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Job of the Week: Director of Computing at ECMWF

ECMWF in the UK is seeking a Director of Computing in our Job of the Week.

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an independent intergovernmental organization supported by 34 Member and Co-operating States. The Centre provides its members with world-leading global weather predictions, climate monitoring, air quality forecasts and operates a supercomputer and archive data centre for the benefits of its members and the wider weather and climate communities.

Supercomputing capability plays a key role in ECMWF’s success and in its ability to implement its strategic vision to 2025. In order to meet the required flexibility for future growth, ECMWF’s data centre is being relocated to Bologna, Italy and will be operational in 2020. The new Director of Computing will be responsible for delivering this challenging transition, fit-out and transformation, whilst ensuring that ECMWF’s computing capability continues to support some of the most critical scientific advances of our time.

The Director of Computing will:

  • Be a member of ECMWF’s senior management team and will contribute fully to the leadership and direction of the organization, supporting the development and delivery of our long-term strategy.
  • Lead a department of approximately 60 staff, with the responsibility for defining, developing and delivering the High Performance Computing (HPC) strategy, operations and future procurements, including the management and evolution of the world’s largest meteorological data archive.
  • Provide strategic leadership to the programme responsible for the establishment of the new data centre in Bologna, Italy, including IT transformation, fit-out and migration. .
  • Be responsible for a highly demanding 365/24/7 HPC facility and supporting data archive, and ensuring resilient and mission-critical computing services.
  • Foster and maintain excellent relationship with members of the ECMWF governing Council and other advisory committees as well as with HPC centres, partners and vendors.

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