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[Met-jobs] Radar Products Team Leader - Met Office, UK

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:05:47 +0000

Radar Products Team Leader

Salary: Starting £38,335 and for exceptional candidates up to £44,880 + 
competitive benefits, including Civil Service Pension

Generic role: Scientific Manager

Profession: Science and Engineering
Permanent. Full time at Met Office, Exeter

Opening date for applications: 25 June 2013
Closing date for applications: 8 July 2013

Background information
Observations are fundamental to almost all the services the Met Office provides 
- as direct data and products; for initialising Numerical Weather Prediction 
(NWP) and other models; for verification of forecasts; as the basis for many 
weather/climate related consultancy services; and for providing fundamental 
underpinning of the Climate 

Research programme.
There is an increasing demand for more observational data and new and 
innovative ways of meeting the customer requirements for data. There is also an 
increasing need to exploit and develop the expertise within the Programme to 
deliver direct business benefit (e.g. consultancy advice or designing and 
developing observational networks for other organisations).

The UK weather radar network underpins critical operational services provided 
by stakeholders, e.g. the public flood warning services provided by the 
Environment Agency of England and Wales, and the new Met Office Extreme 
Rainfall Alert Service. Increasingly, the data are also being used in NWP to 
assist in the forecasting of high-impact weather. The Radar Products Research 
and Development (R&D) Team is responsible for scientific development of radar 
products (principally rainfall and winds) to improve their quality, resolution 
and utility.

Specific job purpose
Manage a team of five scientists working on radar projects, including 
collaborations with the Environment Agency of England and Wales, and 
Specific job responsibilities
·         Lead and motivate team members to ensure they maintain and develop 
the skills and competencies to support the radar R&D Programme.
·         Provide scientific direction to Radar product research and 
development, taking into account customer needs and opportunities.
·         Provide expert technical and scientific advice to projects.
·         Act as project executive for major development projects, assigning 
team members to projects and assisting project managers with day-to-day 
management of workflow and priorities.
·         Actively promote the work of the team, (e.g. through publications in 
scientific literature) support the business programs in development of 
consultancy and other development opportunities.
·         Maintain and develop collaborative partnerships with other government 
agencies and academic institutions.

Qualifications, skills and abilities required
·         A degree in a physical science (2:1 or above).
·         Evidence of scientific innovation and critical data analysis which 
has provided unique insight.
·         A good understanding of the principles of remote sensing of the 
·         Experience of leading development of data processing systems.
·         Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills, 
including peer reviewed scientific publications.
·         Proven ability to develop and motivate a team.
·         Experience of collaborative working with academic institutions, 
customers or stakeholders.
·         PhD in a relevant field, or equivalent post-graduate research 
·         Knowledge of radar meteorology, cloud physics, or hydrology.
·         Experience of scientific analysis of observational data.
·         Experience of scientific team leadership.

Additional supplementary information
Observations R&D is responsible for the development of a wide range of in-situ 
and remote sensing systems. There may be opportunities to gain experience on a 
wide range of systems over time.

Application forms and further information
Please mark your request or returned application form: Radar Products Team 
Leader 002785 P
Please complete this form (using Adobe Reader 9 or above). You can save the 
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[Application form]Download application form (PDF, 199 kB) 
[Guidance notes]Guidance notes and information for applicants (PDF, 57 kB) 
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email will be returned to you immediately. If you have not received an email 
within 48 hours then please contact us.

Alternatively, you can call or write to:
HR Customer Services
Met Office
FitzRoy Road
Tel: 01392 885000

We are unable to reply to each applicant individually. If you have had no 
response from us within four weeks of the closing date please assume you have 
been unsuccessful. If you meet the sift criteria but have applied more than 
three times for the same or similar job within the last two years, it will be 
up to the recruiting manager's discretion whether to offer you an interview.

Nationality and residency requirements
All successful applicants offered conditional employment at the Met Office are 
required to undertake national security vetting. Usually successful applicants 
can start after satisfactory initial security vetting (whilst full national 
security vetting is undertaken), but for a small number of posts a higher level 
of vetting is needed. If you do not have five years' continuous UK residency 
this may take longer and we may have to reconsider your application if there 
are delays in the security procedure.
Please note that nationality and residency restrictions of this kind are common 
with all UK Civil Service departments and Executive Agencies. For further 
guidance see the UK Border Agency's Working in the 
UK<> website.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled applicants
To widen the pool of candidates we guarantee an interview to disabled 
applicants who meet the published minimum criteria for the job.
To qualify for a guaranteed interview, you do not have to be registered as a 
disabled person but you must have a disability or long-term health condition 
that puts you at a substantial disadvantage in either obtaining or keeping 
employment. The disability must be likely to last for at least 12 months.
To apply for a guaranteed interview, please complete the appropriate section of 
the application form. When appropriate, you should provide details of any 
particular arrangements you will require for the interview, e.g. car parking, 
speech facilitator.
Any false declaration of disability to obtain an interview may invalidate any 
resultant contract of employment.

Priority status for staff in the Civil Service Surplus Talent Pool
If you are an existing Civil Servant and have applied through the CS Vacs 
website, your application will be given priority status, in that your 
application will be assessed for suitability before other applications are 
entertained. Surplus staff should provide a letter from their HR department 
confirming this status and attach it to their application form.

Civil Service Recruitment Principles
The Met Office's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of 
selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as 
outlined in the Civil Service Commission Recruitment 
 If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the 
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the<> mailbox or 
telephone 01392 885000 in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the 
response you receive from the Met Office, contact the Office of the Civil 
Service Commissioners.

Commitment to diversity
The Met Office values diversity and recruits on merit.

Benefits and facilities
Employees can join the Civil Service Pension Scheme called 'Nuvos', a defined 
benefit scheme which both you and the Met Office contribute to. You also have 
the option to join a partnership scheme where the employer can contribute and 
you can contribute if you wish. For more details please see the Civil Service 
Pensions website<> .
·         Annual Leave allowance of 25 days (plus 8 days public holiday and 2½ 
privilege days taken at fixed times during the year).
·         Training opportunities, performance-related pay and access to the Met 
Office sports and social club.
·         The potential to work in different areas within the same 
organisation, but note that employees are expected to complete 24 months in 
post before applying for alternative posts within the Met Office.

Starting salaries
The pay range is stated at the top of the job description. Entry to the Met 
Office is normally at the pay range minimum.

Unless stated in the job advert and job description, financial support is not 
available for candidates to move to the job location.

Payment of interview expenses
Candidates invited for interview will only be paid expenses if stated in the 
invite to interview letter.

Appointed staff will normally have a full mobility clause written into their 
employment contract. A small number of roles have a limited mobility obligation.

Further information is available

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