Operational Meteorology Technician
Company: Met Office
Country: United Kingdom
Professional Area: Forecasting & Observations
Working Pattern: Shift
Closing Date: 19/01/2020
Salary will start at £20,250 per annum with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £21,766 per annum.
An additional unsocial hours allowance of £4,000 per annum may be applicable depending on the role.
All new starters to the Met Office will commence on the salary band minimum.
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 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's leading-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. We deliver a wide range of services and expert advice to both public and private sector organisations.
As a Met Office Operational Meteorological Technician, you’ll work at the forefront of weather and climate science, interpreting real-time data, delivering meteorological services and supporting our Operational Meteorologists to advise our diverse customer
group. You will be at the heart of the Met Office’s operations, using our state-of the-art technology and weather information to support our partners across a number of sectors including our public weather service and Defence. There may also be an opportunity
to work overseas at one of our Defence sites.
We are initially looking for Operational Meteorological Technicians to join one of our teams in either Exeter, Aberdeen or various locations across our Defence network. We will provide you with some initial training at our world leading Met Office College in
Exeter. The training will depend on the team you are joining but may include observations, basic meteorology and media script writing. You will then spend a period of time refining these skills during on the job training, before going live on an operational
If you are an Operational Meteorological Technician with the right level of educational qualifications, we will work with you to ensure you develop the skills to join our Operational Meteorologist Foundation Course (OMFC).We will also provide you with time
to spend getting to know the wider Met Office and the diverse range of customers we support.
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Provide support to our Operational Meteorologists in providing accurate and timely, high-impact forecasts, observations and advice to a range of key Met Office customers, meeting our service agreements and deliver
excellent customer service.
Monitor current weather observations data and other information, providing alerts of changes in weather story to meteorologists in a comprehensive and timely manner, to allow them to update and advise customer.
By following guidance, support the production of weather services to a variety of Met Office customers.
Undertake observations in support of the customers decision making.
Develop your personal skills to ensure you are ready to take up a place on our Operational Meteorology Foundation Course (OMFC).
Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:
A degree in meteorology, a physical science, mathematics or engineering (at 2:2 or higher).
Demonstrate your interest in the weather and how it impacts on you.
A-level mathematics or AS physics or the direct equivalent (e.g. IB, Scottish Highers). If you do not hold A-level mathematics or AS physics qualifications (or the direct equivalent) you will need to supply alternative
evidence that you meet the pre-requisite standard as outlined below*.
The ability to plan and organise work using own initiative
*Required standard of mathematics and physics for the Operational Meteorologist Foundation Course (OMFC)
As we intend to help you develop your skills to be able to secure a place on our Operational Meteorology Foundation Course, which uses many of the physical and mathematical concepts covered at A-level and prior knowledge of one of the following topics is expected:
Mathematics: Linear algebra and vector calculus; Differential and integral calculus; Ordinary and partial differential equations; Probability theory and statistics.
Physics: Fundamentals of mechanics; Basic thermodynamics; Wave theory/fluid motion; Basics of electromagnetic radiation/electromagnetism.
Competence in the maths or physics topics listed above will be tested in a technical test as part of the selection process.
If you do not hold A-level mathematics or AS or A-level physics qualifications (or the direct equivalent) you will need to supply alternative evidence that you meet the pre-requisite standard in addition to your application. This could be successful completion
of a university foundation year in science or successful completion of degree modules that make significant use of the mathematics and physics topics listed above. In these instances, please provide a syllabus outline or a link to online module descriptors.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:
Evidence of contributing effectively as a member of a team and an understanding of the importance of building and maintaining good working relationships.
Proven ability to ensure people get the information they need, on time and in an appropriate manner and format.
An appreciation of customer needs and the importance of good customer service.
Evidence of good oral communication skills.
Additional Supplementary Information:
This is initially a 12 month fixed term contract. Should you develop the required prerequisite skills to be competent enough to sit our OMFC, you will be transferred onto a permanent contract as a Trainee Operational
In order to progress onto the Operational Meteorologist Foundation Course (OMFC) you will require the relevant degree, maths and physics standards. If you have a relevant degree, but do not hold the maths and
physics, we will work with you over the year to develop those skills to the required standard, in order to progress onto the OMFC.
To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below to complete the online application form.
Key Dates: Closing date 19 January 2020
with assessment days expected week commencing 27 January 2020. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful. The anticipated start date for successful
candidates is 06 April 2020.
Should you be offered an invitation to an assessment day, 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.
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.
Please note that successful candidates will be required satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks due to the nature of the role. This will generally require you to have lived in the UK for at least three
out of the last five years.
Whilst this is a temporary post, there is the potential for it to develop into a permanent position.
We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, with an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality and an LGBTi network.
Our Operational Meteorologist Technicians work a variety of shifts with the pattern dependent on the customer and location. The most common shift working pattern involves12 hour shifts covering both days and nights,
but other shift patterns including morning/evening and can often include an element of weekend working.
During your training you will work standard days whilst studying in the college and shifts when completing your on-the-job training.
Unsocial hours allowance of £4,000 may be applicable depending on the role.