Met Office, Remuneration Committee Chair and Non-Executive Director (URN 598)

Body: Met Office
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Science & Technology
Location: Flexible. Most Board meetings take place face to face at the Met Office premises in Exeter and other stakeholder locations around the UK. Some Board meetings and many Committee meetings are conducted virtually.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum. Remuneration and expenses are taxable.
Time Requirements: 27 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    November 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    December/January 2023

  • Announcement

    March/April 2023


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Met Office is the UK’s National Meteorological Service and an internationally renowned centre for weather and climate services and science.It is at the forefront of research and innovation, having provided world-leading weather forecasting services for more than 150 years and cutting-edge climate science and services for over three decades. It is currently building a ground-breaking new supercomputing platform, in partnership with Microsoft, in order to continue to develop the accuracy and impact of the services it delivers. Its well-known public services are a part of everyday life for the British people, but it also provides a range of vital services to many parts of HM Government, including to the UK’s Armed Forces in the conduct of their international operations. The Met Office’s research supports the UK’s work on climate change, in particular through its significant contribution to the UN IPCC and its support for the Government at COP26 in Glasgow. The Met Office also plays an important role in the wider economy providing accurate forecasts to industry, supporting the transport, leisure, utilities and retail sectors, to name but a few.These diverse services lie at the organisation’s heart, driving its purpose working at the forefront of weather and climate science for protection, prosperity and well-being, helping people stay safe and thrive.

Further information about The Met Office can be found here.

The Role

The Non-Executive Director (NED) role has responsibility for:

• Providing effective contributions to the Met Office Board to help develop sound strategic direction for the Met Office.

• Chairing the Remuneration Committee to provide appropriate incentive to the Executive Team and hold them to account in delivering the Met Office’s performance.

• 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, implementing the new supercomputer programme, and transforming the organisation to deliver the socio-economic benefits that flow from the programme.

• Working in partnership with the Chief Executive and other Board members as an ambassador and representative of the Met Office.

Person Specification


Essential Criteria

Lead Criteria 1: A strong track record in a senior leadership position of delivering strategic transformation and achieving objectives in a public or private sector organisation.

Lead Criteria 2: Experience of leading and implementing effective people and talent management strategies, coupled with experience of incentivisation and remuneration for senior management teams.[This experience should be as a senior leader, not necessarily as a people expert, and would benefit from experience of public sector pay and processes].

• Strong analytical skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues clearly, coupled with the ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum or policy and management issues.

• The ability to challenge performance and support and encourage a culture of organisational and behavioural change.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Desirable Criteria

• Experience of operating in a senior leadership position in a technology and/or research and innovation driven organisation with experience of delivering change and managing risks around this.

• Ability to influence networks at a senior level in Government or the commercial world to the benefit of the Met Office, opening opportunities for new partnerships and collaboration.

• Management experience and knowledge of effective governance at a senior level in complex organisations in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

• Experience of managing relations, developing partnerships or conducting business with international or multinational governments, NGOs or commercial organisations.

How to Apply

Your application is submitted in two parts.

Both parts must be submitted by 23:00 on 1st November 2022 in order for your application to be considered complete. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Part one: CV and Statement of Suitability

• Please send one document combining a two-page statement of suitability and two-page CV (no more than four sides of A4 in total). We would recommend this be sent in as a PDF. The key to a good application is to give the reader specific information about how you meet the criteria for appointment. Think about your knowledge, skills, experience and personal attributes, and take full advantage of the space available. Provide practical evidence that best demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria

• Save the document as ‘Surname, First initial URN598 Met Office.(please do not add characters such as -,_,!)

• Send to with URN598 –Met Office in the subject heading.

Part two: Diversity Monitoring and Conflict of Interest Form.

• Complete this form. Under section 14 of the Diversity form – Please provide a summary of your career history, setting out your current or most recent role(s); relevant previous roles; and any board appointments (if applicable). Please do not use acronyms and limit your response to approximately 250 words. This section is not assessed however the information here will be used when creating a biography list which will be reviewed throughout the process.

Candidate Pack - Met Office RemCom 598

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

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