Deputy Director of Forecasts
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN19-23
2. About ECMWF
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) was created in 1975 by a group of European nations with the purpose of pushing the boundaries of science to improve weather forecasting for the benefit of its Member and Co-operating States, and the wider community. ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member and Co-operating 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. ECMWF works closely with the national meteorological services of its Member and Co-operating States, supports the programmes of the World Meteorological Organization, and collaborates with space agencies around the world. ECMWF’s scientific success over the past four decades is based on its collaborative approach.
ECMWF is also a major player in Copernicus, the European Union flagship Earth-observation programme. The programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and provides reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications.
For details, see www.ecmwf.int/.
3. Summary of the role
The Forecast Department is responsible for the 24/7 production of weather forecasts and Copernicus services, forecast quality control (verification and diagnostics), development of novel forecast products, software development for numerical weather prediction, data provision and outreach and training. The Forecast Department has a strong user focus.
The successful candidate will report to and work closely with the Director of Forecasts. As part of the Forecast Department management team, they will coordinate and ensure the smooth running of the Department in the provision and delivery of high-quality, timely and cost-effective services to its users in the areas of forecast evaluation, user support, forecast production, software development and the Copernicus programme.
The successful candidate will take an active lead in the development of annual work plans and service development proposals for all areas of the Department’s activity in close collaboration with the relevant Heads of Section and will monitor and report on performance and efficiency. They will coordinate and oversee the implementation of process improvements. They will also represent the Department in several working groups, lead projects and support the Director of Forecasts in developing strategic thinking and the relevant documents such as the 4-year plan and 10-year strategy. This post offers a wide variety of exciting challenges and opportunities to take the lead in critical activities for the Department and ECMWF.
4. Main duties and key responsibilities
5. Personal attributes
6. Qualifications and experience required
Knowledge and skills (including language)
7. Other information
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A5 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £98,334.36 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 www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: Four years, with the possibility of a further contract.
Location: The role 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 www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/.
To contact the ECMWF Recruitment Team, please email email@example.com.
At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensuring 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