Observatories Meteorology Analyst

Met Office
10 Mar 2018
14 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Observatories Meteorology Analyst - Job Ref. MO-CL00478 SalaryInformation 22,361 to 26,119 per annum (salary effective as of 1 April2018) plus competitive benefits. For shifts working unsocial hours youmay be eligible for an unsocial hours allowance of 4,000. You may alsobe eligible to claim relocation costs of up to 5,000. Background TheUpper Air & Remote Sensing (UARS) Team is responsible for managingthe operational delivery of a number of Observations networks, includingweather radar, Radiosondes, Volcanic Ash Lidar and ATD (lightningdetection). The team is spread across 4 locations - Exeter, Camborne,Edinburgh and Lerwick. Established in 1919, the Lerwick Observatorycarries out systematic surface and upper-air observations and is one oftwo manual climate radiosonde sites in the UK. The new purpose builtObservatory is equipped to provide round the clock observations of theweather in the immediate area as well as quality monitoring of a further150 automated observation sites across the UK. Through these monitoringand observing tasks, the station makes a valuable contribution to the UKand Global Observing Systems, as well as supporting British GeologicalSurvey through the collection of seismology and geomagnetic observationssince 1922. Lerwick Observatory is currently run as a 24/7 site, and assuch the job holder is expected to work on the standard station shiftroster. Job Purpose Undertake the agreed Observing activities andmonitor observing network performance to efficiently and effectivelymeet customer and Met Office requirements. Support the Lerwick StationManager in the routine running of the Observatory, and assist the widerUARS and Observations team in the delivery of Operational services. JobResponsibilities Monitor the performance of operational observingsystems taking corrective action where required to ensure networks meetquality and availability levels required by customers. Provide adviceand information to users of the data on the status of the networks andthe details of the observing systems. Develop technical knowledge ofobserving systems in conjunction with Network Specialists within thewider UARS & Surface Observing team, to act as source of advice tosystem operators. Work alongside other members of the Observations team,Operations Centre and Engineers top ensure the delivery of operationalservices, and the timely resolution of incidents. Provide advice andinformation to those teams when required. Coordinate and contribute tothe updating of documentation of observing processes and practices. Workwith Network Specialists, the Station Manager and Network Managers todevelop processes and procedures in order to ensure optimum efficiencyin service delivery. Support the Station Manager in the effectiverunning of the Observatory - including undertaking delegated tasks andthe mentoring and training of new staff. Maintain and support therelationships of the stations stakeholders, 3 rd party suppliers and 3rd party visits. Acting as the point of contact for the Observatoryduring periods of lone working. Essential Qualifications, Skills &Abilities 1. Degree level qualification or equivalent in a science,engineering or IT related subject or able to demonstrate relevantexperience. 2. Ability to analyse a problem and identify root cause. 3.Evidence of working as part of a multi-skilled team to deliver multiplecustomer requirements to varying timescales and deadlines. 4. Ability toprioritise work from a range of customers and deal with criticalsituations in a structured manner. 5. Ability to communicate technicalinformation clearly and concisely to a range of customers who havevarying levels of technical understanding. 6. Knowledge of observinginstruments/networks/systems. Desirable Qualifications, Skills &Abilities 1. A broad knowledge of observing systems, the scientificprinciples behind the measurements and the characteristics of theobservational data. 2. Experience of working in an operationalenvironment, meeting delivery deadlines and working to strict deadlinesand schedules. Allowances You may also be eligible to claim relocationcosts of up to 5,000. For shifts working unsocial hours an additionalunsocial hours allowance may be applicable. Additional SupplementaryInformation This post enables the individual to gain a good grounding inthe processes and systems that would be beneficial for anyone wishing topursue a career within the Observations Group. In particular, this postwill give the individual the skills and experience that are required tobe successful in the role of Observations Network Specialist. LerwickObservatory is a shift working station. As such, there will be periodsof lone and night time working. To apply , please click on the click tosubmit your most recent CV and cover letter which briefly (no more than2 pages) states your experience against each essential and desirablecriteria. Key dates: Closing date 02/04/2018 with interviews expected17/04/2018 or 03/05/2018. Please note that you will be notified if youare successful or unsuccessful. Please note, when joining the Met Officeall new employees will start on the salary band minimum. Thisrecruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and thereforerequires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK/EU withoutrestriction. If you are a non-EU candidate you will be required toprovide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to yourapplication at the time of applying. - provided by Dice DEGREE, SERVICE DELIVERY