Project Manager - Research & Development Programme

Recruiter
OPEN DATA INSTITUTE
Location
Shoreditch
Salary
Up to £30,000 per annum plus pension + benefits
Posted
07 Oct 2017
Closes
06 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

About the ODI

The Open Data Institute (ODI) was co-founded by two visionary leaders: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, renowned AI professor. Our mission is to build a strong, fair and sustainable data economy, by helping businesses and governments get data to people who need it. We help our partners to inform decisions, drive efficiencies and create opportunities using data.

The ODI works with governments, NGOs and commercial enterprises all over the world. We deliver advisory, training and research and development services, encompassing public policy, business strategy and technology. Our programme of work is busy and constantly changing. We are committed to producing work at a very high standard and delivering measurable value to our partners and clients.

The ODI are about to embark on an exciting programme of research and development. In the first year, this will involve working on areas such as improving open data publication, the development of open standards, developing new service delivery models and new forms of regulation, and helping businesses understand new developments around data and expand their overseas markets.

About the role

We are seeking a Project Manager who is comfortable in a fast paced, collaborative and flexible working environment. Experience of working in Agile with cross-functional digital teams is desirable.

The successful candidate will work with directly with the R&D Programme Manager to support delivery across a portfolio of research and development work within the field of Open Data. This role will be focused on delivering programme level requirements, with a particular focus on processes and delivery tools across the different projects within the programme. You will be responsible for project management and collaboration tools, ensuring their best usage across the team.

This is an opportunity to build your experience working in a fast-paced project delivery environment at the cutting edge of public and private sector data technology, policy and innovation. There is scope for this role to evolve, with potential paths for future growth in project management, consulting, policy, research and training in the organisation.

Key responsibilities

  • Ensure projects across the programme are delivered to agreed goals, on time and on budget.
  • Ensure projects have effective governance, and clear lines of communication with all relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • Focus on quality of output and how the work we do best reflects the values of the institution.
  • Responsible for the programme’s project management tools and to ensure their deepening use across the programme.
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement activities eg. retrospectives and quality reviews, participating in optimising programme processes.

At programme level, you will support the R&D Programme Manager to ensure:

  • Effective governance procedures, ensuring consistency in project reports and other documentation.
  • Collaborative and positive relationship with internal and external stakeholders through effective communication and engagement.
  • Smooth implementation of our new project management system (Mavenlink), including improving system design during rollout.
  • Clear monitoring and reporting to the grantor (monthly, quarterly and annually) including programme level deliverables and KPIs.
  • Working with leadership team and delivery leads to ensure effective management of high level procurement and contracting.
  • Generation and maintenance of cross functional project plans.
  • Creation / analysis / reporting of project metrics.
  • Ensure new users within the programme are brought on board as appropriate and provided with training in governance and delivery procedures, facilitating training as required.

At the project level, your responsibilities will include:

  • day-to day project management to cover gaps and support transitions.
  • monitoring effectiveness across the project work streams and providing administrative support where necessary.
  • supporting the delivery of projects including research and event management.
  • assisting with facilitation of meetings.
  • attending and representing the ODI at meetings and events.
  • assisting with diary and travel management for the team leads.

About you – skills, knowledge and experience

Essential

  • Good understanding of, and experience with, project planning software and a range of IT systems.
  • A confident communicator whose written and verbal skills can easily be adapted to suit the needs of colleagues and clients.
  • Enjoys collaborative working, flexible structures and an open office environment.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to short deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and move quickly between projects through effective prioritisation.
  • Organised and with excellent attention to detail.
  • Cares about the mission and goals of ODI.

Desirable

  • Experience working in a delivery context on digital projects or programmes.
  • Experience of working with cross functional digital teams in an Agile environment with Scrum or Kanban processes and roles.
  • Experience of delivering digital projects end-to-end, on time, on budget and to a high quality.
  • Experience of delivering a programme of work that realises an organisational digital strategy.
  • Experience of working in the public sector and/or with SMEs and start-ups.

About the ODI team

Teamwork We are all here to work towards achieving the aims and mission of the ODI. All team members are required to work together across departments and with colleagues to ensure the long-term success and sustainability of the ODI.

Agility To meet the changing demands of a rapidly growing organisation we will need to be agile to meet shifting challenges and workloads. Team members will be required to take on or let go of tasks and responsibilities that will be both reasonable and within their capabilities.

Respect The ODI expects everyone to respect and comply with the principles of dignity at work and equal opportunities for everyone. We are committed to diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from people who will add to our culture, not just fit with it.

Confidentiality We are all about open data but what comes with that is the need to be mindful of people’s personal data, intellectual property, and any business-sensitive data.

Benefits

  • 3% contributory pension
  • 30 days’ annual holiday
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Long-term disability cover
  • Critical illness cover
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Flexible working
  • Coaching and mentoring for skills and personal development
  • £750 annual training budget toward your own professional development

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would be a suitable candidate by an email via the button below by 5pm on 13 October 2017.