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Observatories Meteorology Analyst

Employment Type:
Job Sector:
Scientific Jobs
Shetland Isles
Salary Description:
£22,361 to £26,119
Start Date:
Met Office
Job Ref:

Observatories Meteorology Analyst – Job Ref. MO-CL00478
Salary Information
£22,361 to £26,119 per annum (salary effective as of 1 April 2018) plus competitive benefits.
For shifts working unsocial hours you may be eligible for an unsocial hours allowance of £4,000.
You may also be eligible to claim relocation costs of up to £5,000.

The Upper Air & Remote Sensing (UARS) Team is responsible for managing the operational delivery of a number of Observations networks, including weather radar, Radiosondes, Volcanic Ash Lidar and ATD (lightning detection). The team is spread across 4 locations – Exeter, Camborne, Edinburgh and Lerwick.

Established in 1919, the Lerwick Observatory carries out systematic surface and upper-air observations and is one of two manual climate radiosonde sites in the UK. The new purpose built Observatory is equipped to provide round the clock observations of the weather in the immediate area as well as quality monitoring of a further 150 automated observation sites across the UK. Through these monitoring and observing tasks, the station makes a valuable
contribution to the UK and Global Observing Systems, as well as supporting British Geological Survey through the collection of seismology and geomagnetic observations since 1922.
Lerwick Observatory is currently run as a 24/7 site, and as such the job holder is expected to work on the standard station shift roster.

Job Purpose
Undertake the agreed Observing activities and monitor observing network performance to efficiently and effectively meet customer and Met Office requirements. Support the Lerwick Station Manager in the routine running of the Observatory, and assist the wider UARS and Observations team in the delivery of Operational services.

Job Responsibilities

 Monitor the performance of operational observing systems taking corrective action
where required to ensure networks meet quality and availability levels required by
customers. Provide advice and information to users of the data on the status of the
networks and the details of the observing systems.
 Develop technical knowledge of observing systems in conjunction with Network
Specialists within the wider UARS & Surface Observing team, to act as source of
advice to system operators.
 Work alongside other members of the Observations team, Operations Centre and
Engineers top ensure the delivery of operational services, and the timely resolution
of incidents. Provide advice and information to those teams when required.
 Coordinate and contribute to the updating of documentation of observing processes
and practices. Work with Network Specialists, the Station Manager and Network
Managers to develop processes and procedures in order to ensure optimum
efficiency in service delivery.
 Support the Station Manager in the effective running of the Observatory – including
undertaking delegated tasks and the mentoring and training of new staff.
 Maintain and support the relationships of the stations stakeholders, 3 rd party
suppliers and 3 rd party visits. Acting as the point of contact for the Observatory during
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 relevant experience.
2. Ability to analyse a problem and identify root cause.
3. Evidence of working as part of a multi-skilled team to deliver multiple customer
requirements to varying timescales and deadlines.
4. Ability to prioritise work from a range of customers and deal with critical situations in
a structured manner.
5. Ability to communicate technical information clearly and concisely to a range of
customers who have varying levels of technical understanding.
6. Knowledge of observing instruments/networks/systems.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities​
1. A broad knowledge of observing systems, the scientific principles behind the measurements and the characteristics of the observational data.
2. Experience of working in an operational environment, meeting delivery deadlines and working to strict deadlines and schedules.

You may also be eligible to claim relocation costs of up to £5,000.
For shifts working unsocial hours an additional unsocial hours allowance may be applicable.

Additional Supplementary Information
This post enables the individual to gain a good grounding in the processes and systems that would be beneficial for anyone wishing to pursue a career within the Observations Group. In particular, this post will give the individual the skills and experience that are required to be successful in the role of Observations Network Specialist.
Lerwick Observatory is a shift working station. As such, there will be periods of lone and night time working.

To apply , please click on the click to submit your most recent CV and cover letter which briefly (no more than 2 pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Key dates: Closing date 02/04/2018 with interviews expected 17/04/2018 or 03/05/2018.
Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.
Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band

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.

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
Met Office
Tel: 01392 558000
Contact: Emma Foster

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