Monday, 10 July 2017

Software Development Manager vacancy at the British Oceanographic Data Centre

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is recruiting a Software Development Manager. This is your opportunity to build complex, high-performing systems in a data-rich research environment, helping the world to understand and adapt to climate change by making sense of the changing seas.

About the role

BODC is built around our in-house software systems that manage and disseminate complex marine science data sets. Hence, software development is core to our success. The purpose of this role is to lead the BODC systems team including: project delivery, team capability, software development tools, methodologies and technical strategies.
This is a full time, permanent position offered on Natural Environment Research Centre (NERC) terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a Band 4 position and the starting salary will be between £45,271 to £49,119 per annum.

About you

Do you want to contribute to our understanding of the changing oceans? You may be an experienced software development manager looking for an exciting opportunity to apply your expertise in a data-rich research environment or perhaps a senior data manager with extensive software development experience looking for that next step into a senior management role. You will have an interest and an aptitude for building high performing teams and well-designed software systems. Experience with specific technologies (but we don’t use much Microsoft) is less important than an understanding of development methodologies, tools and teams. Reflecting the growing importance of our software development team, this is a new position, so would suit someone with initiative and who wants to contribute to the scope of the role.
Your work experience will be complemented with a good honours degree (or masters) in Computer Science. An interest in marine or environmental science and working with scientific data would nicely round out your suitability.

What we can offer you

In return for your contribution, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 local and public days. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About BODC

The British Oceanographic Data Centre is part of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and works closely with other groups in NOC to provide a deck-to-desktop data delivery service to the international marine science community. BODC is part of a worldwide network of oceanographic data centres created to support global, regional and climate-related studies of the world’s oceans. We are at the forefront of managing and disseminating large, complex marine data sets. We are a component of NERC’s environmental data centre network and collaborate widely with other international data centres, on interoperability and semantic web initiatives, to make data discoverable and easily available to scientists, the marine community, industry and the public.

About NOC

The National Oceanography Centre, part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.
With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (
For further information visit & or contact Dr Graham Allen at: to arrange an informal chat about the role.

Our Commitment as an Employer

NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.
NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

How to apply

Applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS); for further information about the role please visit their website at quoting reference number IRC241714. Applicants should provide a CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the position. If you are unable to apply online please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

Closing date

The closing date is 13th August 2017. We plan to hold interviews on the 23rd and 24th of August 2017.