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DevOps Engineer - LMA -Met Office

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Full-time (Permanent)
£33,794 - £36,235
Published on
23 May 2024
9 June 2024

DevOps Engineer - LMA

Met Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 9th June 2024


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£33,794 - £36,235

Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

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Higher Executive Officer

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Information Technology

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Exeter, South West England, EX1 3PB

About the job

Job summary

We’re looking for an exceptional DevOps Engineer - LMA to help us make a difference to our planet.

As our DevOps Engineer - LMA, the job may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in the office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and the location advertised will be your contractual place of work.

Our opportunity is full time, 37 hours per week. 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.

World changing work

From science to technology, from meteorology to management, and from planning to communication, our expertise helps us stand out as the authority on weather accuracy and climate prediction. We help individuals, industries and government to make better decisions to stay safe and thrive. This is the Met Office. This is who we are.

  • 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

Job description

Your world of expertise

You will be joining the Logging, Monitoring and Alerting (LMA) team within the Met Office, focused on helping developers, engineers, scientists and support staff manage the health and well-being of the numerous services that make up the Met Office business. Your team will be multi-disciplined, covering the breadth of the Met Office estate, including Cloud based services and on-premise systems, ranging from the supercomputer to a Raspberry Pi.

LMA are responsible for providing a toolset to support the consistent process for gathering, storing and accessing log and metric data across the whole Met Office estate, whether the source is on premise, built in the Cloud or consumed as Software as a Service and a consistent method of alerting our 24x7 support teams to issues within systems and services, through a single "pane of glass", reducing the chances of issues being missed, the training overhead on the support teams and reducing the overall response time.

Your key duties

To lead work packages on the evolution, support, and development of a range of services within the Logging, Monitoring and Alerting Team, with a focus on consolidation and optimisation of services onto Cloud computing.

To support the Met Office developer/support community, providing technical expertise, help, and guidance on how to integrate new systems into our service portfolio, including helping troubleshoot/fix problems with existing integrations.

You will be joining this busy team, as we continue to exploit Cloud based services and embrace Agile ways of working. You will be gaining valuable experience, working on a mixture of on premise and Cloud based platforms, helping to develop and operationally support services that span both environments.

Person specification

Essential Criteria, skills and experience:

  1. Collaborative team player with experience of working within an operational IT environment. (We’re better together)
  2. Experience of working within a Cloud computing environment, developing, and delivering services.
  3. Ability to taking ownership and lead on work packages/projects, managing resources to fulfil expected outcomes, conveying technically complex information effectively with customers and stakeholders at all levels.
  4. A strong technical background and a genuine ability to solve complex technical problems, demonstrating you have also considered the ‘bigger picture’, ensuring service continuity and customer satisfaction. (We’re experts by nature)
  5. Experience of writing quality code, ideally in Python.

Desirable Criteria: 

We encourage you to apply if you believe you meet our essential criteria, but we’re also keen to discover if you have:

  1. Ability to coach and mentor junior colleagues, to facilitate knowledge sharing and improve wider team capability.
  2. Awareness of ITIL best practice and use of IT service Management tools such as JIRA/ServiceNow to help manage the team’s workload.
  3. Experience of development and delivery using Agile principles.


Alongside your salary of £33,794, Met Office contributes £9,124 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

Why join us

Our work is life-changing, often life-saving and always life-enhancing. The Met Office is accredited as a 'Great Place to Work UK 2023' and in addition has achieved a place on both the UK's 'Best Workplaces in Tech' and 'Best Workplaces for Women' lists.

As our DevOps Engineer - LMA, your total reward package will be up to £49,174 annually, which includes:

  • £33,794 base pay
  • An outstanding Civil Service pension, with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Recruitment Retention Allowance (RRA)  you will be paid £2,200 per annum as a market supplement to reflect the demand for your skills. Whilst in post, you will be paid this market driven allowance from April 2024 until September 2025 in your monthly pay
  • 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

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Selection process details

How to apply

If you share our values, we’d love to hear from you. Apply below with your CV and provide evidence against each of the essential criteria in the supporting statement questionnaire. We recommend candidates use the CARL method (Context, Action, Result and Learning) for presenting evidence of experience and skills.

Closing date Sunday 09/06/2024 at 23:59 with first stage interviews commencing from 24/06/2024. You will hear from us once the closing date has passed.

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