Product Generation Analyst

Job reference: VN21-56
Location: Reading, UK
Deadline for applications: 06/01/2022
Publication date: 18/11/2021
Salary and Grade: Grade A2: £62,166.00 net annual basic salary + other benefits
Contract type: STF-C
Department: Forecast
Contract Duration: Four years with the possibility of a further contract


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 includes other areas of work, including High Performance Computing and the development of digital tools that enable ECMWF to extend its provision of data and products covering weather, climate, air 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 in Bologna, Italy, and new offices in Bonn, Germany.

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Summary of the role

This position is in the Data Archives and Dissemination Services Team, within the Production Services Section, based in Reading. This team is responsible for all data related production services at ECMWF, from data governance to the operation of mission critical services such as the Meteorological archive system (MARS) and the generation and dissemination of ECMWF’s products.

The product generation system delivers about 420 million user tailored products (about 45 terabytes) to ECMWF's Member States, Cooperating States and other licensed users on a daily basis. It runs four times a day together with the ECMWF's global Numerical Weather Prediction systems as a highly time-critical component of the production system. This system follows a strict operational schedule.

The successful candidate will be responsible, as part of a team, for the maintenance, improvement and evolution of ECMWF’s product generation and dissemination system, in close cooperation with the developers of the product generation software in a DevOps configuration.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Operating ECMWF’s product generation and dissemination services, ensuring appropriate levels of quality of service
  • Facilitating ECMWF’s Data Governance process, in order to improve the accessibility and international exchange of ECMWF data products
  • Participating in the support for ECMWF’s operational systems, including 24-hour on-call support
  • Supporting users in accessing data through ECMWF’s dissemination and archive services
  • Supporting users in storing data in ECMWF’s long-term archive MARS (Meteorological Archive and Retrieval System)

Personal attributes

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a proactive and constructive approach
  • Flexibility, with the ability to adapt to changing organisational priorities and user needs
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are vital, to communicate with a wide range of technically skilled colleagues, including remote teams, and to non-technical staff
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a team and across teams
  • Highly organised with the capacity to work on a diverse range of tasks to tight deadlines

Education, experience, knowledge and skills (including language)

  • A university degree (EQF Level 6) or equivalent experience is required
  • Demonstrated experience with handling large datasets essential
  • Experience in managing distributed applications and a good understanding of performance-related issues (memory, disk I/O, networking, etc.) particularly in HPC environments would be advantageous
  • Some experience in an operational environment is desirable
  • Experience with handling environmental data format standards for international exchange, such as WMO GRIB, WMO BUFR, NetCDF or others, is highly desirable
  • Experience with configuration control tools and Quality Assurance is desirable
  • Very good understanding of data flows and workflows in a computing production environment is desirable
  • Advanced level of programming with scripting languages, in particular Shell in a UNIX/Linux environment is required
  • Advanced level of programming with Python
  • Knowledge of programming languages C or C++ is desirable
  • 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 desirable

Other information

Grade remuneration

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 £66,166.00 net of tax. ECMWF also offers a generous benefits package, including a flexible teleworking policy. The position is assigned to the employment category STF-C as defined in the ECMWF Staff Regulations. Full details of salary scales and allowances available on the ECMWF website at, including the ECMWF Staff Regulations and 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 at ECMWF's headquarters in Reading, UK.

As a multi-site organisation, ECMWF has adopted a hybrid organisation model which allows flexibility to staff to mix office working and teleworking.

Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.

Interviews by videoconference (Via Teams) are expected to take place week commencing 17 January 2022.

Who can apply

Applicants are invited to complete the online application form by clicking on the apply button below.

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.
Georgia will become a Co operating State from 01.12.21.

Applications from nationals from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases.

published: 8 December 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.