Ref: 1627175

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Company: 1627175

Salary: 30,325.00

Closing Date: Closing date: 21 Apr 2019

Location: Ascension Island

Operational Meteorologist / Operational Meteorological Technician - Ascension Island



Salary Information
Operational Meteorologist - salary will start at £30,325 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260.

Operational Meteorological Technician - salary will start at £20,250 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £21,766.

Whilst in Ascension Island you will receive the following allowances:
• Unsocial shift allowance £4,000 PA
• Location allowance £2,000 PA
• Cost of Living Allowance £5,408 PA

Please note, not all these allowances will be applicable upon returning to the UK.

There is also some overtime built into the roster, which will attract basic rate overtime payment.

Background
The Met Office is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is the UK’s internationally-renowned national meteorological service. We have been providing world-leading weather forecasts for more than 160 years and our public services and warnings are a part of everyday life for the people of Britain. The Met Office's leading-edge capabilities assist the UK and the international community in meeting the twin challenges of forecasting the weather and understanding and planning for a changing climate. We deliver a wide range of services and expert advice to both public and private sector organisations.

As a Met Office Operational Meteorologist and an Operational Meteorological Technician, you’ll work at the forefront of weather and climate science, interpreting real-time data, delivering meteorological services and supporting our Operational Meteorologists to advise our diverse customer group. 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 Defence. Forecasting services are delivered to the MoD overseas sites from a number of local stations.

The Met Office on Ascension Island delivers a service primarily to support the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) mission; this consists of maritime, aviation and public sector style forecast services operating on a flexible basis, depending on the customer requirements. The role offers a great opportunity to work in a remote and challenging environment. You will also develop close working relationships with a range of customers and act as the focal point for the Met Office; representing the organisation and our values overseas.

We are initially looking for an Operational Meteorologist or an Operational Meteorological Technician to complete a six-month deployment to Ascension Island, with the possibility of being extended, based on individual preferences. Upon completion of this deployment, you will be placed in one of our defence stations to work as part of one of our high performing teams, embedded with our customers. Here you will experience a different style of forecasting to Ascension, and the opportunity to develop and expand your skills into different areas; the opportunities within Forecast Service Delivery and the Met Office are endless! If you are an Operational Meteorological Technician with the right level of educational qualifications, we will work with you to ensure you develop the skills to join our Operational Meteorologist Foundation Course in Autumn 2020.

Whilst in Ascension, we require an individual to be flexible in their approach to work. This is due to the limited operational capability of the runway; the logistics of moving people into and out of Ascension are currently particularly challenging, with flight schedules uncertain and frequently cancelled. There will be ample opportunities to focus on your own continued professional development and practice your skills.

Despite the island’s small size, there is never a dull moment in which you could find yourself bored; there is a very active social life, and the Met Office is strongly and integrally bound within that. Walking and wildlife are two of the islands main attractions, swimming in the sea is currently restricted, but there is a pool on the island, and a gym near the accommodation. Shopping facilities are basic, but there are a number of bars and restaurants, as well as an RAF run cinema. Accommodation is provided in ensuite rooms, with meals taken communally. A vehicle is provided for the team to use when on days off.

Job Purpose
Operational Meteorologist: Provide accurate and timely, high-impact forecasts, observations and advice to a range of key MoD customers, meeting our service agreements and deliver excellent customer service.

Operational Meteorological Technician: Provide support to our Operational Meteorologists in providing accurate and timely, high-impact forecasts, observations and advice to a range of key MoD customers, meeting our service agreements and deliver excellent customer service.

Job Responsibilities
Be part of a shift working team to provide observing and forecasting capability to support customer operations.
Provide support for the Operational Meteorologist or provide a comprehensive meteorological forecasting service for customers based in Ascension and at times, forecast services for the USAF and Civilian flights, mainly between Ascension and the Caribbean with occasional flights to Africa.
Engage customers through consistently delivering high quality services.
Identify continuous improvements to enable customers to operate in the most safe and cost-effective manner.
Represent the Met Office on Ascension Island Base in a positive way both in and outside of work.
Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
1. Demonstrate a flexible approach, being able to change plans to deal with unexpected events or customer requirements.

2. Demonstrable customer focus and interpersonal skills, with the ability to understand the customer requirements.

3. Ability to work as part of a team, collaborating towards team goals, improving products, services and performance standards to ensure quality and consistency.

4. Maths A Level and Physics AS Level or equivalent (this could be demonstrated by degree modules) and a degree in a physical Science.

5. Hold a UK driving licence and be fit to travel overseas.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
1. Successful completion of BipM in Meteorology or NVQ/RCF in Weather Forecasting or equivalent (Operational Meteorologist level only).

2. Practical experience in Weather Forecasting in Aviation and Marine (Operational Meteorologist level only).

3. Knowledge of Southern Atlantic meteorology.

4. Proven evidence of communicating technically complex meteorological information to a range of audiences.

Additional Supplementary Information
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.

Key Dates: Closing date is 21/04/2019 with interviews week commencing 08/05/2019. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

We are looking for either an Operational Meteorological Technician or an Operational Meteorologist dependent on your existing skills and qualifications. The successful candidate will be offered the position for the level at which their skills are suited. Upon completing the detachment, you may be offered a position at one of our defence stations at various locations around the UK. If you are offered the Operational Meteorological technical post, we will work with you to prepare you to sit on our Operational Meteorology Foundation Course, if you would like to pursue this opportunity.

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.

Due to the nature of the role, this post requires you to gain full security clearance Therefore, in order obtain full clearance you will need to have lived in the UK for 3 years out of the last 5 years.

The role is unaccompanied.

We are looking for individuals to start over the summer but will consider applications for later in the year.

Whilst relocation is not available for this role, meals and accommodation will be provided whilst working in Ascension Island.