OpenActive Delivery Manager

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

OpenActive Delivery Manager

Location: Shoreditch, London

Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum  

One year fixed term (with the possibility to extend)

The Open Data Institute is looking for a passionate Delivery Manager to help deliver an exciting new programme of 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 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.

In partnership with Sport England, the ODI is stewarding the OpenActive initiative which has begun to challenge inactivity in England and change this for the better. We have brought together a fragmented sector, to agree on common standards and to openly publish opportunity data. This programme, the ODI’s largest sector programme, is delivering the joint vision of Sport England and the Open Data Institute: to get people active using data.

About the role

We are seeking a Delivery Manager who is comfortable in a fast paced, collaborative and flexible environment to work on the OpenActive initiative and other projects. Experience of working in an agile manner with multidisciplinary teams is desirable.

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.

You will work with directly with the OpenActive Programme Lead to support delivery across the OpenActive initiative. This role will be focused on delivering programme level requirements, with a particular focus on processes and delivery tools across the programme’s different projects and activities.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage delivery across the initiative with a multidisciplinary team that includes engagement, community building, research and technology.
  • Ensure work is delivered to agreed goals, on time and on budget.
  • Actively help the team set delivery priorities through sprint planning sessions. 
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement activities eg. retrospectives and quality reviews, participating in optimising project processes.
  • Focus on quality of output and how the work we do best reflects the values of the ODI.
  • Ensure projects have effective governance, and clear lines of communication with all relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • 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


  • You have a good understanding of, and experience with, project planning process and a range of IT systems.
  • You are a confident communicator whose written and verbal skills can easily be adapted to suit the needs of colleagues and clients.
  • You enjoy collaborative working, flexible structures and an open office environment.
  • You have the ability to work effectively under pressure and to short deadlines.
  • You have the ability to multi-task and move quickly between projects through effective prioritisation.
  • You are organised and with excellent attention to detail.  
  • You care about the mission and goals of OpenActive and the ODI.


  • Experience of working across a large programme, made up of multiple projects or workstrands.
  • Experience working in a delivery context on community building and/or digital projects.
  • Experience of delivering digital projects end-to-end, on time, on budget and to a high quality.
  • Experience of working in the public sector and/or with SMEs and start-ups.

ODI values


You are good at what you do. You use your expertise to help with ODI’s mission. You are open and generous with that expertise and experience, and share it outside and inside ODI.

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


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

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


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

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


  • 5% contributory pension
  • 30 days’ annual holiday
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Long-term disability cover
  • Critical illness cover
  • Flexible working
  • Coaching and mentoring for skills and personal development
  • £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].