. We are an internationally renowned centre of excellence and a world-leading provider of weather and climate services paired with our cutting edge technology. We have customers all over the world and are at the forefront of computer science. We have amazing technology and tools, including one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Your technical skills will help us grow and become even more successful. Working with other technical experts, you will impact technology projects that will help organisations across the world to operate safely and successfully. In addition, you’ll be building a rewarding career at every step of the way. 
Our training is second to none and you will be encouraged to engage in a thriving Communities of Practice – we have a world-class reputation and we need our people to be the best.

The award-winning Met Office Headquarters in Exeter is home to the most amazing facilities and world-class employees. Innovative and cutting-edge, this is the place to work in the South West. All employees will receive the following benefits upon joining:

  • Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (+ Bank holidays) rising to 32.5 days. 
  • Flexible working hours to promote work/life balance. 
  • A choice of pension schemes, so you can plan for your future. 
  • Extensive career development.
  • ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme to enable affordable, healthy travel.
  • Free car park for those living a bit further away. 
  • Onsite modern, fully functional gym + classes.
  • Many more benefits including healthcare plans and childcare schemes.


Job Purpose

This role is within the Analysis, Visualisation and Data (AVD) team, who are responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting the scientific visualisation and analysis software used in research and operations in the Met Office. 

We mainly work in the public domain, owning the SciTools project on GitHub and contributing to a range of open source projects. The primary programming language we use is Python, with libraries in a variety of languages contributing to the capabilities we provide.

We are evolving our tool sets to provide capabilities to the scientific research and operational meteorology communities. These capabilities are part of the Met Office making best use of our supercomputer to work at the forefront of weather and climate science for protection, prosperity and well-being.

We will help you develop your skills, express yourself and make a real impact. 

This is a unique opportunity to work with a cutting-edge development team that is creating vital tools on which Met Office science depends.


Job Responsibilities

We want you to get involved in:

  • Managing and contributing to developing new software capabilities within existing SciTools libraries.
  • Managing a team of developers that provide both support and development of SciTools.
  • Lead the direction of SciTools on consultation with Experts Developers
  • Work with Stakeholders to ensure open communication and clear direction
  • Participate in Community of Practice (Guilds)


Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
  1. Proven ability of providing effective leadership including support for mentoring, upskilling, well-being and line management of the team.
  2. Able to work under broad direction establishing own milestones, team goals and delegate assignments
  3. Excellent communication skills that adapt to all level of stakeholders.
  4. Visionary approach to providing software solutions to abstract problems
  5. Demonstrable experience of programming, ideally in Python

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