Technology & IT
When it comes to IT, we lead the way, and behind our world-class, innovative technology are world-class, innovative people.
Put simply, 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. That’s about as powerful as 40,000 home computers.
Behind our cutting edge, world class technology is 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.
Formed of over 300 expert technicians, our Technology and Information Services team is made up of some of the brightest technical minds around. The team is divided into four key sub-programmes: Core Data Production, Applications, Infrastructure and Service Transition, working with our teams of Business Analysts, Project Managers, Architects and IT Security staff.
Providing information is one thing. Helping people use it to its full potential is another. But that's exactly what the Core Data Production Programme is all about. The programme transforms huge amounts of data into digestible chunks and specialist systems. And they look after existing systems too – developing and enhancing both functionality and content.
They make sure that everyone from research scientists to forecasters can easily manage process, store and produce information. Setting up weather observation systems, storage management and other core processes, the team is split into expert groups, covering corporate management information, forecast model data, observations and data for customers.
KEY LANGUAGES: Java, Oracle, PLSQL, Python, Fortran, MongoDB
Once we've collected and sorted our data, we want to find different ways to get it to people. And with the use of mobile devices growing at an unprecedented rate, consumers now expect to access our information anywhere, anytime, on any device. This means a wide variety of challenges for our Applications team who develop everything from smartphone apps and engaging websites to visualisation systems for forecasters.
It’s up to our Applications people to translate forecast data into future-focused systems and applications. Overseeing the full development lifecycle, they create forecasting visualisation tools, commercial web applications, and customer-specific systems for organisations such as the Ministry of Defence and the Environment Agency. Our customers are varied so our interfaces and programmes must reflect this – ranging from complex structures used by industries to simple desktop widgets for home use.
KEY LANGUAGES AND TECHNOLOGIES: Java, Flex, HTML 5, XML, Python, JBoss, Tomcat
World-renowned, state-of-the-art infrastructure needs to be well looked after by the right people. For us, this means much more than just ‘IT Support’ – if our systems or networks aren’t working perfectly, this can prevent us from being able to carry out vital weather services that our customers and the public rely on.
The Infrastructure team is responsible for IT platforms, telecommunications and networks. They underpin an incredible level of support and services to ensure that our systems run smoothly and meet the needs of our business and our customers. We work with WAN, LAN, fixed and mobile telephony, Internet infrastructure and remote access systems. We also operate a range of complex IT systems including supercomputers and IBM mainframes, as well as the multiple access mass storage system and desktop services.
KEY LANGUAGES AND ENVIRONMENTS INCLUDE: Windows, Linux, AIX, networking technology such as CISCO, Oracle, Storage and IBM mainframe technologies
The Met Office provides a 24/7 capability all year round, providing key information to commercial and government customers when they need it most. The Production environment is one of the most advanced in UK government. A dedicated team of Service Transition professionals are responsible for continually assuring and managing changes to these systems. They also coordinate the many service providers, suppliers, development and project people involved in new releases of software, hardware and documentation. Our varied technologies and customer base provide constant interest and challenge for the team. Professional ITIL skills and experience are at the heart of this programme.
KEY DISCIPLINES: Functional & Technical Testing, Configuration Management, Knowledge Management and Release Management
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.
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.
Our Exeter headquarters is driven by technology. It’s home to our high performance supercomputers, where the majority of our world-class IT systems and services are created and where many of our brightest, game-changing ideas have been turned into industry-leading technology.
We are respected by the worldwide meteorological community as a leader in our field. Working in our Technology and Information Services team, not only will you be working with world-class IT, you’ll have opportunities to be part of this success.