Met Office - Non-Executive Directors x2

Body: Met Office
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Science & Technology
Location: Exeter
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 27 working days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 16/11/2020. Please note this date is subject to change.

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 14/12/2020. Please note this date is subject to change.

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Non-Executive Directors:  

The NED role has responsibility for:   

  • Providing effective contributions to the Board to help develop sound strategic direction for the Met Office;  
  • Providing challenge to the Executive Team in setting the strategic direction of the organisation, including advising on organisational targets and priorities. This will include holding the Executive Team to account for delivering the Met Office’s Corporate Plan and a major Transformation and Efficiency Programme;   
  • Working in partnership with the Chief Executive and other Board members as an ambassador and representative of the Met Office; and, 
  • Helping to ensure that the Board both supports and holds the Executive Team to account for the Met Office’s performance. 


Person Specification

Scientific NED  

Essential Criteria: 

  • An established and respected scientific leader, with a track record of working at the most senior level in leading research organisations; 
  • Experience at operating at the most senior levels in a scientific, commercial, academic or governmental environment; and, 
  • A strong track record of achieving objectives and encouraging innovation; and, 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders. 


Desirable Criteria:  

  • Established within the scientific community, and ideally internationally, with an extensive network of contacts; 
  • A professional understanding of research, science and innovation and/or interest in weather and climate science. 


Generalist NED

Essential Criteria: 

  • A strong track record of achieving objectives and encouraging innovation in either a public or private sector organisation; 
  • Strong analytical skills and judgement; 
  • The ability to challenge performance and support and encourage a culture of organisational and behavioural change; 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders; and, 
  • The ability to develop well defined strategies and pursue long-term goals as part of a team, including being able to challenge and support colleagues in order to reach consensus. 


Desirable Criteria:  

  • Ability to influence networks at a senior level in Government/commercial world to the benefit of the Met Office, opening opportunities for new collaboration, business and advice; stimulating innovation and steering the outputs of R&D to align with corporate strategy; 
  • Experience of operating in senior leadership position in a technology driven organisation with experience in developing and managing the risks around a technology strategy; and,  
  • Track record in leading the development of commercial strategies for new initiatives and products. 


Additional Information

The closing date for applications is 1st November at 23:00. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please tailor your application to meet specifically the criteria listed.

If you are shortlisted for the role, due diligence will be carried out and your referees are likely to be contacted.

You will be asked to prepare some identification documents if you are invited to an interview – further information will be provided at that stage.

Interviews are likely to be held remotely through Microsoft Teams.

How to Apply

To apply for this post please:

  • Complete the Application Form by clicking here
  • Submit your CV and separate supporting statement with the subject “Met Office, NED” to

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact Nadia Toma at


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

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