Data analyst - open data publisher support

Open Data Services Co-operative Ltd

  • Salary: £40,000 (full-time equivalent) plus profit share and benefits. Part-time or full-time working.
  • Location: Remote
  • Closing: 9:00pm, 4th Aug 2021 BST

Job Description

About Open Data Services Co-operative

Open Data Services Co-op aims to make open data useful, usable and in-use. We like to work with projects that combine innovation and engagement to deliver sustainable social impact with open data. We work with transparency initiatives such as Open Contracting, 360 Giving, Beneficial Ownership and International Aid Transparency and provide tools and technical assistance to organisations across the world. 

To strengthen our work, we’re looking for people to join our interdisciplinary team, working with data publishers and users.

We are a workers co-operative. After a probationary period, workers have the right to become members of the co-op, jointly owning and running the business.

About you and the role

You will work with a wide variety of organisations to help them publish and use open data using specific open data standards. In doing this, you will work alongside your colleagues to:

  • Be a main point of contact for our publisher and user support service;

  • Field requests and provide tailored technical advice for advocacy colleagues, policy makers, system architects and developers, to help them understand and implement key open data standards;

  • Provide both general training and bespoke support, offering ad-hoc advice and ongoing consultancy to clients;

  • Manage relationships with technical and non technical staff to help them publish valid and meaningful data;

  • Work with and analyse data in formats including JSON, spreadsheets, XML and relational databases;

  • Undertake research to feed into the development of data standards;

  • Keep a focus on the impact of open data: making sure that transparency is not a tick-box exercise, but instead that it delivers genuinely impactful outcomes.

After your probationary period, you will have the option to become a co-operative member, and be involved in the running of the business: gaining a stake in its future, and the opportunity to develop new skills in co-operative business management.

Your skills

We are looking for people with strengths in several of the following areas and the desire to develop in the others:

  • Ability to provide technical consultancy and support to clients, using excellent communication skills;

  • Working knowledge of one or more structured data formats (JSON, XML, relational databases, spreadsheets, etc.);

  • Experience of data analysis, cleaning or visualisation (for example using SQL, Python, spreadsheets or other technologies)

  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and technical documentation.

  • Ability to communicate complex ideas at in-person or remote events (for example, by creating and leading training sessions, delivering talks or facilitating discussions);

  • Understanding of the importance of data standards;

  • Experience or interest in working with procurement, corporate and/or open data. 

All candidates should have:

  • An interest in using technology and open data as tools for social change;

  • The ability to work remotely, and with online collaboration tools;

  • The ability to work and learn autonomously and in a team, prioritising a complex workload.

Co-operative working

As a workers co-operative, we are interested in people with experience of, or interest in, working co-operatively and democratically.

In addition to working on projects, you will be willing to take part in shared decision-making and to contribute to running the business.

We welcome candidates with experience in, or the desire to learn about, any aspect of running the co-op: finance, staff welfare, business development, governance and communications.


  • We operate a flat rate of pay for all staff, currently set at £40,000 per calendar year. Members may also decide to pay all staff a bonus at the end of the financial year. 

  • We provide a 4% pension contribution to our Workplace Pension scheme. 

  • We will provide all of the hardware, tools and software required for the job, including a laptop or desktop computer and any equipment or furniture required for a safe and comfortable home-working setup. Staff are also free to use their own devices.

  • We will pay for a local co-working space if you don't want to work from home. 

  • We offer a training budget of £1,000 and 5 paid days per year, and are committed to supporting staff development, training and conference attendance. 

  • Our benefit package covers group life insurance, generous parental leave, a health and wellbeing service that includes GP consultations and counselling, a cycle-to-work scheme, and an allowance for eye tests.

Further details

  • As we are a remote working organisation we will consider applications from anywhere in the UK. You must have the right to live and work in the UK.

  • Full time hours are set at 37.5 hours a week with 33 days' holiday (inclusive of bank holidays). We welcome applications for part-time working of 0.5 FTE and above. Around half our workers are part time. 

  • Within reasonable limits we operate a flexi-time policy to support a good work-life balance. 

  • This role will involve regular calls with international partners, which may require occasional early mornings or late evenings.

  • This role requires regular national and international travel. All travel is currently suspended due to COVID and we are committed to the safety and well being of our members and employees.

Next steps

You can start the application process by clicking on the apply button.

You’ll answer some questions that are related to your day-to-day job. After the job closes, your answers will go through our de-biased sift process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then scored by members of our team.

If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to the next step, which includes a remote interview. At the end of the application process, we'll provide some feedback and let you know how well you performed.

Interviews are expected to take place late August/start of September.

If we can do anything to facilitate your application, or if you'd like to have an informal chat about the role or our co-operative before applying, please get in touch via Your application will still remain anonymous to people involved in the hiring process.

We are an equal opportunities employer

We are committed to equal employment opportunity and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, belief, disability, gender, marital status, religion, race, sex, or sexual orientation, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled, ethnic minority and women candidates as these groups are underrepresented in our organisation.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Wed 4th Aug 2021


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Wed 4th Aug 2021