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We’re looking for an exceptional Project Manager (Level 3) to help us make a difference to our planet. Our Project Manager Level 3 will be responsible for managing our Weather & Climate Information Services (WISER) Asia Pacific project.

At the Met Office we embrace hybrid working. As our Project Manager we require you to be on site 1-2 days per month (dependent on project requirement) in Exeter HQ. You can choose to work more frequently in our state-of-the-art office if you’d prefer. 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.

As our Project Manager, your starting salary will be £45,150 and you will have opportunities to progress to £49,890 over time. New joiners to the Met Office will start on the salary band minima.

Your total reward package is potentially worth up to £62,245 annually, which includes basic salary, 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 a range of retail, leisure and lifestyle categories

This role aligns with Project Manager Level 3 in the UK Governments Project Delivery Capability Framework (PDCF) and will be positioned within the Sustainable Development Team in the Programmes Directorate at the Met Office.

Whilst this opportunity is aligned to Met Office’s WISER Asia/Pacific Programme, there may be future opportunities to move across to other Met Office projects and programmes.

Who we are


We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science, to help people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.

Together:

  • 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 by visiting our career page.

The Met Office Weather and Climate Information Services (WISER) family of programmes support initiatives to build resilience to the effects of climate change through coproducing and ;strengthening weather and climate information services.

The WISER Programme Team works in partnership with Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the global meteorological community, national governments, development agencies and NGOs, to deliver enhanced worldwide weather and climate services ;that protect life and property and contribute to sustainable development.

We act as a strategic partner to deliver FCDO objectives and support countries to strengthen their own weather and climate capability, policies and services.

Job Purpose


As our Project Manager Level 3, the key duties are:

  • Project Management: responsibility for the development of work plans and day-to-day oversight of projects and task management of internal and regional teams. Set project controls, aligning to appropriate delivery methodologies alongside the effective application of leadership and management controls. Manage the effective and efficient transition between stages of the project lifecycle. Work in collaboration with our MEL professionals and regional partners to monitor, and learn from performance against outputs and outcomes as per the Programme Theory of Change.
  • Project Leadership: translate programme management strategies into project delivery objectives for the team and inspire delivery contribution.
  • Project Design and Delivery: oversee the co-design, capacity building and delivery of WISER projects with Implementing Partners.
  • Budget: in close alignment with the WISER Programme Manager, develop, report and communicate project budgets.
  • Stakeholder Management: identify and manage stakeholder relationships and need for senior level support. Work with international Implementing Partners, providing capacity development & guidance.
  • Cross-team Collaboration: actively contribute and strengthen the P3M community of practise within the Programmes Directorate and share knowledge across the Met Office.
  • Risks & Issue Management: identify, monitor and report project risks and issues. Develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate. Identify and work with related projects to manage interdependencies.
  • Governance: support effective project governance and decision making. Develop and oversee external and internal reporting processes and outputs.
  • Assurance: engage with assurance reviews and support action on recommendations. Organise and deliver assurance processes such as annual reviews, as required.
  • Change Management: ensure effective Change Management processes are in place to agree and document changes to deliverables as agreed with stakeholders.
  • Guidance & Support: provide support, guidance and coaching for the Programme team task reports. Show commitment to personal development. Promote effective individual and team performance.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities


  1. An experienced Project Manager with evidence of leading multiple moderate/high complexity projects, preferably in an International Development context (We’re experts by nature).
  2. Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills, with an ability to secure successful outcomes with multiple internal and external stakeholders at all levels (We’re better together).
  3. Managing priorities, experience of coordinating multiple activities and shifting demands, with the ability to prioritise and simplify complexity (We keep evolving).
  4. Timely decision-making, demonstrating an ability to identify and implement effective solutions that strengthen project delivery capability.
  5. A willingness and ability to travel internationally, with a strong understanding of working overseas and in different cultural settings (We live and breathe it).
  6. Project management qualification e.g. PRINCE2 Practitioner and/or APM (Association for Project Management) PMQ Certificate, or equivalent experience and a willingness to work towards certification (We’re experts by nature).

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 02/07/2023 at 23:59 with interviews commencing from 20/07/2023 . You will hear from us once the closing date has passed. Our interviews are taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams.

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 assistance 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 (Guaranteed Interview) Scheme. To be invited to interview/assessment under this scheme, your application must meet the essential criteria for the role.

We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming 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.

Applications close on
July 2nd, 2023

Salary
£45,150


Organisation profile
WISER at Met Office

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