Scientific Software Strategic Head - Data Management and Processing

  • Met Office
  • Exeter, UK
  • 12/05/2022
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Data Management Statistics Biostatistics

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£57,171 - £62,687 a year
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Our reward package

We're hiring for a Scientific Software Strategic Head - Data Management and Processing based in Exeter HQ with hybrid remote working.

As our Scientific Software Strategic Head - Data Management and Processing , your starting salary will be £57171.00 and you will have opportunities to progress to £62687.00 over time. New joiners to the Met Office will start on the salary band minima.

Your total reward package is potentially worth up to £78,330.00 annually, which includes basic salary, potential corporate bonus and employer pension contributions.

In addition you will be paid £2,500 per annum as a market supplement to reflect the demand for your skills. You will be paid this market driven allowance from April 2022 until March 2024 in your monthly pay whilst performing this role.

Your package includes:
  • Outstanding Civil Service Pension
  • Flexible hours and homeworking
  • Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising to 32.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) after 5 years and option to buy or sell up to 5 days per year of annual leave
  • Cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Access to discounted shopping on a range of retail, leisure and lifestyle categories
Who we are

We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science, to help people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.

Our exceptional people deliver scientific, technological and operational expertise and provide critical services. Our people work together to deliver extraordinary impact, making us one of the most trusted forecasters in the world.

Our values – it’s who we are:
  • We’re a force for good
  • We’re experts by nature
  • We live and breathe it
  • We’re better together
  • We keep evolving

We are the Met Office, join us and help us be a force for good.

Job Purpose

The Met Office is undertaking a reorganisation of the IT teams within the Science directorate. The current split of responsibilities between Weather Science IT and Climate Science IT is no longer appropriate, as increasingly the teams are focusing on activities which contribute to Science-wide activities. Thus an updated Science IT structure and leadership team is being put in place.

As the new Head of Data Management and Processing, in consultation with the Science IT leadership team, you will set the strategic direction for Science Data Workflows that underpin and enable the Met Office Research and Innovation (R&;I) strategy.

By engaging with partners and stakeholders you will ensure Science IT is delivering appropriate software applications and tools, to prepare model inputs and model outputs for use by our model simulation codes/systems, adding value to products and growing external collaborations; enabling our data to influence science and government policy.

The processing of model data requires effective workflow design, making the most of available IT hardware and appropriate choices of 3rd party software. You will lead a process of continual workflow review and enhancement, including evaluating the potential for deployment of data sciences as part of the workflow and a tool to analyse workflows of today and prepare for the future

You will forecast, negotiate and control the resources needed to deliver the required development and support of Data Management and Processing tools to enable the R&I strategy.

You will work with the Technology directorate to develop tools to help manage the storage and life cycling of research data and monitor the availability and usage of the appropriate IT platforms employed to process and archive research and production data.

As Head of Data Management and Processing you will be responsible for people leadership across the teams within your area, promoting a culture of coaching and personal development, ensuring all team members develop the skills needed to meet the changing business requirements.

Along with the Heads of Science IT and Simulation IT, you will engage with Science leadership teams to ensure Science IT strategy is embedded across the whole Science directorate.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to inspire, lead and drive continual improvements; creating opportunities for everyone to share and develop their skills/experience and buy into change.
  • Demonstrated personal scientific and/or technical outputs that have significantly advanced an organisations capability.
  • Evidence of contributing to setting the strategic direction of Research and Innovation of an organisation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with partners and stakeholders to ensure science and technical delivery is fit for purpose and collaboration is delivering value for all partners.
  • Excellent communication skills leading open and honest communications with staff of all levels, being proactive and communicating clearly, confidently and with authenticity.
  • Proven ability to forecast, negotiate and control resources to successfully deliver science/ technical capabilities.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

We encourage you to apply if you believe you meet our essential criteria, but your application will be even stronger if you have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Data management and workflow challenges faced and solutions applied in the Met Office and/or other weather and climate centres.
  • Experience of working within large international collaborative projects, leading work packages.
How to apply

Click Apply and attach your CV and Cover Letter/Supporting Statement (which must bullet point how you meet each of the essential criteria).
Closing date 17/05/2022 at 23:59 with interviews commencing from 13/06/2022 . You will hear from us once the closing date has passed. Our interviews are taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams.

If successful, you will occasionally need to work at our state of the art office in Exeter for team days and face to face collaboration as required, we are unable to offer expenses for travel to your normal place of work. Please ask at interview how often this requirement is likely to be.

How we can help:

If you are considering applying and need assistance to do so, please contact us via You can request adjustments either within your application or by contacting us. 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.

You can select in your application to be considered under the Disability Confident (Guaranteed Interview) Scheme. To be invited to interview/assessment under this scheme, your application must meet the essential criteria for the role.

We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from those with all protected characteristics. We recruit on merit, fairness, and open competition in line with the Civil Service Code.

We can only accept applications from those eligible to live and work in the UK - please refer to GOV.UK for information. We require Security clearance, for which you need to have resided in the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years to be eligible. You will need to achieve full security clearance within your first 6 months with us before we confirm your employment.