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ODI hunts for technology head

David Bicknell Published 02 May 2017

Shoreditch based role carrying £70K salary will be responsible for leading technical R&D work and will report to ODI chief exec Jeni Tennison


The Open Data Institute (ODI) is looking to recruit a head of technology for the organisation to lead its technical research and development work.

The work includes the software tools and products the ODI creates and maintains the open standards it develops and the advice and guidance it produces about the use of new technologies such as open APIs or blockchain.

The head of technology role, which carries a £70K salary and will be based in Shoreditch, will also be responsible for the ODI’s software maintenance budget and will be proactive in identifying, framing and pitching for technology-related research and development projects undertaken in partnership with universities and other relevant organisations.

The role will report to the ODI’s chief executive and be part of the ODI’s leadership team, contributing to its strategy and planning. He/she will also have lead virtual teams of in-house people and external contractors to deliver projects and maintain the ODI’s systems and take a hands on role in delivering technology projects, whether through coding or writing.

The ideal candidate will be expected to be “an expert technologist. Able to engage on all technical matters, command the respect of development teams, and make expert choices about the architecture and design of software systems.”

Other necessary experience will include having proven experience with Agile project management approaches, and software development experience, particularly in Ruby. He or she will also be expected to be familiar with using git for version control, and open source workflows, as well as with continuous integration and deployment through GitHub and Heroku.

The closing date for applications is this Friday, May 5.  

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