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Quality Management Industrial Placement 2020

Salary notes: 
per Year Min 17000 Max 17000 In GBP
Job/scheme locations: 
Exeter HQ
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?:

As an Industrial Placement within the Observations team at the Met Office, you will be paid £17,000 pa and have the opportunity to spend 12 months (between July 2020- July 2021) working at the Met Office, helping to deliver an international observations programme and providing support and development for observations quality control software at the Met Office. This is an excellent opportunity to work on software engineering projects within a large science based organisation, putting your IT knowledge into practice within a web service based environment.

The Observations Quality Management Industrial Placement provides an exciting opportunity to see first-hand what we do and how we work internationally, as well as make a real impact that the Met Office truly values. With your industrial experience there is the potential, after obtaining your degree, to apply and join one of our teams when suitable graduate level vacancies are advertised.

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

Meteorological observations underpin Met Office operations, being essential to forecasting and climate services. They are used to initialise numerical weather prediction models, verify our forecasts, provide consultancy services and monitor climate change. Weather knows no national bounds and as such we plan and operate our observing networks collaboratively together with a wide range of international partners.

This role will work across two teams in the observations programme.

Team 1: The Met Office manages the European observing network by leading the observations component of EUMETNET, a grouping of 31 European National Meteorological Services. The activity includes a data quality monitoring function to assess the performance of the observing networks; this requires further automation to automatically process statistics and provide results via web-based services. An extension to this project will involve processing new observation types and making them available to users.

Team 2: The observations team is responsible for the quality management of surface meteorological observations that are used by a variety of customers and stored within our climate database. You will focus on developing improvements to the quality control software and supporting the routine management of our metadata database, which holds the information that describes where and how our measurements are made.

The Met Office Headquarters are based in Exeter, Devon where it is anticipated this position will be located, although there will be opportunities to spend some time working in Edinburgh with the Observations Transition and Data Quality Team.

Can I apply?:

To become a Quality Management Industrial Placement at the Met Office you will need to be someone who: 

  1. Is studying for an undergraduate degree with a significant numeracy, science and/or IT element which MUST incorporate a placement year (i.e. sandwich course).
  2. Possesses knowledge of at least one programming language (ideally with skills in Python and web development)
  3. Has a keen interest in IT and keeps up to date with current and future IT developments
  4. Has effective analytical and problem-solving skills
  5. Can plan and organise work using their own initiative
  6. Demonstrates evidence of good oral and written communication skills

As well as someone who can desirably demonstrate: 

  1. An appreciation of customer needs and the importance of good customer service
  2. A proven ability to work well as a member of a team
  3. Practical knowledge or experience of IT, ideally with database skills and knowledge of SQL.

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.

The next stage is a face to face interview at our headquarters in Exeter and that’s it!

Good luck!

Additional Information:

For operational reasons this post will be based in Exeter but with occasional travel and stay at our Edinburgh office for training and work experience.

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, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered. 

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