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Date Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:28:31 +0000

Copernicus Marine Projects Coordinator (CM00118)

Scientific manager role

Salary Information

£39,102 and for exceptional candidates up to £44,880 + competitive benefits including Civil Service Pension


The Ocean Forecasting Research & Development (OFR&D) group develop, evaluate, maintain and support a range of operational ocean and wave models. The group is responsible for the science behind the reanalyses and the forecasts produced by the Met Office for the world's oceans and regional seas. Increasingly, the OFR&D group are working on coupled Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) systems to investigate coupled ocean-atmosphere forecasting on weather timescales. The group creates products which are central to the EU MyOcean Marine Service and also support Naval operations.

The Met Office expect to be a significant contributor to the Copernicus Marine Service, the operational continuation of the EU MyOcean Marine Service, through coupled Global model forecasts and SST/Sea Ice analyses and through the provision of forecast and reanalysis services for the North-West European Continental Shelf.

Job Purpose

Due to the size and importance of the Copernicus Marine Service to the Met Office there is a need for someone to coordinate the Met Office activities in Copernicus Marine projects.

The project involves partners from a number of different countries and so this will require coordination both between staff in the Met Office, primarily in Science but also including TIS and other areas, and external partners. It will also require the post-holder to engage with the Delegated Authority for the Marine Service (Mercator-Ocean), the developers of the technical delivery solution and with other parts of the Copernicus Marine Service

As well as coordinating the overall Met Office contribution to Copernicus Marine, the post-holder will also lead the Copernicus Marine North-West Shelf (NWS) project (which includes a number of UK and international partners) and lead a small team to undertake the operational transitions of the Forecasting Ocean Assimilation Model (FOAM) configurations for shelf seas. Offers will be made subject to successful tendering for the Copernicus Marine NWS MFC; given the Met Office has led the NWS MFC since its inception in 2009 we are optimistic that our tender will be successful.

Job Responsibilities

Coordinate the Copernicus Marine NWS project to ensure the Copernicus NWS Marine Environment Service delivers robust operational forecasting as contractually agreed.

Coordinate the operational upgrades for the FOAM shelf models with customers (primarily Copernicus and the Navy), the Working Group for the Operational Suite (WGOS) and the system development teams.

Line manage staff responsible for the FOAM shelf model upgrades and operational support.

Support the activities in other Met Office Copernicus Marine operational services, including particularly the Global Coupled and OSTIA reanalysis, analysis and forecasting including coordinating, and contribute where appropriate, to system design and review documentation.

Foster engagement within and outside the Met Office to identify priorities and dependencies and enable the routine development and delivery of the Copernicus Marine operational services.

Engage with key stakeholders including Copernicus Marine users and providers of other Copernicus Marine Services to ensure thorough insight into the project requirement and to maximise Met Office benefit from the Copernicus Marine Projects.

Liaise with Met Office Climate scientists involved in components of the Copernicus Climate Change Service relevant to ocean and marine climate data records and climate re-analyses.

Lead on engagement with the EC’s Delegated Authority on the Copernicus Marine Service (Mercator-Ocean) in all issues related to the day-to-day running and short-term planning of the Met Office contribution to the Marine Service.

Support the Head of Ocean Forecasting in planning the strategic direction of the Copernicus Marine activities.

Coordinate involvement of Met Office staff at Copernicus Marine events to ensure representation is appropriate and well supported.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Good first degree (UK 2:1 or above) in a mathematically or physically based science.
2. An understanding of the science and technical challenges associated with producing an operational forecast.
3. Experience in service delivery in an operational environment.
4. Experience leading scientific/service delivery projects.
5. A willingness to travel frequently in Europe.
6. Strong team working skills.
7.Demonstrated ability to coordinate between people of different backgrounds and role levels (including senior management).
8. Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to produce detailed technical documentation and the ability to chair meetings.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Good background in Marine R&D or relevant geophysical science.
2. Demonstrated experience in leading/project managing large scientific/service delivery projects.

Additional Supplementary Information

Please note, if you do not currently have permission to work in the UK, we will be unable to provide this for you for this vacancy.



Fiona Verney HR Resourcing Team Leader - Operations & Science

Met Office, FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom

Tel: Resourcing - 01392 886596








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