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Location: Harpenden, Herts, UK [Office Location]

Location: Charleston, SC [Office Location]
  • Meteorologist POSITION FILLED

July 2014 POSITION FILLED

Meteorologist Required

Location: Harpenden, Herts, UK [Office Location]

Speedwell Weather currently have a vacancy for a qualified meteorologist to join their UK based team in Harpenden. The team of meteorologists provide expertise in a range of weather topics as well as support to a wide range of clients, who are mainly concerned with weather risk management in energy, agriculture, commodity, Insurance and weather-risk-hedging sectors.

Role Description

  1. As a member of the Data Team, perform routine quality control checks and cleaning of real-time observed weather data.
  2. Analysing, quality controlling and cleaning historical data series to a standard where they can be used to price financial weather derivative and Insurance contracts.
  3. Researching, collating and documenting weather station metadata details in order to better inform clients and end users about how measurements have changed over time.
  4. Provide prompt replies to client enquiries regarding weather data and forecast products in order to facilitate an active market place for weather based contracts.
  5. Write original commentary of real-time weather events where there may be significant impact upon a weather derivative or weather risk based activity.
  6. Monitor the quality of our own forecast and commodity products in near real-time in order to quickly identify any short coming or issues, so that improvements can be implemented. Produce on-going verification schema to aid with marketing our forecast product suite.
  7. Produce final settlement-quality weather data in order that clients may settle weather risk contracts.
  8. Assist the all teams within the business with sales and marketing materials and insight, assist in the writing of specifications for our internal development and IT teams to work from.
  9. Carry out site surveys and install suitable weather instruments in response to client’s requirements.

Essential requirements:

  1. A University degree in a related discipline such as Meteorology, Agro-meteorology, Oceanography, and hydro-meteorology – other Environmental Sciences including agronomy related studies may also be considered.
  2. Be able to demonstrate good analytical skills and an enquiring mind when dealing with numerical series.
  3. Be able to demonstrate competency in use of Microsoft Office software, especially Excel spreadsheet package which is used extensively in our day to day work.
  4. Have a sound mathematical background with particular emphasis on statistics.
  5. Be able to demonstrate strong communication skills, in particular be able to describe meteorological information using both professional terminology as well more common terms when dealing with clients.
  6. Have a willingness to relocate or be prepared to travel to our Harpenden offices.
  7. Be prepared to travel overseas attending client meetings, conferences and trade fairs.
  8. Experience of WRF forecast models.
  9. Have an understanding of WMO coding standards and reporting formats – SYNOP, METAR, etc.

Desirable requirements:

  1. Be able to hold a conversation in a second language – Speedwell have clients and suppliers from many non-English speaking countries around the world as we are a global business.
  2. Proficient in using a GIS software package to analyze weather data series and produce powerful graphic rich reports.
  3. Experience in weather instrument installation.

If the above vacancy is of interest and you meet the requirements, then please send you current CV to Phil Hayes or Stephen Doherty:

Speedwell Weather Corporation
Attention: Phil Hayes or Stephen Doherty

Please use our Contact Us page to upload a CV

Narrative

Founded in 1999, Speedwell Weather provides quality weather data, weather forecasts, software, and consultancy. With offices in the UK and the USA we serve clients in sectors including weather risk, energy, and agriculture world-wide. We are the dominant provider of settlement data for world-wide weather risk contracts.

Speedwell provides the Speedwell Weather System, SWS, the industry standard enterprise weather derivative pricing and risk management system.


July 2014 POSITION FILLED

Senior Web Developer

Location: Harpenden, Herts, UK [Office Location]

About the Person

This is an opportunity for the candidate to stamp their expertise in on an important new platform which pulls together our existing resources of weather data and forecasts, weather risk pricing software and messaging to transform the way that weather risk products and alerts are made available to the market.

Role Description

Based in our UK office in Harpenden (Hertfordshire) we are looking for an experience senior web developer to develop a new strategically-significant website which builds upon and expand our product offering. This will involve:

  • Secure logging in/registering
  • Using WCF to integrate data from a large in-house database and other external sources
  • Working with an interface to an in-house weather-risk pricing and risk management system to present tabular and graphical information in a meaningful way
  • Providing an easy way for users to download data
  • To enhance an industry-wide messaging protocol and write an engine to use this to communicate financial information with third parties
  • Develop an alerts engine with a variety of triggers configured by the users
  • To develop iOS and Android apps capable of receiving the alerts

Technologies

Essential:

  • A deep understanding of security matters is critical in this role
  • C#,
  • JavaScript
  • ASP.Net WebForms,
  • MVC, WCF, AJAX, jQuery, SignalR, GoogleMap
  • SQL Server, T-SQL (2 yrs)
  • Client-Server and/or Distributed and Multi-threaded Application Design (2 years)
  • COM/DCOM and/or .Net Remoting

Desirable:

  • Platforms: IIS, Windows Azure
  • SQL Server, MySQL, Mongo DB, Entity Framework

Experience

Essential:

  • We are looking for a highly capable web developer, likely to have worked on commercial websites
  • Handling a variety of login/registering techniques
  • Using WCF services to integrate data from other sources
  • Sending alerts to Tools
  • Familiar with latest security techniques

Desirable:

  • Writing iOS and Android apps
  • Financial Market experience

What We Offer

  • Working for a business with a dominant position in a growing market
  • 5 weeks' annual holiday
  • "Flexible Friday" working
  • A commitment to training
  • A relaxed and friendly working environment
  • An attractive Hertfordshire location 25 minutes from London by train
  • A team operating at the forefront of the technology
  • An employer pension contribution
  • Life insurance (subject to medical)

About Speedwell Weather

Founded in 1999 Speedwell Weather provides quality weather data, weather forecasts, software and consultancy services. With offices in the UK and the USA, we serve clients in sectors including weather-risk, energy and agriculture world-wide. We are the dominant provider of settlement data for parametric risk contracts. Speedwell develops the Speedwell Weather System, SWS, the industry-standard weather derivative pricing and risk management system.

Speedwell is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please note that nothing in this job description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment

If you feel that you have these skills send your resume to

Speedwell Weather Limited

Please use our Contact Us page to upload a CV


May 2014 POSITION FILLED

C# .NET Software Engineer

Location: Harpenden, Herts, UK [Office Location]

The candidate will be managed by Dr Michael Moreno, Chief Technical Architect, in a team of six talented developers.

The person should want to work for a smaller business where the opportunity exists to stamp their expertise in a variety of areas including SWS, weather forecasting, weather data cleaning, development of analytical tools, and consultancy. He/she should be able to work proactively, flexibly and at times unassisted. The ability to multi-task is important.

The person needs to combine analytic and development skills

Role Description

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level in applied mathematics, meteorology, physics or environmental sciences. We are looking for candidates who are motivated by software and software engineering at the highest level. Experience in a meteorological, energy or agronomy field is not a requirement but would be beneficial. The candidate needs to combine good analytics, strong logic and development skills and be able to work as part of a team of 7 developers in an agile development environment.

Responsibilities

Potential candidates must demonstrate some of the following:

  • Help design and implement new functionality – server and client side (75%)
  • Help maintaining existing applications in C# (25%)
  • Help the team stay at the forefront of technologies
  • Some client support
  • Some in house software support

Requirements:

Essential

  • C# (5 yrs experience) WinForms or WPF
  • .Net 4.0
  • SQL Server, T-SQL
  • Strong logic & analytics

"Nice-to-haves"

  • ASP.Net WebForms, MVC, JavaScript, jQuery
  • SQL, TSQL with exposure to VLDB
  • Test driven development (NUnit)
  • Energy, agronomy or meteorological background

About Speedwell Weather

Established in 1999, Speedwell Weather is a successful provider of weather data, weather forecasts, weather derivative market software, and consultancy services.

Speedwell is based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and has an office in Charleston SC, USA. An increase in the number of clients and range of products has created the need for a further experienced software developer with probability and statistical skills to work on SWS and data areas.

Speedwell provides the Speedwell Weather System, SWS, the industry standard enterprise weather derivative pricing and risk management system.

If you feel that you have these skills send your resume to

Speedwell Weather Limited


February 2014 POSITION FILLED

IT Technical Support

Location: Harpenden, Herts, UK [Office Location]

Speedwell is seeking an individual to join our IT Team in Harpenden, Herts, UK. This is a junior role appropriate for a new or recent graduate in an IT-relevant discipline.

This role involves supporting our employee user-base and server infrastructure in both offices (UK & US). It includes support and management of our various IT systems and infrastructure, located in Harpenden, at our Stevenage datacenter and at our US office in Charleston, South Carolina.

The role covers these specific areas:

  • PC, Laptop & Server hardware - Installation/Support/Management
  • Networking Infrastructure - LAN & WAN Support/management
  • Email Systems - Support/Management
  • Virtualised systems - Support/Management
  • Storage: SANs, NAS - Support/Management
  • Various software - Installation/Management/Support

This will involve the following technologies:

Microsoft Windows 7 & 8, Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange Server, VMware. Citrix. Cisco Networking products. Storage Area Networks. Microsoft SQL Server.Microsoft Active Directory Infrastructure, McAfee & Kaspersky Anti-virus and security software, Internet Technologies

Potential candidates must demonstrate some of the following:

  • An aptitude for IT and Technology.
  • Be prepared to take on technical challenges.
  • Have a keen interest in IT.
  • Have a friendly and engaging manner and not be easily discouraged by problems.
  • A willingness to be flexible - although based on a normal working week, the candidate may be required to work out-of-hours or at the weekend.

Requirements:

  • Graduate of an IT/Computer systems-centric course.
  • Working knowledge of Computer system basics and functionality.
  • Knowledge of Networks - structure and functionality - LANs and WANs, Firewalls, Routers.

We are well aware that different candidates will have had different experiences. Some may have had the opportunity, at some point, to gain practical experience. Others, not so much. As such each application will be reviewed on its own merits.

What we offer

  • We're a small team with a relaxed and friendly working environment
  • Competitive salary
  • We try to encourage the maintaining of a healthy Work/Life balance
  • Variety and experience in different areas of IT - you won't just be sitting at a desk managing systems on a screen! You'll be getting your hands dirty!
  • 5 Weeks annual holiday with "Flexible Friday" working
  • A commitment to training.

About Speedwell Weather

Founded in 1999, Speedwell Weather provides quality weather data, weather forecasts, software, and consultancy. With offices in the UK and the USA we serve clients in sectors including weather-risk, energy, and agriculture world-wide.

Our data products include SuperPack® which provides clients group-wide access to our tens of thousands of high quality world-wide historical weather data sets and real time feeds. We are the dominant provider of settlement data for parametric weather risk contracts.

Speedwell provides the Speedwell Weather System, SWS, the industry standard enterprise weather derivative pricing and risk management system.

If you feel that you have these skills send your resume to

Speedwell Weather Limited
Attention: Jeff Beckles, IT Systems and Networks Manager


February 2014 POSITION FILLED

Meteorologist Required

Location: Charleston, SC [Office Location]

Speedwell is seeking exceptional individuals to join marketing, product development, and operations teams at our US office. Candidates must have a background in meteorology and experience working with meteorological data and forecasts. Eligible individuals must be hard working self-starters with an entrepreneurial attitude.

Potential candidates must demonstrate some of the following:

  • Background in agrometeorology
  • Foreign language skills (especially Spanish & Portuguese)
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience with marketing to the financial markets
  • Master’s degree in Meteorology
  • Knowledgeable about instrumentation and observation

These positions do not involve operational forecasting.

The candidate must be willing to re-locate to Charleston, SC.

If you feel that you have these skills send your resume to:

Speedwell Weather Corporation
Attention: David Whitehead

Narrative

Founded in 1999, Speedwell Weather provides quality weather data, weather forecasts, software, and consultancy. With offices in the UK and the USA we serve clients in sectors including weather risk, energy, and agriculture world-wide.

Our data products include SuperPack® which provides clients group-wide access to our tens of thousands of high quality world-wide historical weather data sets and real-time feeds. We are the dominant provider of settlement data for parametric weather risk contracts.

Speedwell provides the Speedwell Weather System, SWS, the industry standard enterprise weather derivative pricing and risk management system.

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