Manager (Data and Digital)

We are looking for a manager passionate about how data and emergent technology can be used to solve social problems and create a fairer society. Your work will be varied from leading projects/products to developing our data and digital strategy to coaching and mentoring colleagues.

Data and digital is the major growth area for Social Finance. They are key ingredients to delivering 21st-century services that improve outcomes. We have an ambitious plan of growing our team, expanding into new social issues, and building international collaborations to bring our approach and model to new countries.

“The whole reason I went into tech was to help people. When I saw Social Finance was hiring, I knew working for them would be ideal.” – Matthew Pugh, Dev Ops Manager, Social Finance Data + Digital Labs team.

The ideal candidate will bring a strong mix of the skills and experiences below and, most importantly, will be excited about the opportunity to learn.

  • Delivering impact – deliver projects/products that enable our partners to more effectively use data and technology to improve decision-making and explain our approach and insights to stakeholders and partners.
  • Providing expertise and advice on data and/or digital transformation programmes – advising partners with a range of capabilities to help solve strategic and operational problems for the public sector, charities, and impact-focussed businesses.
  • Understanding product development cycles – you’re familiar with the development of data and digital projects and products from blank piece of paper to final solutions whether that is a report, an open-source solution, or a fully hosted web-app.
  • Communicating to non-data and tech people – you will need to be comfortable speaking with a range of people and roles, helping them to understand data and technology and taking important decisions from re-designing services or choosing a coding language.
  • Supporting our partners – you will love building our partners’ capacity to undertake similar work themselves, whether it's pairing with their team, launching an apprenticeship programme for data science or open-sourcing solutions so that they’re easy for others to use and build on.
  • Managing ambiguity – you will need to be comfortable with changing approaches as you and the team develop a better understanding of the problem and what might solve it.
  • Refining and implementing our strategy – working with the senior team to shape our strategy and roadmap for projects and products from health and social care, children services, international development and more.
  • Supporting colleagues – helping them to structure their work and check that the outputs are production/publication ready.
  • Managing in an agile way – manage ambiguity, know what everyone is working on, and ultimately enable the team to deliver social impact.
  • Considering ethics – think about and explore the ethical implications of data, technology, and society – e.g. how design decisions exacerbate or counter problems such as structural racism and algorithmic bias, or the tendency towards state surveillance of disadvantaged people.

Read the candidate specification for more details about the role

Closing date: 19 July


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