Software Testing Coordinator

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN19-45
Grade: A2
Job Ref. No.: STF-PS/19-45
Department: Research
Section: Integrated Forecast Systems Section
Reports to: Head of Section
Closing Date: 7 January 2020

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

ECMWF is preparing to migrate our computing infrastructure to our new data centre in Bologna, Italy. The production of operational forecasts involves a complex hierarchy of bespoke, inter-dependent software applications developed in-house. These perform functions such as the acquisition, pre-processing, monitoring and quality control of meteorological observations, the production of meteorological analyses and forecasts at multiple forecast lead times, forecast post-processing and the generation of user products, dissemination of data to forecast users and customers across the globe, provision of web-based forecast products, verification of forecasts and products, storage and retrieval of meteorological observations and fields in our archive (both as part of the forecast process and by individual users), and the orchestration of complex scientific workflows (for both time-critical production and large-scale scientific research). During the migration, it is essential that this software stack is ported to the new computing platforms in the new data centre efficiently and correctly, to ensure operational production can switch to the new data centre according to the tight schedule.

The Software Testing Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the ECMWF software migration continues to meet the requirements for our operational delivery of forecasts. This will involve understanding ECMWF’s software stack, its dependencies and its usage to produce operational weather forecasts. She/he will work with the software package owners, developers and users, and project managers, across multiple teams, to understand and record inter-dependencies and requirements, and to develop and coordinate testing strategies amongst the teams.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Leading the planning and coordination of the software testing activities as part of the data centre migration, to ensure ongoing successful operational delivery of the forecasts
  • Designing and documenting test plans, scenarios, scripts or procedures that encompass the requirements for each application, and for the overall operational workflow
  • Planning the testing schedules or strategies in accordance with migration project scope and delivery dates
  • Working with project teams through the planning, migration and testing stages to ensure adherence to requirements
  • Reporting on overall testing status and progress to project management
  • Assisting software development teams with their own application-testing workload

5. Personal attributes

  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary environment, collaborating across teams and facilitating collaboration amongst teams
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a proactive approach
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, listening to and respecting the views of others
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree, or equivalent, in a discipline closely related to software engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics is required.


  • Substantial experience in testing large-scale software, preferably in a scientific or operational environment.
  • Recent demonstrated experience of managing project or teams a distinct advantage.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Experience of Unix/Linux-based computing and scripting (essential).
  • Experience in at least one of Fortran, C, C++, Python, (essential).
  • Experience of version control using Git (highly desirable).
  • Experience of working with various compilers, debuggers, and profiling tools (desirable).
  • Experience of developing, testing or using software on supercomputer architecture (desirable).
  • Experience with any of ECMWF’s in-house systems or packages would be an advantage.
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English.
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be an advantage.

7. Other information

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £59,228.40 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PS as defined in the Staff Regulations.

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

Starting date: As soon as possible.

Length of contract: 12 months.

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

To contact the ECMWF Recruitment Team, please email

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

published: 31 October 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.