Deputy Director of Computing
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN21-14
2. About ECMWF
ECMWF is the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. It is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1975 by a group of European nations and is today supported by 34 Member and Co-operating States, mostly in Europe. The Centre’s mission is to serve and support its Member and Co-operating States and the wider community by developing and providing world-leading global numerical weather prediction. ECMWF functions as a 24/7 research and operational centre with a focus on medium and long-range predictions and holds one of the largest meteorological archives in the world. The success of its activities relies primarily on the talent of its scientists, strong partnerships with its Member and Co-operating States and the international community, some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and the use of innovative technologies such as machine learning across its operations.
Over the years, ECMWF has also developed a strong partnership with the European Union, and for the past seven years has been an entrusted entity for the implementation and operation of the Climate and the Atmosphere Monitoring Services of the EU Copernicus Programme, as well as a contributor to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The collaboration does not stop there and include other areas of work, including High Performance Computing and the development of digital tools. It is enabling ECMWF to now provide data and products covering weather, climate, ait quality, fire and flood prediction and monitoring.
ECMWF has recently become a multi-site organisation, with its headquarters based since its creation in Reading, UK, its new data centre opening in 2021 in Bologna, Italy, and new offices, also opening in 2021 in Bonn, Germany.
For details, see www.ecmwf.int/.
The Computing Department is responsible for the strategy, design and 24/7 service provision of ECMWF’s mission-critical ICT infrastructure and services. State-of-the-art high-performance computing (HPC) facilities, storage solutions to support the world’s largest meteorological data archive and ICT solutions for the organisation are core of the Department’s mission.
More than 60 technical and engineering staff, located in Reading and Bologna, provide ICT services and support to users of the ECMWF Departments of Research, Forecasts, Copernicus and Administration, as well as ECMWF’s external users in Member States and Co-operating States.
The Computing Department actively researches the technology landscape for the benefit of ECMWF’s future operations of ECMWF’s highly demanding 365/24/7 HPC facility and supporting data archive, ensuring resilient and mission-critical computing services.
3. Summary of the role
ECMWF is recruiting a Deputy Director of Computing. At the core of the department’s mission are state-of-the-art high-performance computing (HPC) facilities, storage solutions to support the world’s largest meteorological data archive and digital technologies solutions for the organisation.
The role is a senior management position reporting directly to and working closely with the Director of Computing on the strategy, development roadmap and 24/7 service provision of ECMWF’s mission-critical ICT infrastructure and services.
More than 60 technical and engineering staff, located in Reading and Bologna, provide HPC and data management solutions and ICT services to users of the ECMWF Departments of Research, Forecasts, Copernicus and Administration, as well as ECMWF’s external users in Member States and Co-operating States. The Computing Department actively researches the digital technology landscape for the benefit of ECMWF’s future operations of ECMWF’s highly demanding 365/24/7 HPC facility and supporting data archive, ensuring resilient and mission-critical computing services.
The successful candidate will lead the research of current and emerging technologies and will provide strategic insight into their potential for the strategic planning and development of ECMWF’s ICT architecture and technical designs, in particular in the fields of HPC, AI and data handling solutions, and will lead or contribute to relevant proposals for research and innovation actions.
As part of the Computing Department management team, the successful candidate will ensure the smooth running of the Department in the provision and delivery of leading-edge, mission-critical services to its users across the sections for high-performance computing and storage, platform and services, data centre operations and service delivery. They will prepare 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 lead the preparation of the Department’s budget and ensure consistency across the different Sections They will coordinate and oversee the implementation of process improvements.
They will also represent the Department in cross-cutting working groups, lead projects, be responsible for the development of major business cases and acquisitions (such as HPC procurements) and support the Director of Computing in developing strategic thinking and preparing relevant documents such as the 4-year plan and 10-year strategy. They will deputise for the Director of Computing and represent ECWMF externally when required.
In this role, the Deputy Director of Computing develop strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders in ECMWF’s governing body and advisory committees, national meteorological services, HPC user community, HPC centres and related organisations, the relevant research community and ICT companies. 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 Ł103,211.52 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 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 position will be based in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.
Videoconference interviews (via BlueJeans) are expected to take place in early May 2021.
8. How to apply
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/.
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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.
Applications are invited from nationals from ECMWF Member States and Co-operating States, listed below:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Applications from nationals from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases.