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Location: Harpenden, Herts, UK [Office Location]
Location: Charleston, SC [Office Location]

April 2022  POSITION FILLED

ASP.Net MVC Developer

The Speedwell Group is at the forefront of the rapidly expanding index-based environmental risk management industry. Over the past 20 years we have developed a reputation as industry experts providing climate data, enterprise software for trading such contracts and associated services.

Recent real-world developments including the increased reliance on renewable power generation and a changing political landscape have increased corporate demand for environmental risk management. Managing these risks will require a combined effort from industry, governments, and NGOs. We are well positioned to support this effort by providing a link between the meteorology/climate and the financial sectors.

We are looking for an individual who is self-motivated and excited to be part of an important and growing industry. Our team is small, but passionate, knowledgeable, and eager to make a difference. The ideal candidate will bring new skills and knowledge to the team while looking to build upon what has been accomplished.

Job Description

This is an opportunity for a flexible and adaptable candidate to be involved in the continued development of major websites related to climate/environmental risk transfers (see www.weatherxchange.com, www.speedwellweather.com, www.clearweather.com, www.speedwellsettlementservices.com). These pull together our existing resources of climate data and forecasts, climate risk pricing software and messaging. The websites transform the way that climate risk products are made available to the market.

We are looking for a full stack ASP.Net web developer to support and continue to develop our strategically significant websites (and back end services) which build upon and expand our product offering.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 2 years (ideally 4+ years) of hands-on experience in Microsoft NET & SQL Server
  • Extensive experience with C#, ASP.NET, MVC Razor, Bootstrap, jQuery, Typescript.
  • Experience designing attractive UIs is required.
  • Experience building and consuming XML/JSON Web Services.

Interpersonal skills

  • Self‐motivated individual with a strong desire to develop innovative techniques
  • Creative, positive-minded, and able to collaborate in team environment
  • Trustworthy with professional outlook, suitable for a regulated organization

Other skills of interest

  • Experience with .Net 6 and ASP.NET Core
  • Experience of working using agile methodologies.
  • Experience using TFS / DevOps
  • Familiarity in WebForms (to maintain and convert old website)
  • Familiarity with Blazor (to develop new website)

Please note that experience or knowledge of the climate risk market is not necessary.

Benefits

  • Possibility of flexible working
  • Generous pension contributions
  • GBP 50-60K gross

Job location

The position is offered in our UK (Harpenden) offices. Hybrid work (2/3 days in the week in the office the rest working from home) is possible.

Location: Harpenden, Herts, UK [Office Location]

Contact

For additional information concerning this position or to apply, please contact us

Corporate Description

The Speedwell Group is a privately-owned, equal opportunity employer specializing in climate risk services in the insurtech / fintech sector. The company, founded in 1994, has offices in the UK and the USA and has circa 25 employees. Speedwell has been voted best weather risk advisory and data provider in the industry by Environmental Finance Magazine for the past 17 years. Some of the companies in the Speedwell Group are regulated by the UK financial regulator, the FCA.

The candidate will find a friendly family but demanding atmosphere where he/she will be able to grow in his/her role.

The Speedwell Group includes the following companies:

Speedwell Weather Limited (www.SpeedwellWeather.com)

Founded in 1999, Speedwell Weather provides quality climate data, forecasts, software, and consultancy. From offices in the UK and the USA we serve clients world-wide in sectors including environmental-risk management, energy, insurance, and agriculture. Our data products include SuperPack® which provides unlimited access to our thousands of high-quality world-wide data sets. Speedwell Weather provides the Speedwell Weather System, an enterprise software system for pricing and managing a portfolio of environmental risk contracts.

Speedwell Settlement Services Limited (www.SpeedwellSettlementServices.com)

Speedwell Settlement Services is the leading provider of meteorological Settlement Data for index-based climate contracts worldwide with a focus on transparency, accuracy, and reliability. Speedwell has provided Settlement Data for both over-the-counter transactions as well as exchange listed contracts. In addition to data services Speedwell Settlement engages in weather station installation / management designed to support climate risk transfer.

weatherXchange Limited (www.weatherXchange.com)

weatherXchange® believes that easy access to index-based climate risk protection is critical for businesses which need to address earnings volatility or uncertainty arising from volatility in variables relating to weather, climate and renewables. These businesses include renewable power generators, energy companies in general, companies involved in agriculture, construction companies, and those in the retail and tourism sectors.

As an independent platform, weatherXchange makes accessing climate risk protection easier than ever before by streamlining the process of designing a hedging contract and then connecting the hedger with the companies in the market who can provide the protection.


April 2022  POSITION FILLED

Meteorological Developer

GBP 50-80K gross (USA USD 75k-100k gross)

The Speedwell Group is at the forefront of the rapidly expanding index-based environmental risk management industry. Over the past 20 years we have developed a reputation as industry experts providing climate data, enterprise software for trading such contracts and associated services. Recent real-world developments including the increased reliance on renewable power generation and a changing political landscape have increased corporate demand for environmental risk management. Managing these risks will require a combined effort from industry, governments, and NGOs. We are well positioned to support this effort by providing a link between the meteorology/climate and the financial sectors.

We are looking for an individual who is self-motivated, forward thinking, and excited to be part of an important and growing industry. Our team is small, but passionate, knowledgeable, and eager to make a difference. The ideal candidate will bring new skills and knowledge to the team while looking to build upon what has been accomplished.

This position represents a tremendous opportunity for someone looking to work with industry experts on cutting edge projects. The ideal candidate will support and continue to develop strategically significant statistical models for data processing/quality control, building renewable power indices (Wind, Solar, Hydro) and improving our forecasting systems.

Job location

The position is flexibly offered in our UK (Harpenden) or USA (Charleston) offices.

Location: Harpenden, Herts, UK [Office Location]

Location: Charleston, SC, USA [Office Location]

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Degree in meteorology, applied mathematics or physics
  • Advanced knowledge of statistics, probability theory and time series modelling is required
  • A minimum of 5 years of hands-on development experience in either C# or Python and SQL
  • Experience developing machine learning models

Interpersonal skills

  • Self‐motivated individual with a strong desire to develop innovative techniques
  • Creative, positive-minded, and able to collaborate in team environment
  • Trustworthy with professional outlook, suitable for a regulated organization

Other skills of interest

  • Comfortable working in a Linux environment
  • NetCDF, BUFR, GRIB formats
  • Knowledge of scientific weather software applications (e.g. WRF, CDO, NCL, WGRIB)
  • Knowledge of the Climate Risk Market and/or the Energy Market
  • TFS/DevOps
  • Unit Testing

Benefits

  • Possibility of flexible working
  • Generous pension/healthcare contributions, depending on location
  • UK GBP 50-80K gross (USA USD 75k-100k gross)

Application Deadline

Please send a resume with cover letter by April 18, 2022

Contact

For additional information concerning this position or to apply, please contact us

Corporate Description

The Speedwell Group is a privately-owned, equal opportunity employer specializing in climate risk services in the insurtech / fintech sector. The company, founded in 1994, has offices in the UK and the USA and has circa 25 employees. Speedwell has been voted best weather risk advisory and data provider in the industry by Environmental Finance Magazine for the past 17 years. Some of the companies in the Speedwell Group are regulated by the UK financial regulator, the FCA.

The candidate will find a friendly family but demanding atmosphere where he/she will be able to grow in his/her role.

The Speedwell Group includes the following companies:

Speedwell Weather Limited (www.SpeedwellWeather.com)

Founded in 1999, Speedwell Weather provides quality climate data, forecasts, software, and consultancy. From offices in the UK and the USA we serve clients world-wide in sectors including environmental-risk management, energy, insurance, and agriculture. Our data products include SuperPack® which provides unlimited access to our thousands of high-quality world-wide data sets. Speedwell Weather provides the Speedwell Weather System, an enterprise software system for pricing and managing a portfolio of environmental risk contracts.

Speedwell Settlement Services Limited (www.SpeedwellSettlementServices.com)

Speedwell Settlement Services is the leading provider of meteorological Settlement Data for index-based climate contracts worldwide with a focus on transparency, accuracy, and reliability. Speedwell has provided Settlement Data for both over-the-counter transactions as well as exchange listed contracts. In addition to data services Speedwell Settlement engages in weather station installation / management designed to support climate risk transfer.

weatherXchange Limited (www.weatherXchange.com)

weatherXchange® believes that easy access to index-based climate risk protection is critical for businesses which need to address earnings volatility or uncertainty arising from volatility in variables relating to weather, climate and renewables. These businesses include renewable power generators, energy companies in general, companies involved in agriculture, construction companies, and those in the retail and tourism sectors.

As an independent platform, weatherXchange makes accessing climate risk protection easier than ever before by streamlining the process of designing a hedging contract and then connecting the hedger with the companies in the market who can provide the protection.


September 2021  POSITION FILLED

Meteorologist and Data Analyst

Job Location

The job is based in Charleston, SC.
[Office Location]

Application Deadline

Please send a resume by 15th February 2022

Narrative

The Speedwell Group is at the forefront of the rapidly expanding environmental risk management industry. Over the past 20 years we have developed a reputation as industry experts providing data, software, and associated services. Recent real-world developments including the increased reliance on renewable power generation and a changing political landscape have increased corporate demand for environmental risk management. Managing these risks will require a combined effort from industry, governments, and NGOs. We are well positioned to support this effort by providing a link between the meteorology/climate and the financial sectors.

We are looking for an individual who is self-motivated, forward thinking, and excited to be part of an emerging industry. Our team is small, but passionate, knowledgeable, and eager to make a difference. The ideal candidate will bring new skills and knowledge to the team while looking to build upon what has been accomplished.

This position represents a tremendous opportunity for someone looking to work with industry experts on cutting edge projects. The candidate will work as part of the Speedwell Weather Data and Speedwell Settlement Services teams. As part of a small team daily efforts will involve a wide range of activities; operational data processing, responding to client requests, project specific data analysis, product deliveries, and research and development.

Speedwell is an equal opportunity employer. We have been voted best weather risk advisory and data provider in the industry by Environmental Finance Magazine for the past 17 years and in addition for 2021 best advisory catastrophe risk management provider. The candidate will find a friendly but demanding atmosphere where they will be able to grow in their role

Job Role

The candidate will assist with team activities. Specific responsibilities will depend upon the individual's skillset, corporate needs, and the candidate's passion.

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Operational data quality control
  • Data certification for financial contract settlement
  • Client support
  • Product / data preparation and delivery
  • Research and development

Required Skills/Experience

  • Degree in meteorology (or related science) and/or industry experience
  • Experience working with meteorological / environmental observations
  • Background in statistics
  • The individual is expected to have good communication (written and oral) skills.
  • Ability to work in a small team using your own initiative

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Experience with ArcGIS for data visualization
  • Experience using programming/scripting languages or software to handle common file types used in meteorological data sets (grib, NetCDF, csv, etc.)
  • Foreign language skills (specifically Spanish)
  • Experience working with and installing meteorological instrumentation
  • Ability to focus on detail
  • Experience with the insurance / finance industry or weather risk management
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the following programming/scripting languages: Python, FORTRAN, MATLAB.

Contact

For additional information concerning this position or to apply, please contact us

About Speedwell Weather

Founded in 1999, Speedwell Weather provides quality climate data, forecasts, software, and consultancy. From offices in the UK and the USA we serve clients world-wide in sectors including environmental-risk management, energy, insurance, and agriculture. Our data products include SuperPack® which provides unlimited access to our thousands of high-quality world-wide data sets. Speedwell Weather provides the Speedwell Weather System, an enterprise software system for pricing and managing a portfolio of environmental risk contracts.

About Speedwell Settlement Services

Founded in 1999, Speedwell Weather provides quality climate data, forecasts, software, and consultancy. From offices in the UK and the USA we serve clients world-wide in sectors including environmental-risk management, energy, insurance, and agriculture. Our data products include SuperPack® which provides unlimited access to our thousands of high-quality world-wide data sets. Speedwell Weather provides the Speedwell Weather System, an enterprise software system for pricing and managing a portfolio of environmental risk contracts.


January 2022  POSITION FILLED

Quantitative / Data Scientist Developer

GBP 80-100K gross

We are looking for a Quantitative / Data Scientist developer to support and continue to develop strategically significant data statistical models for data cleaning, forecasting, climate derivatives pricing and portfolios risk calculations.

This is an opportunity for a flexible and adaptable candidate to be involved in the continued development of the world leading climate risk advisory and climate data provider systems. The Speedwell Group of companies is behind the following websites (www.speedwellweather.com, www.weatherxchange.com, www.clearweather.com, www.speedwellsettlementservices.com) and the pre-eminent climate risk management software: the Speedwell Weather System. These systems pull together our vast resources of climate data, forecasts, and climate risk pricing software.

Job location

The job is based in our UK office in Harpenden, Herts. The office is a short walk from the train station which is on the Thameslink line. We currently operate a hybrid working environment with a few days in the office per month, with the other days working from home as may best suit the candidate.

[Office Location]

Essential Skills and Experience

  • A minimum 5 year university degree in applied mathematics, mathematical finance, physics or actuarial science
  • Advanced knowledge of Statistics, Probability theory and Time Series modelling is required
  • A minimum of 5 years of hands-on experience in Microsoft Visual Studio, C# & SQL
  • Capable of being a cross functional team member as well as having the ability to work totally independently

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Python
  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematical Finance, Climate Market, Energy Market

The candidate should have at least two of the above skills

Other skills of interest

  • Meteorology
  • TFS
  • Unit Testing
  • Familiarity with WinForms and ASP.Net

Please note that experience or knowledge of the climate risk market is not necessary.

 

Company’s Narrative

Speedwell is an equal opportunity employer specialising in climate risk services. The company handles high volumes of data. The company, founded in 1994, has offices in the UK and the USA and has circa 25 employees. Speedwell has been voted best weather risk advisory and data provider in the industry by Environmental Finance Magazine for the past 17 years. Some of the companies in the Speedwell group are FCA regulated.

The candidate will find a friendly family but demanding atmosphere where he/she will be able to grow in his/her role.

About weatherXchange

weatherXchange® believes that easy access to index-based weather risk protection is critical for businesses which need to address earnings volatility or uncertainty arising from weather. These businesses include farmers, energy companies, construction companies, and those in the retail and tourism sectors.

As an independent platform, weatherXchange makes accessing weather protection easier than ever before by streamlining the process of designing a weather protection contract and then connecting the Hedger with the companies in the market who can provide the protection directly or to Broker-Advisors who can advise and arrange the protection on the Hedger's behalf.


January 2022  POSITION FILLED

IT System Administrator Team Leader w/Microsoft Azure Experience

GBP 55K to 60K gross

As part of our IT team, the candidate will be seconding and directly reporting to the Head of IT. The candidate will take ownership or our Azure cloud infrastructure and oversee the daily operations of the business by leading another 2 persons to ensure that the systems behind the Speedwell Weather group companies run smoothly 24-7.

Job location

The job is based in Harpenden, Herts. The office is a short walk from the train station which is on the Thameslink line. We operate a hybrid working environment with two days in the office, with the other days working from home.

[Office Location]

Main Responsibilities

  • Move and maintain some of our business-critical systems to the Microsoft Azure cloud: SQL, MySQL, websites, applications
  • Ensure integrity of cloud infrastructure in terms of security, virus protection, performance and contingency planning
  • Lead the business daily operations
  • Review and recommend options to improve the effectiveness of group infrastructure. Establish / maintain best practices, processes and procedures to underpin the operations of the business
  • After a brief induction period, the person will be expected to join the rota support and to be on call for out-of-hours support.
  • Provide close liaison with Data Analysis and Software Development project teams to ensure the smooth transition of new applications, systems and initiatives into Speedwell Weather’s Production environment

Experience

Candidate must have good-excellent working knowledge/understanding of the following products/technologies:

  • Microsoft Azure cloud platform
  • Management of server OSes – server & application management in a MS Windows Desktop & Windows Server environment
  • Using and resolving service issues relating to DNS, DHCP, SMTP, Web & FTP based services, along with a good understanding of the principles behind each.
  • Familiarity with security technologies and practises (Firewalls, VPNs, MFA, AV etc..).

A successful applicant should be able to work in a small team and be suitably experienced in utilising their own initiative in analysing and resolving technical issues.

Other Desirable Skills

  • Ability to read and assess vulnerability and Security Event information logs and reports.
  • Linux knowledge

 

About Speedwell Weather Group of companies

Founded in 1999, the Speedwell Weather Group of companies provides quality environmental and weather data, forecasts, software, and consultancy services. From offices in the UK and the USA we serve clients world-wide in sectors including weather risk, energy and agriculture. The company has circa 25 employees and runs about 300 computers. Speedwell has been voted best weather risk advisory and data provider in the industry by Environmental Finance Magazine for the past 17 years. Some of the companies in the Speedwell group are FCA regulated. Note that Speedwell is behind www.weatherXchange.com, a regulated platform for structuring and pricing climate risk contracts.

About weatherXchange

weatherXchange® believes that easy access to index-based weather risk protection is critical for businesses which need to address earnings volatility or uncertainty arising from weather. These businesses include farmers, energy companies, construction companies, and those in the retail and tourism sectors.

As an independent platform, weatherXchange makes accessing weather protection easier than ever before by streamlining the process of designing a weather protection contract and then connecting the Hedger with the companies in the market who can provide the protection directly or to Broker-Advisors who can advise and arrange the protection on the Hedger's behalf.


January 2022  POSITION FILLED

IT System Administrator w/Microsoft Azure Experience

GBP 40K to 45K gross

Job location

The job is based in Harpenden, Herts. The office is a short walk from the train station which is on the Thameslink line. We currently operate a two to three days in the office, with the other days working from home hybrid working environment.

[Office Location]

Narrative

As part of a 4 person IT team, the candidate will ensure that the systems behind the Speedwell Weather group companies run smoothly and will help the company move and maintain some of its key servers to the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Speedwell is an equal opportunity employer specialized in climate risk services and deals with a high volume of data. The company, founded in 1994, has offices in the UK and the USA and has circa 25 employees. Speedwell has been voted best weather risk advisory and data provider in the industry by Environmental Finance Magazine for the past 13 years. Some of the companies in the Speedwell group are FCA regulated. Note that Speedwell is behind www.weatherXchange.com, a regulated platform for structuring and pricing climate risk contracts

The candidate will find a friendly family but demanding atmosphere where he/she will be able to grow in his/her role.

Main Responsibilities

  • Move and maintain some of our business critical systems to the Microsoft Azure cloud: SQL, MySQL, websites, applications
  • Ensure integrity of cloud infrastructure in terms of security, virus protection, performance and contingency planning
  • Build / install / upgrade of servers, desktops and laptops.
  • After a brief induction period, the person will be expected to join the rota support and to be on call for out-of-hours support.
  • Review and recommend options to improve the effectiveness of group infrastructure. Establish / maintain best practices, processes and procedures to underpin the operations of the business
  • Provide close liaison with Data Analysis and Software Development project teams to ensure the smooth transition of new applications, systems and initiatives into Speedwell Weather’s Production environment

Experience

Candidate must have good-excellent working knowledge/understanding of the following products/technologies:

  • Microsoft Azure cloud platform
  • Management of desktop and server OSes – server & application management in a Linux, MS Windows Desktop & Windows Server environment
  • Using and resolving service issues relating to DNS, DHCP, SMTP, Web & FTP based services, along with a good understanding of the principles behind each.

A successful applicant should be able to work in a small team and be suitably experienced in utilising their own initiative in analysing and resolving technical issues, as well as having an ability to be able to solve a difficult problem.

Other Desirable Skills

  • Familiarity with security technologies and practises (Firewalls, VPNs, MFA, AV etc..).
  • Ability to read and assess vulnerability and Security Event information logs and reports.
  • Linux knowledge

 

About Speedwell Weather Group of companies

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

About weatherXchange

weatherXchange® believes that easy access to index-based weather risk protection is critical for businesses which need to address earnings volatility or uncertainty arising from weather. These businesses include farmers, energy companies, construction companies, and those in the retail and tourism sectors.

As an independent platform, weatherXchange makes accessing weather protection easier than ever before by streamlining the process of designing a weather protection contract and then connecting the Hedger with the companies in the market who can provide the protection directly or to Broker-Advisors who can advise and arrange the protection on the Hedger's behalf.