Technology & IT
Information on careers in technology and IT with the Met Office
Without technology the Met Office wouldn’t be where it is today. Technology is key to every area of our work – from science and forecasting to marketing and consultancy. Without it, our world-leading meteorological forecasts and products would not exist, and our vision; to be recognised as the best weather and climate change service in the world would be, quite simply, unachievable.
When it comes to Information Technology, we lead the way. We’re constantly pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the game, exploiting technology to keep people safe, enable industries to operate, aircraft to take off and land safely, and Government to make key decisions. Working with global partners such as NASA, our IT projects reach as far as Space.
State of the art networking infrastructure lay the foundations for our raw data all around the world – from satellites and radars to ground and ship based observing stations. We use supercomputers to run our forecast models and predict the weather. Our new supercomputer processes 1,200 trillion calculations per second, Equivalent to 40,000 home computers. In addition, Met Office scientists rely on a network of Linux computers to handle the large volumes of data required and for visualising model output and creating forecasts.
Behind our cutting edge, world class technology are innovative, world class people. The Technology and Information Services programme drives our IT operations from concept, through development, to service delivery. They design, build and support the systems that deliver relied-upon forecasts 24/7, all over the world to meet the needs of our organisation and, most importantly, our customers.
At the Met Office, we get reliable information on the weather and climate out to customers — fast. This information consists of automated and human intervened products and services with inbuilt quality control to ensure that accuracy and timeliness are maintained at all times.
The Technology Directorate is organised into 5 key functions:
- Plan - planning and managing the portfolio of work for the programme
- IT Applications - building new IT services and capabilities for our wide range of customers
- Service Transition - managing the transition of those services and capabilities into operations
- IT Infrastructure & Operations - managing the Met Office IT infrastructure and operational delivery of our IT services;
- Information Assurance & Security - managing the accreditation of our systems and services alongside operational IT security.
As we house over 400 IT professionals at Met Office HQ in Exeter. This means that we recruit for just about every IT vacancy imaginable, including at senior/head level. Examples of the types of position we regularly recruit for:
Software Developer, Senior Software Developer, Cyber Security Analyst, Java Developer, UX Design Lead, Web Developer, IT Support Analyst, IT Security Analyst, Architects
The career possibilities for Technology and Information Services are varied and first class, just like our technology. That’s because we’re as focused on developing our people as we are our systems. Our widely-recognised IT Professional Skills Framework helps our staff make the most of their career in technology. Our project management career framework is similarly based around industry best practice.
Whilst some of our systems and applications are unique, we don’t expect you to come in and know it all. Nor do we necessarily expect you to come from a meteorological background. We invest in your development: we’ll give you the right tools, the training and the support to help you do make the most of your career with us.
With endless opportunities to work with ever-evolving technologies, the days are never dull for our Technology & IT people. You’ll never be pigeon holed either, opportunities range across our IT and Project management roles.
What we look for
We recruit at different levels, from trainee through to experienced IT professionals. The skills and qualifications that you need will vary from role to role, and will be clearly outlined in adverts and profiles. While we don’t expect you to know everything, it’s fundamental that you’re keen to learn and develop your skills.
Our technology needs analytical, inquisitive minds: people who aren’t afraid to think outside the box, people who don’t shy away from complex challenges and love applying their skills to solve problems. We need hands-on, get-up-and-go people who are as genuinely passionate about technology as we are. Again like us, you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to technology, with a keen understanding of current and future IT developments.
Your softer skills are just as important as your technical ones. You’ll be a real team player but also comfortable working from your own initiative and managing your time. As an organisation, we’re dedicated to delivering excellent service to our customers and so will you be. User-focused, your work will demonstrate how well you understand the needs of our customers.