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[Met-jobs] Met Office Job Advertisement | Product Owner - Defence

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Date Fri, 9 Aug 2019 12:42:41 +0000

Hi there


Please can we request that the below advert is listed on your website, full details below; however, should you need anything further, please get in contact:


Job Title: Product Owner - Defence
Language: UK
Company: Met Office
Location: Exeter
Region: South West
Country: United Kingdom
Organisation: Operations > Product Management
Job number: MO-CL00664
Professional Area (Candidate Search Option): Customer & Stakeholder Management – Marketing
Region (Candidate Search Option): Flexible
Location (Candidate Search Option): Flexible
Working Pattern: DAY
Salary: per Year Min 36684 Max 40352 In GBP
Agreement Type: Permanent
Work Hours: 37 Hours per Week
Salary Information:

Salary will start at £36,684 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £40,352.



The Met Office is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is the UK’s internationally-renowned national meteorological service. We have been providing world-leading weather forecasts for more than 160 years and our public services and warnings are a part of everyday life for the people of Britain. The Met Office is recognised as one of the world's most accurate weather forecasters using more than 10 million weather observations a day, an advanced atmospheric model and a high-performance supercomputer to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings a day. Our cutting-edge capabilities assist the UK and the international community in meeting the twin challenges of forecasting the weather and understanding and planning for a changing climate. These services are delivered to a huge range of customers from the government, commercial businesses, the general public, the Ministry of Defence and other organisations.

We are looking for an engaging, enthusiastic, collaborative and motivated person to join our Product Management Team. The Met Office has a long history of supporting the Defence sector and the Ministry of Defence remain a core customer. We produce a variety of products that utilise our weather science to produce customer specific forecasts, supporting operational decision-making and safety. You will be responsible for developing weather products that meet the needs of Defence customers and users. You will use your knowledge of Defence users and customers to lead and drive developments and manage lifecycles effectively, delivering strategic benefit. You will be able to influence and negotiate with internal stakeholders, building strong relationships with customers and users that drives business benefit.

Job Purpose:

The Product Owner is responsible for researching, analysing and understanding user requirements – ratifying them against the product vision and customer milestones before ‘translating’ into user stories for technical teams. You will own and prioritise the work of the development team, including articulating development acceptance criteria to ensure the work reflects user needs and business benefit. You will ensure that the products that you develop and manage align with strategic direction for the Defence portfolio, and influence this through the Senior Product Manager.

Job Responsibilities:

  •  Build strong relationships with internal stakeholders, Defence users and customers, and use these to develop Defence knowledge to support product development and management. 
  • Research and analyse user and customer requirements, translating into user stories for the development team.
  • As Product Owner, act as a key member of the Agile delivery team to challenge and improve ways of working, to deliver effective solutions.  
  • Maximise the value delivered in a development -taking into account the balance between delivering business benefits and responding to end user needs.   
  • Manage dependencies of a development on other directly/indirectly related systems or products.  
  •  Understand how your product portfolio is performing both in relation to customer expectations and competitor offerings to inform lifecycle development decisions.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Excellent communication skills and an ability to manage diverse stakeholders and customers ways of working
  2. Sound decision-making ability, with demonstrable experience of balancing competing drivers to achieve successful outcomes
  3. Practical experience of successfully researching andunderstanding customer/user requirements and how they relate to business strategy
  4. Understanding of the Product Owner role and the ability to inspire Agile development teams.
  5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team to define direction for a development and ensure it is aligned with wider objectives or strategy
  6. Understanding of the Defence sector and how the weather impacts our military customers

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Experience of operating within a SCRUM/Agile environment

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.

Key Dates: Closing date 26/08/2019 with interviews expected 13/09/2019. 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 role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK.

 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.

This post requires you to gain full security clearance due to the nature of the role. Therefore, in order obtain full clearance you will need to have lived at the same address in the UK for 2 years out of the last 5 years, or lived in the UK for 3 out of the last 5 years if you have lived at various addresses.

Expiration Date: 26/08/2019


Click here to apply online


Many thanks in advance



Kind regards



Nicola Cuttridge HR Associate (Resourcing)


Met Office FitzRoy Road  Exeter  Devon  EX1 3PB  United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1392 885000  Email:






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