Project Manager

Location: Shoreditch, London

Salary: Up to £30,000 per annum

Fixed-term contract

The Open Data Institute is looking for a passionate Project 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 Project 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 Agile with cross-functional digital 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.

Key responsibilities

  • Ensure projects 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 ODI
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement activities eg retrospectives and quality reviews, participating in optimising project processes
  • 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


  • You have a good understanding of, and experience with, project planning software 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 ODI.


  • 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.


  • 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

How to apply

We will accept applications until we find a suitable candidate. If you would like to apply, please send a CV and cover letter to [email protected].