Delivery Manager – Research & Development Programme

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The Open Data Institute is looking for a passionate Delivery Manager to help deliver an exciting programme of Research & Development work.

Delivery Manager – Research & Development Programme

Location: Shoreditch, London

Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum, dependent on experience, plus benefits

Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2020

The Open Data Institute is looking for a passionate Delivery Manager to help deliver an exciting programme of Research & Development work.

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 work with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage its harmful impacts. 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.

About the role

The ODI are embarking on an exciting Research & Development Programme. We are seeking a Delivery Manager who is comfortable in a fast paced, collaborative and flexible working environment. 

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 across the different projects within the programme, working with interdisciplinary teams. You will be responsible for project management and collaboration tools, ensuring their best usage across the team. 

Key responsibilities

  • Manage delivery across several projects with an interdisciplinary team that includes research, policy and technology expertise, ensuring projects are delivered to agreed goals, on time and on budget.
  • Focus on quality of output and how the work we do best reflects the values of the institution.
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement activities eg. retrospectives and quality reviews, participating in optimising programme processes.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and positive relationship with internal and external stakeholders through effective communication and engagement.
  • Clear monitoring and reporting to the grantor (monthly, quarterly and annually) including programme level deliverables and KPIs.
  • Working with delivery leads to ensure effective management of high level procurement and contracting.
  • Monitoring effectiveness across the project work streams and providing administrative support where necessary.
  • Champion agile ways of working.
  • Attending and representing the ODI at meetings and events.

About you – skills, knowledge and experience


  • Experience of delivering digital projects end-to-end, on time, on budget and to a high quality.
  • Good understanding of, and experience with, project planning software and a range of IT systems.
  • 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.


  • Experience of delivering a programme of work that realises an organisational digital strategy.
  • Experience of working on international projects. 
  • Experience of working in the public sector, academia and/or with SMEs and startups.

About the ODI team


We are good at what we do. We use our expertise to achieve our mission. We are open and generous with our expertise and experience, and share it outside and inside ODI.

We can get better at what we do. We recognise the limits of our expertise and respect that of others. We are open to and seek advice, opinions and support to develop our expertise, within and outside ODI. We reflect on what works and what doesn’t to consciously learn, improve and grow.


We succeed when others flourish. We support and challenge others to do their best work. We open up opportunities for other people and organisations, and empower them to take them. We are as open as possible about what we are doing and what we have learnt. We encourage others to refine and build on our work.

We empathise with others so we can help them. We find out what people and organisations really need. We have empathy with their motivations and the constraints they operate under. We communicate in terms they understand.


We are trusted because we are honest and responsible. We are open with our opinion, open to hearing what others say, open to being wrong and open to changing our mind. We are not afraid to speak our mind when it is useful or important, and take responsibility for the results of doing so. We actively and curiously listen to others, and take responsibility for our responses to them.

We can do more than we might think. We are bold, creative and open to failure. We know what we do won’t be perfect at first but that doesn’t stop us. We start small and quickly, and iterate to improve.


  • 5% contributory pension
  • 30 days’ annual holiday pro rata
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Long-term disability cover
  • Critical illness cover
  • Flexible working
  • Coaching and mentoring 
  • £750 annual training budget toward your own professional development

How to apply

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would be a suitable candidate to [email protected] by 5pm on 18 July 2019.