Trained Operational Meteorologist

Type: Permanent
Location: Flexible
Salary Information:
£28,644 - £33,260 plus allowances
Relocation Assistance may be available


As a Met Office Operational Meteorologist, you will work at the forefront of weather interpreting real-time data, delivering meteorological services and advising our diverse customer group. No other national meteorological service interprets and applies its forecasts in the same level of detail to meet such a wide range of customer needs.

You will be at the heart of the Met Office's operations, using our state-of-the-art technology and weather information to support our partners in activities such as informing aviation routes and flight safety, public weather services, utilities companies, marine and offshore work, frontline support for the Armed Forces, emergency/disaster response and enabling fundamental government decisions.

From the UK to Cyprus or the Antarctic, you could be part of our weather story and help us to deliver our vision for protection, prosperity and wellbeing. Our work is ever evolving and constantly provides new, exciting challenges. This is a great opportunity to be part of our weather story; join our world leading Meteorological Service and help deliver our vision for protection, prosperity and wellbeing.

We are looking for experienced Operational Meteorologists to join us on a range of flexible contracts across our network, particularly in London, Coningsby, Odiham, Northern Ireland, Aberdeen, and Exeter.

Job Purpose

Whether you are based in one of our frontline stations or in our Operations Centres in Exeter and Aberdeen, our purpose is be the world leading meteorological service. In order to achieve this our forecasters provide accurate and timely, high-impact forecasts and advice to a diverse range of key customers, whilst meeting our service agreements and delivering excellent customer service.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide observing and forecasting capability to support customer operations.
  • Analyse and enhance weather stories, providing forecast guidance, advice and briefings tailored to customer requirements.
  • Engage customers through consistently delivering high quality services.
  • Identify continuous improvements to enable customers to operate in the most safe and cost-effective manner.
  • Provide innovative insights and continuously challenge the way we work.
  • Work as a united team member across the Forecasting Service Delivery (FSD) network to contribute to the success of the wider team and organisation.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Successful completion of BipM in Meteorology or NVQ/RCF in Weather Forecasting or equivalent.
  2. Practical experience in Weather Forecasting in one of the following sectors; Aviation, Marine, Road or general services for the business community.
  3. Demonstrable customer focus and interpersonal skills, with the ability to understand the customer requirements and weather impacts.
  4. Proven evidence of communicating technically complex meteorological information to a range of audiences.
  5. Ability to prioritise and be adaptable to change whilst delivering services in difficult situations or pressurised environments.
  6. Ability to work as part of a team, collaborating towards team goals, improving products, services and performance standards to ensure quality and consistency.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Familiarity with a range of meteorological visualisation and production systems, such as SWIFT, MMS, Desktop Production Framework and associated suite of product templates.
  2. Trained in completing meteorological observations.

Additional Supplementary Information

Please state your starting location preference on your application. We have a variety of stations across the UK and are also happy to discuss flexible working arrangements at interview.

Relocation or detachment costs will be considered on a case-by-case basis, based on business needs and individual circumstances.

All positions will be within a shift working environment, with a range of shift patterns including 24/7 operations. All positions may be expected to work an element of unsociable hours.

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria. Guidance on writing your CV and covering letter is available on Comet.

Key Dates: Closing date 14/01/19 with interviews expected 28/01/19. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction.

If you are a non-EU candidate you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

This post requires you to gain full security clearance due to the nature of the role. Therefore, in order obtain full clearance you will need to have lived at the same address in the UK for 2 years out of the last 5 years, or lived in the UK for 3 out of the last 5 years if you have lived at various addresses.


Unsociable hours allowance of £4000pa

published: 14 December 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.