Deputy Director of Climate Change Service (C3S)

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN19-46
Grade: A4
Job Ref. No.: STF-PS/19-46
Department: Copernicus
Section: n/a
Reports to: Director of C3Ss
Closing Date: 17 December 2019

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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ECMWF has been entrusted to operate the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission until the end of 2020. Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications.

3. Summary of the role

The Deputy Director of Climate Change Service (C3S) will support the Director in managing the delivery of ECMWFs C3S services in accordance with the EC/ECMWF delegation agreement and strategy that has been agreed with the European Commission until 2021. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the plans for the evolution of C3S, including concepts for new service elements such as the anthropogenic CO2 emissions monitoring activities. They will also take an active role in supporting the negotiations with the EC of the next delegation agreement under the EC 2021-2027 Multiyear Financial Framework. The Deputy Director will have line-management responsibility for a number of senior scientists and their teams.

The Deputy Director of C3S is expected to support the Director of C3S and the Director of Copernicus Services in representing ECMWF at the European Commission for Copernicus Climate Change related purposes and will maintain excellent stakeholder relationships with the Council Members of the ECMWF Member and Co-operating States, national governmental agencies and other stakeholders, with an interest in the work of C3S.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Supporting the Director of C3S in developing and implementing C3S plans, and providing leadership, direction and guidance to the scientific and technical staff in the Service.
  • Line management of some team leaders
  • Providing scientific and technical leadership to the team to achieve continual improvements in C3S product delivery
  • Coordinating the interfaces with other Departments at ECMWF to ensure common understanding of the ECMWF deliverables to C3S and efficient delivery of the outputs
  • Coordinating with underpinning research activities at ECMWF to ensure highest quality scientific inputs to C3S production
  • Supporting the C3S Director in liaising with external stakeholders (users and providers) and promoting C3S activities in various fora
  • Contributing to planning and reporting for the Copernicus Services Department
  • Supporting the Copernicus Contract management team on technical and scientific aspects of external contracts related to C3S.

5. Personal attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Credible scientific leadership with the ability to build excellent stakeholder relationships and enabling a team of world-class experts to perform to the best of their abilities
  • High level of personal drive, tenacity, and dedication
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Sharp strategic vision
  • Ability to anticipate risks and develop risk mitigation plans across complex environments

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • An advanced university degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience.


  • Substantial demonstrated experience in the management of a large portfolio of complex contracts, preferably in the procurement of operational services with public and private organisations and within the scientific domain.
  • Demonstrated recent experience in the line-management of staff, as well as the ability to inspire a team and colleagues across the organisation.
  • Experience working with intergovernmental organisations or the European Commission and its Agencies would be highly desirable.
  • Experience of working in the domain of earth observation (e.g. ECVs), climate change modelling, meteorological reanalysis or seasonal forecasts would be an advantage.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of public procurements of contracts of a scientific and technical nature.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • 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

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A4 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual salary will be 84,907.44 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: To 30 September 2021, with the possibility of extension subject to continuation of funding by the Copernicus programme.

Location: Initially the role will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom. However, relocation to another country within the European Union may be required during the period of the contract.

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: 27 November 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.