Communications Manager

ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

Communications Manager

ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

Bonn, Germany

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN21-34
Department: Office of the Director-General
Grade: A2
Section: Communications
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/21-34
Reports to: TBC
Closing Date: 29 June 2021

2. About ECMWF

ECMWF is the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. It is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1975 by a group of European nations and is today supported by 34 Member and Co-operating States, mostly in Europe. The Centre’s mission is to serve and support its Member and Co-operating States and the wider community by developing and providing world-leading global numerical weather prediction. ECMWF functions as a 24/7 research and operational centre with a focus on medium and long-range predictions and holds one of the largest meteorological archives in the world. The success of its activities relies primarily on the talent of its scientists, strong partnerships with its Member and Co-operating States and the international community, some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and the use of innovative technologies such as machine learning across its operations.

Over the years, ECMWF has also developed a strong partnership with the European Union, and for the past seven years has been an entrusted entity for the implementation and operation of the Climate and the Atmosphere Monitoring Services of the EU Copernicus Programme, as well as a contributor to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The collaboration does not stop there and includes other areas of work, including High Performance Computing and the development of digital tools. It is enabling ECMWF to now provide data and products covering weather, climate, air quality, fire and flood prediction and monitoring.

ECMWF has recently become a multi-site organisation, with its headquarters based since its creation in Reading, UK, its new data centre opening in 2021 in Bologna, Italy, and new offices, also opening in 2021 in Bonn, Germany.

It is foreseen that ECMWF will be a major partner in the implementation of the Destination Earth (DestinE) initiative starting later in 2021, together with ESA and EUMETSAT as partners. The objective of the European Commission DestinE initiative is to deploy several highly accurate thematic digital replicas of the Earth, called Digital Twins, to monitor and predict natural and human activities as well as their interactions, to develop and test scenarios that would enable more sustainable developments and support corresponding European policies for the Green Deal.

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3. Summary of the role

ECMWF is looking for a Communications Manager to join the Communications Section to work on two major EU-funded projects.

The Communications Manager will be responsible for the planning and implementation of Copernicus and Destination Earth communications activities to raise awareness of these projects and support their objectives in collaboration with the key partners in these initiatives.

The post-holder will need to be at ease with all elements of the communication mix and communication best practices and be comfortable with working with technical and scientific content to ensure it is understandable to a non-expert audience. The role will have some line management responsibilities and may also include some budget management and cost tracking.

They will be required to manage a wide-range of projects and work well with internal and external stakeholders. They will also be expected to have an interest in and an understanding of climate, weather and/or environment science together with a willingness to further develop their knowledge of these topics.

This position would suit someone who is willing to support other team members with a hands-on approach which might include assisting with event registration, developing communication plans for announcements and publications, researching factoids in support of presentations, etc.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

The duties for this position will be centred around the elements noted above, and will specifically include:

  • Supporting and contributing to implementing the communication objectives of ECMWF’s activities within the Copernicus Programme and Destination Earth;
  • Line managing and coaching direct reports;
  • Drafting work plans, implementing, monitoring and reporting on progress against KPIs in conjunction with other team members where necessary;
  • Delivering communications across all relevant channels, which may include for example PR and outreach efforts through the organisation of events, both physical and virtual publications and media activities, live-streaming, and digital content;
  • Applying consistent and coherent messaging to all communications outputs in line with the organisation’s style and requirements;
  • Ensuring that all outputs are easily accessible to those who may need them - ECMWF staff, members of the team, and partners around the globe;
  • Working closely with and overseeing the work of relevant sub-contractors and specialised agencies as required;
  • Managing suppliers relating to communication activities as required;
  • Performing a variety of tasks at strategic, tactical and operational levels as required;
  • Understanding international communication, working collaboratively with the National Meteorological Services of the ECMWF Member States, other international organisations and the European Commission, to plan global announcements.

5. Personal attributes

  • Confident communicator with the ability to work with international subject matter experts in a multitude of fields to explain technical issues and understand their needs, and translate complex matters into simple, clear language;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to work collaboratively with other members of a team as well as to work independently;
  • Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management to get the job done well;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to work under pressure, being agile and adapting to changing requirements;
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a team;
  • Ability to work efficiently and complete diverse tasks in a timely manner.

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree (EQF Level 6), or equivalent is required in either communications, atmospheric or computational science to complement demonstrable experience.


  • Experience of communication within a scientific, international organisation or similar is required;
  • Recent and relevant experience of staff line management.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Very strong writing, editing, proofreading, professional publishing skills are essential;
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills;
  • Demonstrated line management skills and experience, with the ability to lead, motivate and support professional staff as required;
  • A good knowledge and understanding of current trends in all communications channels, particularly digital media/social media;
  • Project management and time management skills;
  • Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. The interviews will be conducted in English;
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be desirable but not essential.

7. Other information

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual salary will be EUR 75,178.92 net of tax.

This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PL 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: The total contract duration is expected to be four years (with the possibility of further extension). However, please note that the DestinE Contribution Agreement is likely to be divided in phases, the first of which will last for two and a half years. The Centre is therefore required to contract initially for the same period. Extensions to complete the four-year period (which could be subsequently extended even further) will be offered to the successful candidate as soon as funding beyond the initial phase is confirmed.
Location: The position will be based at ECMWF’s duty station in Bonn, Germany, which is currently expected to open in the second half of 2021.

Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.

8. How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at

To contact the ECMWF Recruitment Team, please email

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At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensuring a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities for all, without distinction as to race, gender, age, marital status, social status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, personality, ethnicity and culture. We value the benefits derived from a diverse workforce and are committed to having staff that reflect the diversity of the countries that are part of our community, in an environment that nurtures equality and inclusion.

Applications are invited from nationals from ECMWF Member States and Co-operating States, listed below, and all EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Applications from nationals from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases.

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