Want to work at the cutting edge of technology, open data and public services?

Junior data developer, Brighton

About the role

Want to use your skills to make a difference? This is an opportunity to help public and community organisations make better decisions and improve services, by working on projects at the cutting-edge of technology, open data and public services.

You will be helping develop our data and technology to help people in public and community sectors do more things in better and faster ways. Role will include: assisting in the development of our on-going projects such as Community Insight, developing our in-house databases and reporting tools, and assisting with ad-hoc developer tasks.

About us

OCSI work with public and community organisations to improve services. We turn complex datasets into engaging stories, and make data, information and analysis accessible for communities and decision-makers.  A spin-out from Oxford University, we have helped 100s of public and community sector organisations to make their services more efficient and effective.

We are committed to improving social and economic outcomes by developing innovative software and rigorous data, research and analysis.

About you

You will need to have a fair amount of programming time under your belt, for example via a relevant degree, job or personal projects. There aren’t any specific languages, databases or technologies that you must have – however knowing some (or all) of the things listed below would be a bonus.

But we’re not just looking for a coder. You will need to think creatively to improve our technologies for using and presenting data. You’ll also be able to understand user needs and problems, and plan internal and client projects with the OCSI team.

Desirable skills

You don’t need to have any specific language, database or technology skills, however knowing some (or all!) of the following would be an advantage:

  • Languages: PHP 5, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL
  • Understand data structures (arrays, hashtables, etc.)
  • Data transfer between services via: JSON, XML, REST APIs
  • Database structure design and setup
  • SQL query writing & optimisation (including joins and stored procedures)
  • MySQL
  • Data visualisation tools and libraries, e.g., Google Maps (or similar), Google Charts, Highcharts

What we offer

  • Initially a three month contract, and we’d hope to make a permanent offer if all goes well
  • We would consider a permanent offer for the right candidate
  • Salary dependent on experience (between £16k-19k per annum)
  • Flexible working hours
  • 30 days annual holiday
  • Annual performance-related bonus
  • Staff development fund
  • Employer matched contribution pension (after qualifying period)
  • Friday beer (or drink of choice).

How to apply

Deadline: Monday 1st July, 5pm. We may appoint before closing date if we find the right applicant, so early applications are advised.

To apply, please email yasmine.fahmy@ocsi.co.uk with your CV and covering letter plus links to any coding projects you want to highlight.

For a chat about the role, please ring Yasmine on 01273 810 270.

OCSI is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. Applicants must have the legal right to work in Britain.

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