Senior Consultant

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The Open Data Institute is looking to appoint a Consultant who can design, manage and deliver exciting projects across different sectors

Senior Consultant

Location: Shoreditch, London

Salary: up to £47,500 per annum (dependent on experience) plus pension and benefits

Permanent contract

About the ODI

The Open Data Institute (ODI) was co-founded by two visionary leaders, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, 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.

About the role

We are looking to appoint a Senior Consultant with experience of working with data who can help us to design, manage and deliver exciting projects across a number of sectors.

The ideal candidate will be someone with a strong background in consulting and advisory work with an emphasis on data and open culture.

You will feel comfortable performing a variety of roles, delivering to a mixture of public and private sector organisations. You will have managed and delivered projects, and will know how to set them up well, keep them moving and report against milestones. You will have determination to get things done and want to work in a fast-growing organisation.

We are looking for someone who is happy to lead projects as well as pitching in as part of a broader delivery team which includes our policy, research and technical staff.

In this role you will work on projects across a variety of sectors, including working closely with our commercial partners and participate in our ambitious innovation programme. Our consultants regularly help deliver research for our commercial projects, develop operational policies, contribute to our public policy positions, and help to deliver workshops and public presentations in the UK and overseas. As part of the broader team you will help us to create and refine the practical advocacy projects that help us to deliver on our mission.

We are always looking to add new skills and experience to the team. We are particularly interested in recruiting consultants with a familiarity of data governance, business models, systems thinking and economics, product and service design and delivery, or open innovation. We’re also interested in people with a background in health, utilities and other regulated sectors or the built environment.

You will have:

  • Problem-solving and strategic planning ability and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organisational, written and verbal communication skills with the ability to quickly assimilate complex information on a variety of topics.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work effectively in a team, and cope with pressure and challenges.
  • The ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, keeping track of priorities and client needs.
  • A passion for delivering outstanding work.

Key responsibilities

In the role of Senior Consultant you will:

  • Lead and manage projects, taking them from design to delivery and evaluation.
  • Ensure that our projects and client work is clearly planned, delivered to a high standard and meets the reporting needs of our funders.
  • Deliver projects that might involve:
    • facilitating workshops,
    • undertaking research,
    • delivering presentations,
    • or providing strategic advice for public or private sector organisations that want to innovate with data or use their data more effectively.
  • Write clear, structured project plans and create project documentation.
  • Develop and deliver compelling content for a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Help find sources of funding and write proposals for new work.
  • Collaborate effectively across the organisation and with partners, associates and clients and share outputs with the ODI’s network.

About you

We are looking for a person who will bring knowledge and experience, together with a positive and adaptable working style to the ODI.

Skills and experience – essential

  • Experience with data and/or open culture.
  • Experience of managing projects within a consultancy, NGO or not-for-profit context.
  • Work independently and effectively on projects, including the ability to take responsibility for and show ownership of work.
  • A great storyteller and communicator, able to write and speak fluently for a wide range of audiences.
  • Deal comfortably with public and private sector clients.
  • Enjoy collaborative work in a dynamic, data-driven, creative environment.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to short deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and move quickly between projects through effective prioritisation.
  • Strong IT, research or analytical skills.
  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent professional experience.

Skills and experience – desirable 

  • Experience working in a policy/strategic consultancy.
  • Experience working in multiple countries.
  • Experience of setting up project teams, managing budgets and financial reporting of project milestones.
  • Experience in developing proposals for new work.
  • Experience in policy debates at local, national or multinational levels.
  • Comfortable working with data or open data.
  • Experience supporting people to develop knowledge and skills through mentoring, coaching and training.
  • Experience building relationships through face-to-face and virtual engagements via digital platforms.
  • Experience of web tools such as Google Suite docs/sheets/hangout/mail, Skype, Slack.

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
  • 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

Please send a CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right candidate for the role to [email protected]