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Software Developer

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Recruiter: Met Office
Listed on: 29th July
Location: Exeter
Salary/Rate: £30,932 - £33,925
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Our reward package

The Met Office is recruiting for a Software Developer to join the team at this exciting time.

The starting salary will be £30,932 with opportunities to progress to £33,925 over time. This role attracts a market forces supplement of £1,125 per annum paid quarterly, pro-rated from the date of taking up the appointment to 31 March 2022 - this scheme is currently under review.

Our total reward package is potentially worth up to £45,585 per annum, which includes basic salary, market supplement, potential corporate bonus, employer pension contributions.

The Benefits:

  • Outstanding Civil Service pension
  • Discretionary corporate bonus
  • 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
  • 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

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK. We believe that well supported teams deliver the most effective outcomes and that's why you will enjoy the benefits of a flexible working day, aligned as much as possible around you and your lifestyle.

Who we are

The weather. It impacts all of us, all the time. But for some people, those impacts can mean real suffering. Landslides, floods, snowfall, and other extreme weather events can cost lives.

At the Met Office, we can't control the weather, but we can try to forecast these life changing events and help to reduce the impacts by allowing people time to prepare. We're great at doing this already, but we can be better, and that's why we need your help.

The UK Government has invested heavily in Met Office IT, with a £1.2B investment in a new supercomputer capability that will help us to increase our forecasting capability, but IT is only as good as the teams that can exploit it.

We're looking for developers to work with us to create outcomes from this investment, people who want to make a difference to the world we live in, who want to save lives and livelihoods across the world, not just in the UK.

A career at the Met Office opens a wealth of opportunities to not only work with world class partners, such as Microsoft, ESRI, Amazon and many others, but also to challenge them to create solutions for Met Office problems.

You'll be able to see your work on millions of devices through our award winning weather app, and know that solutions that you helped to build are helping the world prepare for the impacts of climate change.

We see our developers as future technical leaders and that's why we invest heavily in training and development opportunities, not only in technical skills, but also in leadership and management, with the aim of helping you to be all that you be.

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're the Met Office, come and join us and help us to make a difference.

Job Purpose

As part of the Solutions Delivery team, you will deliver and integrate secure well-engineered software to form operational services for a range of users. Providing valuable weather and climate information and services, our work enables the public and industry to make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.

You will:

  • plan and lead development on sets of related stories
  • have an understanding of the whole system and take responsibility for teaching this to others work with other disciplines to understand what needs to be built
  • coach and mentor more junior colleagues help operate and support the production services you build find ways to improve system robustness, resilience and stability

Job Responsibilities

  • Designs, codes (or configures), tests and documents software solutions, and provides application support for the production services they build.
  • Increases the quality and pace of delivery of their team by utilising a standard technology toolset to automate testing, deployment etc.
  • Takes an active role in software development events, such as daily scrums, sprint planning, refinement etc.
  • Works with other disciplines to understand what needs to be built
  • Manages, mentors and guides other staff. Involvement in relevant Communities of Practice. Contributes to the creation of technology and process standards, pro-actively researching and recommending the use of technology to help the work of the department
  • Continually develops own skills as part of a programme of professional development

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Proven ability to design, code, test and document programs or scripts of medium to high complexity, using the right standards and tools.
  2. Proven experience of testing best practice, for example Test Driven Development;
  3. Proven experience of collaborating with others to deliver and support production services;
  4. Excellent communication skills with the ability to present complex technical subjects to architects, developers and other less technical Met Office colleagues and collaborators.
  5. Have an appreciation of information security, designing solutions and services with security controls embedded.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Experience working with geospatial data, standards and systems;
  2. Experience working with agile methodologies;
  3. Experience of automating software deployments using Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment.

How to apply and additional 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 states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Interviews commencing from 26/08/2021 . We update all applicants once the vacancy has closed and applications have been reviewed. At present, all interviews are taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from those with all protected characteristics.

We recognise that Great Minds Don't Think Alike and are committed to being a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We are a Disability Confident, Mindful Employer and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness, and open competition.

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

We offer disabled applicants the option of requesting their application is considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme. To be invited to interview/assessment under this scheme, your application must meet the minimum criteria for the role. 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.

We can only accept applications from those eligible to live and work in the UK - please refer to GOV.UK for information. Our roles sometimes require higher level Security Clearance, which generally requires living in the UK for at least three out of the last five years, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.