ECMWF – Deputy Director of Computing

ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, UK
Closing date: 19 April 2021

ECMWF is recruiting a Deputy Director of Computing. At the core of the department’s mission are state-of-the-art high-performance computing (HPC) facilities, storage solutions to support the world’s largest meteorological data archive and digital technologies solutions for the organisation.

The role is a senior management position reporting directly to and working closely with the Director of Computing on the strategy, development roadmap and 24/7 service provision of ECMWF’s mission-critical ICT infrastructure and services.

More than 60 technical and engineering staff, located in Reading and Bologna, provide HPC and data management solutions and ICT services to users of the ECMWF Departments of Research, Forecasts, Copernicus and Administration, as well as ECMWF’s external users in Member States and Co-operating States. The Computing Department actively researches the digital technology landscape for the benefit of ECMWF’s future operations of ECMWF’s highly demanding 365/24/7 HPC facility and supporting data archive, ensuring resilient and mission-critical computing services.

The successful candidate will lead the research of current and emerging technologies and will provide strategic insight into their potential for the strategic planning and development of ECMWF’s ICT architecture and technical designs, in particular in the fields of HPC, AI and data handling solutions, and will lead or contribute to relevant proposals for research and innovation actions.

As part of the Computing Department management team, the successful candidate will ensure the smooth running of the Department in the provision and delivery of leading-edge, mission-critical services to its users across the sections for high-performance computing and storage, platform and services, data centre operations and service delivery. They will prepare annual work plans and service development proposals for all areas of the Department’s activity in close collaboration with the relevant Heads of Section and will monitor and report on performance and efficiency. They will lead the preparation of the Department’s budget and ensure consistency across the different Sections They will coordinate and oversee the implementation of process improvements.

They will also represent the Department in cross-cutting working groups, lead projects, be responsible for the development of major business cases and acquisitions (such as HPC procurements) and support the Director of Computing in developing strategic thinking and preparing relevant documents such as the 4-year plan and 10-year strategy. They will deputise for the Director of Computing and represent ECWMF externally when required.

In this role, the Deputy Director of Computing develop strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders in ECMWF’s governing body and advisory committees, national meteorological services, HPC user community, HPC centres and related organisations, the relevant research community and ICT companies.

This post offers a wide variety of exciting challenges and opportunities to take the lead in critical activities for the Department and ECMWF.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Advising the Director of Computing and the Computing Department on strategy development and the design and delivery of leading-edge computing and data management technologies and services
  • Driving horizon scanning activities within the Department to identify emerging areas and development opportunities with potential for research and innovation actions and programmes focusing on the mission of the Computing Department, in particular in the fields of HPC, AI and data driven computing
  • Managing the further development of a state-of-the-art architecture and technical design of ICT infrastructures and services in close collaboration with the Section Heads
  • Providing strategic insight and identifying opportunities for the ongoing development of the Computing Department services to meet the changing needs of the Centre
  • Promoting scientific and technical excellence, advising on the identification and adoption of best practice, and driving continuous improvement processes across the Department
  • Contributing to the delivery of the ECMWF strategy, notably on key projects, in collaboration with the senior management of the Department and with stakeholders in the wider organisation
  • Leading, coordinating or contributing to large cross-cutting internal and external projects, including business cases for major developments and procurements, working groups and meetings
  • Fostering collaborations and coordinating services and projects with other ECMWF departments, third-party actives such as Copernicus and Destination Earth, and external organisations
  • Representing ECMWF externally in international bodies, formal co-operations, and partner organisations; engaging with the wider HPC community and being responsible for outreach activities such as the Workshop of the use of HPC in Meteorology
  • Leading the preparation, implementation and control of the Department’s Annual Budget
  • Coordinating the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the Department’s Annual Plan and objectives
  • Supporting the leadership of operational aspects of the Department’s work, by monitoring the implementation of key objectives, identifying risks & issues and leading the development and implementation of solutions
  • Deputizing for the Director of Computing as required

Other information
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A5 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £103,211.52 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-C as defined in the Staff Regulations.
Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.

Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: Four years, with the possibility of a further contract.


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