Junior Developer


Met Office

Listed on

10th June




£26,954 - £29,531



We're looking for an exceptional Junior Software Developer to help us make a difference to our planet.

As our Junior Software Developer, the job may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in the office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and the location advertised will be your contractual place of work.

Our opportunity is full time, 37 hours per week. Our people are at the heart of what we do and we'll do our best to agree a working pattern that works for everyone.

World changing work

From science to technology, from meteorology to management, and from planning to communication, our expertise helps us stand out as the authority on weather accuracy and climate prediction. We help individuals, industries and government to make better decisions to stay safe and thrive. This is the Met Office. This is who we are.

  • We're a force for good - focusing on our environmental and social impact

  • We're experts by nature - always learning and developing to do things better

  • We live and breathe it - putting our purpose at the heart of decision-making

  • We're better together - understanding partnerships and inclusivity make us greater

  • We keep evolving - pushing boundaries to make tomorrow better for our customers

Your world of expertise

As a Junior Software Developer, you will have space to learn and work with developers building and implementing technical solutions providing critical weather services to Met Office customers. The key duties include:

Your key duties

  • Develop skills while working under supervision to deliver stories in a multidisciplinary team

  • Understand and be proficient in different types of testing

  • Be aware of but not responsible for security

  • Coach and mentor more junior colleagues

You'll be the sort of person that is passionate about technology, loves solving problems and is enthusiastic to grow your technical skills.

This role is aligned to the Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework Junior Developer role level. For further information on these please refer to the relevant role: Software developer - Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework (ddat-capability-framework.service.gov.uk) on the GOV.UK website. We operate an on-call roster to provide 24/7/365 support to respond to operational service requirements. This post may be part of an on-call roster and the postholder would be required to participate in an on-call roster where in operation.

Why join us

Our work is life-changing, often life-saving and always life-enhancing. The Met Office is accredited as a 'Great Place to Work UK 2023' and in addition has achieved a place on both the UK's 'Best Workplaces in Tech' and 'Best Workplaces for Women' lists.

As our Junior Developer, your total reward package will be up to £29,154 annually, which includes:

  • £26,954 base pay

  • An outstanding Civil Service pension, with an average employer contribution of 27%

  • Recruitment Retention Allowance (RRA) you will be paid £2,200 per annum as a market supplement to reflect the demand for your skills. Whilst in post, you will be paid this market driven allowance from April 2024 until September 2025 in your monthly pay

  • 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

Essential Criteria, skills and experience:

  1. Programming and build (software engineering). design, code, test, correct and document simple programs or scripts under the direction of others.

  2. Systems Design. assist as part of a team in the design of components of larger systems.

  3. Modern Standards Approach. Explain the most important principles of a modern standards approach and how they apply to the work you are undertaking. Apply these principles under guidance.

  4. Service Support. Help fix faults following agreed procedures. Carry out agreed maintenance tasks on infrastructure.

How to apply

If you share our values, we'd love to hear from you! Click apply to begin your application. Please complete your career history and provide evidence against each of the essential criteria in the supporting statement questionnaire. We recommend candidates use the CARL method (Context, Action, Result and Learning) for presenting evidence of experience and skills.

Closing date Sunday 16/06/2024 at 23:59 with first stage interviews commencing from 01/07/2024. You will hear from us once the closing date has passed.

How we can help

If you are considering applying and need support 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 Scheme. To be invited to interview/assessment under this scheme, your application must meet the essential criteria for the role.

We understand that great minds don't always think alike and as an equal opportunities employer we welcome 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.

Contact Name: Polly Ransome

Reference: TJ/3181/metoffice/TP/405/174_1718017787

Job ID: 3327693

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