Feb 272019

Chair - Public Weather Service Customer Group

Body: Public Weather Service Customer Group
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Defence, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: London and UK various
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The full remuneration package will be up to £20,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: 54 days work per annum.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 20/02/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 24/03/2019
  • Panel Sift: 10/04/2019
  • Final Interview Date: 14/05/2019
  • Announcement: TBC

Assessment Panel

  • Steph Hurst - Panel Chair - Deputy Director, International Science and Innovation • Departmental Official
  • Deidre Mackle - Director of DfI Rivers, the flood defence and drainage authority for Northern Ireland. • Representative of Organisation
  • Dr Alison Walker-Fraser - Independent Member

Vacancy Description

The Public Weather Service Customer Group (PWSCG) is an independent body which acts as the customer on behalf of the public and public sector users of the Public Weather Service (PWS). It provides independent advice to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to enable the formal agreement of the PWS Customer-Supplier Agreement (CSA) between Government and the Met Office.

It is responsible for defining the outputs required from the Met Office and holding them to account for delivering to a satisfactory level. The funding for the PWS is currently around £120M per annum, of which £100M is paid by BEIS.

The PWS provides a coherent range of weather information and weather-related warnings that enable the UK public and professional bodies to make informed decisions in their day-to-day activities, to optimise or mitigate against the impact of the weather, and to contribute to the protection of life, property and basic infrastructure. Outputs of the PWS include:

  • The National Severe Weather Warning Service;
  • Free at point of use weather forecasts for the public across a range of channels;
  • Advice and services for the civil contingency community;
  • Making PWS data available for reuse;
  • Developing the infrastructure required to underpin all Met Office and UK weather services. This includes the observational, science, computing, IT and forecasting capability required to drive continuous improvements in the accuracy, detail and relevance of forecasts; and,
  • Driving maximum value from the UK’s subscriptions to international weather organizations.

More information is available at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/what/pws/customer-group

Person Specification

As the Chair of the PWSCG, you will have an important and demanding role and will be responsible for ensuring the effective operation of the PWSCG.

Your application should demonstrate senior strategic level experience from either the public or private sector with insight into, and experience of, working with senior professionals to gain consensus and drive effective delivery and value for money.

Your application should demonstrate the following:

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Experience of managing strategic commercial relationships and delivery arrangements actively and effectively to provide ongoing value for money to the taxpayer, ideally in the context of science and technology;
  • Be able to develop an in-depth insight into the dynamics and issues surrounding the Public Weather Service;
  • Be able to manage and mitigate risks and options when making decisions and when required be able to make unpopular decisions and defend them at the highest level;
  • Excellent communication, networking, influencing and negotiation skills;
  • Be able to confront issues and challenge assumptions at the highest levels, no matter how uncomfortable, in an assertive yet constructive way.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • An understanding of meteorology and knowledge of the role of the Public Weather Service;
  • An understanding of corporate governance; and
  • An understanding of public sector accountabilities.

Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 24th March 2019, 2300 hrs.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Please submit the following documents by email to publicappointments@beis.gov.uk

  • A Covering Letter
  • A CV
  • Candidate Application Form
  • Diversity form

Please ensure that you include “PWSCG Chair” in the subject box.


This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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