Software Developer – Python- job post Met Office Exeter•Hybrid remote UK

Software Developer – Python

Location: Exeter HQ

Contract type: Permanent

Salary range: 30932  – 33925  GBP per year

Our reward package

We’re looking for an exceptional Software Developer – Python to help us make a difference to our planet. Our Software Developer – Python will work a hybrid pattern of homeworking and 1 day per week preferred in Exeter HQ , but this can be adjusted based on conversations with your line manager. 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. 

Why join us?

We invest in our people to unlock their full potential, we will support you to develop and thrive to be the best you can be.  The Met Office champions positive physical and mental health in the workplace and are committed to being an inclusive organisation, providing a working culture that actively values an equal and diverse workforce.  

As our Software Developer, your starting salary will be £30932.00 and you will have opportunities to progress to £33925.00 over time. New joiners to the Met Office will start on the salary band minima.

In addition you will be paid £2,500 per annum as a market supplement to reflect the demand for your skills. You will be paid this market driven allowance from April 2022 until March 2024 in your monthly pay whilst performing this role.

Your total reward package is potentially worth up to £45,625 annually, which includes basic salary, market supplement, potential corporate bonus and employer pension contributions.

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 arrange of retail, leisure and lifestyle categories

Who we are

We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science to deliver extraordinary impact and benefit across the globe. Our work helps people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive. 


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 

Find out more about our values – 

Job Purpose

This role is within the Consumer Digital team, who are responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting the public facing data services for the Met Office.

The primary programming language we use is Python to create and manage a variety of solutions that service data to our customers.

We are evolving our tool sets to provide capabilities to the general public to be able to make better informed weather decisions. These capabilities are part of the Met Office making best use of our supercomputer to work at the forefront of weather and climate science for protection, prosperity and well-being.

We will help you develop your skills, express yourself and make a real impact.
This is a unique opportunity to work with a cutting-edge development team that is creating vital tools on which the general public depend.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills (Experts by nature)

Proven ability of designing, implementing and delivering quality software using Amazon Web Services (We keep evolving) 

Good communication skills that adapt to all level of stakeholders (We’re better together) 

Self-motivated with the ability to prioritise, meet deadlines, and lead development activities

Demonstrable skills in Python software development

Demonstrable skills in AWS CDK

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

We encourage you to apply if you believe you meet our essential criteria, but your application will be even stronger if you have:

Experience of source control systems such as git

Experience of AGILE approach to software development

How to apply

If you share our values, we’d love to hear from you. Apply below using your CV and a Cover Letter/Supporting Statement which evidences how you meet each of the essential criteria – we recommend candidates use the CARL (Context, Action, Result and Learning) method for presenting evidence of skills. 

Closing date 06/07/2023 at 23:59 with interviews commencing from 11/07/2023. You will hear from us once the closing date has passed.

If successful, please note we are unable to offer expenses for travel to your normal place of work. Please ask at interview if you would like extra clarity on how often this requirement is likely to be. 

How we can help: 

If you are considering applying and need support to do so, please contact us via [email protected]. 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. 

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