Human Resources

We strive to both attract and retain the best people, securing high levels of engagement and commitment throughout the time people work for us. We call this the 'employee lifecycle' and to achieve it we concentrate on:

  • Building an employer brand, so the Met Office is seen as an employer of choice and a great place to work.
  • Defining the skills and capabilities we need to deliver both now and in the future.
  • Defining our target talent pools and using effective tools to attract the types of people we need.
  • Deploying effective selection methods to ensure we get the very best person for every job we have.
  • Investing in the development of our staff to equip them with the skills we need them to have, now and in the future.
  • Investing in those with the potential to fulfil future senior people leadership and specialist expert positions.
  • Refining and exploiting our performance management processes to drive individual and team contribution.
  • Ensuring that the careers and rewards we offer enable us to attract and retain talent and drive performance and productivity.

The purpose of the corporate HR function is to shape and champion these lifecycle aspects and enable and support line managers in getting the best out of their people. Professional HR skills and experience are necessary for most positions at HR Advisor level and above. You will also need business acumen and commercial awareness to enable you to get to know your business area and the challenges they face, tailoring effective people management initiatives and solutions.

Current HR role
Job titleMain purpose
HR AssistantProvide a frontline HR administration service to business customers and HR to ensure that reasonable customer expectations and business needs are met.
HR Co-ordinatorCo-ordinate the provision of a frontline HR administration service to business customers and HR to ensure that reasonable customer expectations and business needs are met.
HR Employee Relations AdvisorProvide professional HR support and operational advice to line managers in order to help them secure improved productivity and behaviour from their staff.
HR Reward AdvisorEnsure that employees are remunerated in a timely and accurate way, and that the business is provided with support so as to maximise the corporate pay bill.
HR Learning & Development AdvisorTo partner the business providing selection, assessment and organisational development advice to improve hire quality and improve individual performance.
HR Business PartnerProvide professional HR support and advice to line managers to enable the achievement of strategic business objectives.
HR ManagerTo lead and deliver on key HR policy and process areas (e.g. Learning and Development, Resourcing, Reward) to enable effective and efficient people management across the Met Office.
Head of HRCo-ordinate the HR activity programme ensuring best use of resources and development of capabilities in order that the Met Office has a productive workforce capable of executing the corporate plan.

Professional skills

The Human Resources Professional Skills Framework sets out the specialist technical skills you need for each human resource role. The skills are derived from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Professional Skills for Government standards and are adapted for the Met Office. Management and leadership roles also require skills taken from the Leadership and Management profession.

The principal broad specialist skills areas in HR are:

  • Business awareness
  • Employee resourcing
  • Reward and recognition
  • Learning and development
  • Employee relations and engagement

Last updated: 9 January 2013