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 12 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 shape and co-ordinate our finances and operations.
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 seeking a motivated and engaged practitioner who can:
Work with our existing processes to ensure the smooth financial operation of our co-operative;
Support our team as new projects, contracts and partnerships are arranged;
Co-ordinate and balance the tasks our team share and deliver;
Ensure we dedicate regular space to meet, collaborate and plan;
Drive our members to improve on our principles to provide a benefit to community causes and work with other co-operative business and organisations
The primary focus of this new opportunity will involve running the operational and financial aspects of the co-operative. With 12 members of staff across the UK, and clients around the world, your co-ordination of our systems and process will be a key driver to our long-term shared success.
Additionally, you will also research into new ways of working and operating a growing and dynamic co-operative.
On a day-to-day basis you may find yourself:
Running our payroll, pensions and staff expenses processes;
Processing all financial transactions in our internal systems;
Updating our financial forecasting data;
Contributing financial reports, including monthly management accounts;
Engaging with our clients and suppliers through contract management and invoicing;
Preparing new contracts for our team and clients;
Ensuring all tax liabilities for the co-operative are promptly settled;
Maintaining our asset, risk, insurance and other registers;
Handling our reporting to Companies House;
Supporting internal resource planning through analysis of staff availability;
Co-ordinating staff travel, events and training logistics;
Researching new ways to run our finances;
Investigating tools and services to help our team better co-ordinate and communicate
Your role will be key to the co-operative and include frequent communication with other staff, clients and suppliers.
Depending on your availability and interest, there may also be opportunities to get involved in project work with clients, including the planning events and workshops and supplying reports and analysis.
Development of our co-operative principles:
As a flat-structured and employee-owned business, we believe in the key principles of co-operation, and their contribution to a healthy work/life balance.
We will support you to understand these, though training and peer learning. You will in turn lead on shaping these principles with our team, developing both an agreed policy and good practice. We will develop your capacity to push the co-operative demonstrate some of these principles:
With our care for community principle, you will actively help us reach our goals of sharing a proportion of our annual surplus with social impact causes.
You will also further craft our ambition to work more closely with other co-operative organisations.
By taking an active role in the Finance Working Group you will also contribute to our shared principles of the economic participation of members.
Skills and experience
We're passionate about how people develop new skills. We welcome people from a diversity of experiences and working history.
You will be joining a team whose backgrounds include web development, physics, philosophy, youth work and business analysis. We recognise the value that diverse backgrounds and experience help shape our co-operative.
Our collective experience tells us that there are many paths to develop the skills and qualities we seek.
You might hold professional qualifications in accounting or business management, and looking for a flexible role;
You may have played a similar role as part of a charity, government agency or small enterprise;
You might have years of work experience in a variety of sectors, with finance and operations skills picked up along the way.
With that in mind, we’re looking for the following essential skills, knowledge, and experience:
Multiple years experience of financial management within organisations;
Able to draft high quality financial and budget documents;
Good command of working with finance packages (we use Xero);
Experience of procuring, negotiating and contracting suppliers;
Experience of contract management with clients;
Strong communication, written and spoken English skills;
Ability to compose clear, concise reports to a deadline;
Capacity for independent and team working;
Ability to work with online collaboration tools;
The following skills are desirable. Please tell us about any other qualities you can bring to our team in your application:
Experience working in a cooperative, NGO or social enterprise;
Experience of remote working, and with distributed teams;
An awareness of and interest in transparency, open data and civic technology
Ability to pursue company secretary tasks, and responsibility for official filings;
Project management experience;
Experience of international development work, and work in developing countries;
We also welcome any ‘wildcard’ skills and experience you might consider sharing with our team.
Location: We’re a UK-based distributed team and all work from home, with regular team meetings and co-working, often in Birmingham. Current team members are located in or near Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, London, Stroud, Nottingham, Cambridge, 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 £36,000 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.
We offer salary sacrifice Childcare scheme vouchers that allow employees to reduce their childcare costs.
Hours and holiday: This is a part-time post of 0.6. 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).
Within reasonable limits we operate a flexi-time policy. We have a short team call each morning to plan work for the day which we expect everyone to try and join - and then each set our schedules accordingly, striving for a good work-life balance. We are also committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people to do their work