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Job Description

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

The WISER Programme Manager will be responsible for managing three Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funded programmes within the WISER family at the Met Office; WISER Africa, WISER MENA (Middle East and North Africa), and our WISER Asia and Pacific Programme. The Met Office WISER family of programmes support initiatives to build resilience to the effects of climate change through co-producing 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.

This role aligns with Programme 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.

As our Programme Manager Level 3, your starting salary will be £57171.00 and you will have opportunities to progress to £62687.00 over time. New joiners to the Met Office will start on the salary band minima and will be expected to work a hybrid pattern of homeworking and from our Exeter HQ.

Your total reward package is potentially worth up to £78410.00 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

Who we are

We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science, to help 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

The Programme Manager Level 3 is responsible for the successful delivery of outcomes, including the establishment and maintenance of appropriate governance and assurance, monitoring progress, managing risks and issues and ensuring the business readiness for change.

As our Programme Manager, the key accountabilities are:

  • Programme Performance & Controls: Maintain overall integrity and coherenceof programme and project governance framework in alignment with Met Office and FCDO requirements to support successful delivery, including the creation of the six-monthly FCDO reports;
  • Programme Leadership: set andcascade programme management strategy and translate into delivery objectives for the team and inspire delivery contribution. Lead the WISER family of programmes to deliver their FCDO Proposals to achieve outcomes and impact;
  • Financial Management: management of programme budgets, development of reports and strong communication with stakeholders;
  • Cross-team Collaboration:provide programme management leadership within the Programmes Directorate and share knowledge across the Met Office; contributing to strengthening an effective P3M community of practise;
  • Communications & Stakeholder Management: manage complex customer requirements with confidence through maintaining good communication and engagement. Identify and manage internal and external relationships, including delivery partners, reporting escalations through appropriate channels. Work collaboratively with cross-directorate stakeholders including active engagement and collaboration with the PMO to enhanceand improve programme management best practice.
  • Resource Management: secure resources and direct planning scheduling, resourcing and estimating for complex, high value/risk andlarge-scale programmes. Provide appropriate direction and guidance;
  • Risk Management: oversee risk and issue management. Ensure mitigations are in place and resolved through negotiated agreement;
  • Dependency Management: workwith Senior Project Managers to ensure project delivery dependencies are actively managed, act as an arbiter and enforcer and resolve issues between the various elements of the programme;

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
An experienced Programme Manager with a proven track record of leading multiple, complex and high value programmes.Demonstrable ability to build and maintain complex relationships including strong skills around communication, negotiation and influence at senior levels.Experience of delivering International Development programmes for key customers such as FCDO, applying FCDO’s programme management tools and techniques – including Logframes and the Theory of Change.Exemplary leadership and management skills with experience of cascading vision and translating into delivery objectives across a multi-disciplinary team.Excellent analytical skills, underpinned with sound judgement under pressure, and the ability to identify resolutions for critical decisions, risks and issues at a programme or portfolio level.A willingness and ability to travel internationally, with a strong understanding of working overseas and in different cultural settings.Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner with a combination of other P3M qualifications in alignment with PDCF, or equivalent experience of complex Programme Management.

How to apply

If you share our values, we’d love to hear from you. Apply below using your CV and Cover Letter/Supporting Statement (which must bullet point how you meet each of the essential criteria).

Closing date 31/03/2023 at 23:59 with interviews commencing from 17/04/2023. 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.

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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.

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