Senior Analyst - Team Leader Observations in the Production Section

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN18-16
Grade: A3
Job Ref. No.: STF-C/18-16
Department: Forecast
Section: Production
Reports to: Head of Production section
Closing Date: 30 April 2018

2. About ECMWF *

ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member States. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of its forecasts, collects and processes large amounts of observations, and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data. Satellite and in situ observations provide the information for up-to-date global analyses and climate reanalyses of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface.

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3. Summary of the role

The Team Leader position in the Observation Team is located in the Production Section of ECMWFs Forecast Department. The person will report directly to the Section Head, and provide leadership and line-management to the team members. This will include the planning and management of the teams workload.

The Observation Team is responsible for any observation related aspect in ECMWFs operational production chain, in particular the acquisition, data format design, conversion and pre-processing of meteorological and other environmental observation data. He or she also supports staff in other departments and Member States with their expertise. The person will jointly lead ECMWFs Data Governance process, and represent ECMWF at international events, such as the WMO expert team on data representation and codes. Therefore, a good understanding of observation data formats for international data exchange, in particular BUFR, is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will have a very strong background in this field and will be required to lead and contribute to projects within the team and across departments. As Team Leader, he or she will drive continuous innovation and improvement processes in their area of expertise.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Leading the Observation Team in the Production Section, and line-managing its staff, including matrix managed project staff
  • Advising the Section Head in areas of activities in their team, drafting work plans for the team, monitoring and reporting on progress, and deputising for the Section Head when required
  • Developing, maintaining and continuously improving the relevant operational systems within the teams areas of activities, such as data acquisition, observation pre-processing systems, and related software
  • Coordinating observation handling with other groups at ECMWF and in Member States or Cooperating States, and represent ECMWF as expert at WMO meetings and other international conferences
  • Jointly leading ECMWFs Data Governance
  • Leading or contributing to projects relating to data representation and observation processing
  • Organising and participating in the teams 24/7 on-call support

5. Personal attributes

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with members of a small team
  • Ability to work with subject matter experts in other fields to explain technical issues and understand their needs and translate them into deliverable requirements
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a time critical environment
  • Flexible approach to adapt to changing work priorities
  • Practical and reliable with the drive to ensure that plans are completed as efficiently as possible

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • Advanced university degree in Meteorology or related subject, or equivalent professional experience in an operational meteorological environment.


  • Considerable number of years of experience in an operational environment.
  • Recent and relevant experience of staff management.
  • Experience in project management is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to facilitate team work.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English.
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centres other working languages (French or German) would be an advantage

7. Other information

Grade remuneration

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A3 grade, according to the scales of the Coordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be 71,861.52 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-C as defined in the Staff Regulations.

Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at, including the Centres Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.

Starting date: 1 June 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Length of contract: Four years with the possibility of a further contract.
Location: The position will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom

8. How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at

At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensure a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities for all, without distinction as to race, gender, age, marital status, social status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, personality, ethnicity and culture. We value the benefits derived from a diverse workforce and are committed to having staff that reflect the diversity of the countries that are part of our community, in an environment that nurtures equality and inclusion.

Staff are usually recruited from among nationals of the following Member States and Co-operating States:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Staff from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases

published: 22 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.