Open Data Services · Feb 3rd 2018
Open Data Services is a growing workers co-operative. We deliver sustainable support for world-changing open data projects, including the Open Contracting Data Standard, the 360Giving open philanthropy initiative and the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
We’re an interdisciplinary team, with developers, analysts and researchers working together to create sustainable tools and services that help organisations publish and use open data for social change.
Since we started in 2015 we’ve grown from 4 to 15 members of staff based across the UK, providing family-friendly and flexible working. We’re creating a great place to work, whilst contributing to open data impacts across the world.
We’re now seeking a new person to help develop software as part of projects that use open data for social change.
We welcome applications from underrepresented minorities, and we value diversity within our workforce. If we can do anything to facilitate your application, please get in touch.
All employees are eligible to become co-operative members, taking an equal stake in the future development of our work.
New to co-ops? The Workers Co-operative Code provides more information about what makes a worker co-op different. We started with a collective structure, and this year have been exploring aspects of a self-managing team model.Is this you?
We’re looking for a web application developer to join our small co-operative team.
We have a strong commitment to free and open source software, rooted in our co-operative ethics.
A great candidate will be:
We’re a distributed team, so you will mostly be remote/home working, with opportunities to travel locally and internationally to work with partners, and for regular team meetings and co-working.
The core of this role will involve planning, developing and maintaining web applications that work with open datasets in a range of formats and standards, and working on the ongoing technical development of those standards.
There are opportunities within this role to get involved in a number of short-term research and development projects: where we help partners to understand the potential of open data through workshops, collaborative work and code.
On a day-to-day basis you will be:
Some of the main technologies we currently work with include:
We practice agile software development, and work in the open through public issue trackers for many of our projects.Values
We believe in transparency, openness, kindness and co-operation. We recognise that these values can look very different in different people, and we’re working to avoid creating a monoculture. As a small organisation, each new person shapes the culture. If you share our values, we’ll make sure you fit in.
You will be joining a team whose backgrounds include software development, physics, philosophy, youth work and business analysis. We recognise the value that diverse backgrounds and experience bring to the co-operative.Skills and experience
We're passionate about how people develop new skills. We welcome people from a diversity of experiences and working history.
We recognise that there are many paths to becoming a competent software developer. We are more interested in demonstrable skills and experience than in qualifications, but if you have them we'd like to hear about them.
With that in mind, we’re looking for the following essential skills, knowledge, and experience:
The following skills and experience are desirable. Tell us about any you can bring to the team in your application:
We’re also interested in any other skills or experience that you think would contribute to the life and development of the co-operative.Contractual details
Location: We’re a UK-based distributed team and all work remotely, either from home or co-working spaces around the country. We have regular team meetings and co-working, often in Birmingham, Manchester and London. Current team members are located in or near Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, London, Stroud, Nottingham, Cambridge, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Belfast.
You must have the right to live and work in the UK.
Remuneration & benefits: As a collectively run and owned co-operative, we operate a flat rate of pay for all staff. This is currently set at £37,008 p.a.
Open Data Services operates an auto enrollment pension scheme with 3% employer contributions. If you have an existing pension scheme, we may be able to make contributions to that. Our policy is to progressively improve employee benefits as the co-operative develops, with all co-operative members having an equal right to vote on benefits, dividends, and bonuses.
All employees, that have passed a successful probationary period, are entitled to become members. Each member is an equal owner of the business, and all members have an equal vote in decision-making.
Members are able to vote on profit distributions at the end of each year, part of which can be as a bonus to members. In the last year, we also voted on making contributions to a number of charities, open source projects, and to the Open Rights Group.
Training and development is encouraged with all employees allocated an equal individual training budget, set by the members.
We operate a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and provide the online tools and software you need for your job. If you don’t already have a home working set-up, or need to find local co-working space, we’ll help to get that all set-up, and cover the initial and ongoing costs.
We offer salary sacrifice Childcare scheme vouchers that allow employees to reduce their childcare costs.
Hours and holiday: We welcome opportunities to work out a flexible and family friendly schedule with you. Full time hours are set at 37.5 hours a week with 33 days holiday a year (including bank holidays).
See link in Application Info for full details.