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Operational Meteorology Technician Industrial Placement 2020

Salary notes: 
per Year Min 17000 Max 17000 In GBP
Job/scheme locations: 
UK - Various
Type of opportunity: 
Closing date: 

Our Industrial Placement scheme offers ambitious, capable undergraduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside experts in their field.

Why should I choose the Met Office?:

We are looking for Operational Meteorological Technician Industrial Placements to join one of our teams in either Exeter, Aberdeen or various locations across our Defence network for 12 months (between July 2020 - July 2021). You will be paid £17,000 pa plus any applicable allowances (e.g. Unsocial Hours) and we will provide you with some initial training at our Met Office College in Exeter. The training will depend on the team you are joining but may include observations, basic meteorology and media script writing. You will then spend a period of time refining these skills during on the job training, before going live on an operational roster.

There will also be exposure to Met Office operations, science, and continuous service improvement programs. The role will provide a substantial contribution to elements of the Met Office’s development programme, as well as playing a part in ensuring the efficient running of operational aspects. Some national travel may be required, perhaps with occasional overnight stays. There may be opportunities for overseas travel, working at one of our defence locations.

Successful completion of the OMT Industrial Placement year will result in a conditional offer for the OMFC (Operational Meteorological Foundation Course) the following year, subject to completion of your degree.

Tell me a little more about what you do...:

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 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 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 across a number of sectors including our public weather service and Defence.

Can I apply?:

To become an Operational Meteorology Technician Industrial Placement at the Met Office you will need to be someone who:

  1. Is studying for an undergraduate degree in meteorology, a physical science, mathematics, engineering or IT which MUST incorporate a placement year (i.e. sandwich course).
  2. Holds A-level mathematics or AS physics or hold the direct equivalent (e.g. IB, Scottish Highers). If you do not hold A-level mathematics or AS physics qualifications (or the direct equivalent) you will need to supply alternative evidence that you meet the pre-requisite standard as outlined below*.
  3. Is able to demonstrate your interest in the weather and how it impacts on you.
  4. Has the ability to plan and organise work using own initiative

As well as someone who can desirably demonstrate:

  1. Evidence of contributing effectively as a member of a team and an understanding of the importance of building and maintaining good working relationships.
  2. An appreciation of customer needs and the importance of good customer service
  3. Proven ability to ensure people get the information they need, on time and in an appropriate manner and format
  4. Evidence of good oral communication skills

How do I apply?:

If you think this role sounds perfect for you and you meet the above requirements, then please follow these two simple steps…

  • Click on the link below to apply directly on our website
  • Fill out the online application and give as much evidence as possible against the skills required

When will I hear if I have been shortlisted?:

We will be accepting applications until Sunday 8th March. During this time, we may get in touch if you are unfortunately not eligible or we have spotted something missing from your application. Otherwise, you can expect to hear from us before the 31st March once the hiring manager has reviewed all the applications received. We often receive a high number of applications so it can take a little while to look at each one but we always let people know the outcome.

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.

Good luck!

Additional Information:

This is a temporary role for 12 months. The post-holder will be expected to work from any of our forecasting locations in the UK. This may be either in Exeter HQ or at one of our frontline sites on either a defence site or at a civil location e.g. Heathrow. There may also be opportunities to work overseas for part of the year at one of our overseas defence locations. This role is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to gain experience in partnership working and working across operations – applied science – IT disciplines. The role demands a great deal of collaborative working.

This full-time 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.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years.

We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, with an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality and an LGBTi network.

*Required standard of mathematics and physics for the OMFC
As we intend to help you develop your skills to be able to secure a place on our Operational Meteorology Foundation Course after you graduate, which uses many of the physical and mathematical concepts covered at A-level and prior knowledge of one of the following topics is expected:

  • Mathematics: Linear algebra and vector calculus; Differential and integral calculus; Ordinary and partial differential equations; Probability theory and statistics.
  • Physics: Fundamentals of mechanics; Basic thermodynamics; Wave theory/fluid motion; Basics of electromagnetic radiation/electromagnetism.

Competence in the maths or physics topics listed above will be tested in a technical test as part of the selection process.

If you do not hold A-level mathematics or AS or A-level physics qualifications (or the direct equivalent) you will need to supply alternative evidence that you meet the pre-requisite standard in addition to your application form This could be successful completion of a university foundation year in science or successful completion of degree modules that make significant use of the mathematics and physics topics listed above. In these instances, please provide a syllabus outline or a link to online module descriptors.

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