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[Met-jobs] Weather Impacts Consultant

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Tue, 20 May 2014 08:32:07 +0000

Link to vacancy on the Met Office careers website: 
https://iframe.recruitmentplatform.com/met_office/external/details.html?nPostingID=257&nPostingTargetID=489&option=52&sort=DESC&respnr=1&ID=Q5JFK026203F3VBQB79LO8NXG&Resultsperpage=10&lg=UK&mask=metext


Weather Impacts Consultant

Location Exeter HQ
Contract type Permanent
Salary range 21675.00 - 35040.00 GBP per Year
Opening date 13-05-2014
Closing date 06-06-2014
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Salary Information
£21,675 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits, 
including Civil Service pension.
Background
Weather Analytics provide services to meet the needs of customers for expert 
advice on the impacts of weather on policy, business and the environment across 
all Met Office customer sectors. This is achieved either directly or by 
supplying our specialist analytics skills to other teams operating in the 
Applied Weather Science Deputy Directorate. The team develops and utilises 
tools based upon established science undertaken inside and outside the Met 
Office, and as such the team provides a bridge between scientific research and 
customer-facing areas of the Office. In particular the Weather Analytics team 
hold and utilise a thorough knowledge of the Met Office observational databases 
and its derivations to ensure that these data are used appropriately. A 
proportion of the team’s work involves carrying out weather sensitivity studies 
to identify links between weather data and customer statistics, and thereby 
forms the basis for valued-added future forecast services. Other work covers 
undertaking post-event analyses, developing design criteria and providing 
expert weather witness evidence.
Job Purpose
To deliver the application of scientific research of Weather Science: to 
enhance the Met Office's capability and reputation; and to improve the quality 
of its products, predictions or advice to all Met Office customer sectors.
Job Responsibilities
To apply scientific knowledge developed across Weather Science in the delivery 
of weather analytics services to all market sectors.
To carry out analytical activity, under the guidance of more senior staff, that 
meets customer needs using appropriate methods, maintaining scientific 
integrity within time and cost constraints.
To contribute to the presentation of analytical results to customers. This 
involves supplying and explaining material for inclusion in reports and 
presentations.
To embrace training and development opportunities.
To pull through weather relationships into ongoing customer services: using 
model output for planning, forecasting and contextualising purposes.
To maintain a knowledge and skill set appropriate for servicing 
hydrometeroological customer enquiries in particular.
Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
1. Degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.
2. An ability to think through physical problems from first principles and 
rationalise statistical relationships.
3. Experience of processing data within a computer application (e.g. Excel or 
R) to derive key statistics.
4. Evidence of good planning and organisational skills utilised to meet 
deadlines.
5. Engaging and confident verbal communication skills.
6. Evidence of having a customer focused work ethic.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
1. Experience in pulling through research to customer services.
2. Experience in using GIS, SQL, R, Matlab, SPSS or IDL to analyse and present 
data.
3. Python programming experience.
3. Training in hydrology or meteorology.
4. Enthusiasm for studying the impact of weather on human activities.





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