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Solutions Architect

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Recruiter: Met Office
Listed on: 11th November
Location: Exeter
Salary/Rate: £45,150 - £49,890
Type: Permanent

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Salary Information

The Met Office is recruiting for Solutions Architects based at our Exeter HQ with hybrid/ remote working.

Your total reward package is potentially worth up to £68,111 annually, which includes basic salary, market forces supplement, potential corporate bonus and employer pension contributions.

Your starting salary will be £45,150 with opportunities to progress to £49,890 over time. New joiners to the Met Office will start on the salary band minima.

You will receive a market forces supplement of £4500.00 per annum paid quarterly, pro-rated from the date of taking up the appointment to 31 March 2022 - this scheme is currently under review.

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

The Met Office is recruiting for Solutions Architects to join our fantastic team, working in an organisation with some of the most advanced technology within UK government and enabling the realisation of weather and climate science to services. We need great people to join us and help us exploit all of the technological benefits that the recent £1.2B investment in our supercomputer will bring.

We're looking for Solution Architects 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 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, AWS 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 website, and know that solutions that you helped to build are helping third world countries prepare for climate change.

We're globally connected and as a Met Office Solution Architect you can expect to be able to attend and speak at conferences and events in the UK and abroad. Events such as MetTech in Switzerland, AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas and AMS in Boston all of which will allow you to grow your own profile and network, whilst also forming critical relationships between the Met Office and global IT leaders.

We put our people at the heart of our decisions as an employer and aim to provide outstanding working conditions and career development opportunities. We will invest heavily in training and personal development to help you to reach your highest potential. You can expect to enjoy a flexible working day, we'll do our best to agree a working pattern that suits you.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Leadership and Governance - You can lead and mentor internal and external delivery teams with differing degrees of maturity working on concurrent deliveries. You collaborate with your colleagues to meet your area's goals in a secure sustainable manner. Have an agile driven mindset while being realistic to the internal constraints in any organisation. You can understand technical governance and participate in or deliver the assurance of a service.
  2. Bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical - You can translate technical concepts relating to software engineering, delivery management and service management so they are understood by all.
  3. Making and guiding decisions - You can make and guide effective decisions, explaining clearly how the decision has been reached. You must have the ability to understand and resolve technical disputes across varying levels of complexity and risk
  4. Turning business problems into solution designs -You can work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into secure technical designs. You can create an optimal design through an iterative process, aligning the user need with the system requirements and organisational objectives.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Strategy - You can produce a strategy for technology that meets business needs. You can create, refine and challenge patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements

2. Understanding the whole context -You can look beyond the immediate technical problem and identify the wider implications. You can 'zoom out' in 3 dimensions: knowing relevant historical context and future impact; understanding how current work fits in broader strategies; and looking for deeper underlying problems and opportunities.

How to apply

Click the 'apply' below and attach your CV and a Cover Letter which evidences how you meet the each of the essential criteria. Closing date 05/12/2021 at 23:59 with interviews commencing from 15/12/2021 . You will hear from us once the closing date has passed. Our interviews are taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams.

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.

Additional information

Whilst the team that you may join will depend on the skills you have and the business need, there is likely to be a growing future requirement to support the solutions that you build outside normal working hours. Although it is not expected that this will be required often, successful applicants would be expected to be able to provide this level of cover as required, depending on the service level agreements of the services supported by their team.