Developer (Engineer)

The Open University

Unit : 
CIO Portfolio
Salary : 
£36,333 to £43,155
Location : 
Milton Keynes
Please quote reference : 
Permanent, Full Time post, Flexible and remote working is an option, but must be able to attend Milton Keyes as required.
Closing Date : 
28 June, 2023 – 12:00

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The Chief Information Office (CIO) Portfolio bring trusted design, data and technology know-how to the delivery of lifelong learning.

CIOP are responsible for the digital information, systems and technologies used by staff and students across The Open University.  Covering all aspects of digital technology at the OU, from sourcing and maintaining systems, through to providing frontline IT support for staff and students.

The role  

The Open University is recruiting a Developer (Engineer) in IT.

  • To act as subject matter experts responsible for leading the adoption of and transition to cloud technologies.
  • To facilitate the innovation and development of the Open Universities digital transformation in all aspects of the IT architecture.
  • Work with Architecture, Infrastructure and other teams in LPT and across IT to ensure best practice and process compliance across deliverables
  • Work with team members to drive project deliverables, ensuring that projects are delivered with adherence to agreed solution designs.
  • To support the process and capability improvement to ensure quality solution design and delivery across the University.

Skills and experience

  • Degree level in a Computing and IT related subject or equivalent
  • Experience as a system engineer on a platform with users of over 500, responsible for architectural development, delivery and testing
  • Knowledge and experience in system administration of Linux and Windows environments – building these hosts/servers, configuring them and their networking, and administering them in production environments.
  • Knowledge of cloud providers and services such as: AWS, Azure, Google Cloud
  • Knowledge and experience of server architecture and systems management, integration and automation in a virtual or cloud infrastructure environment.  You will have configured systems for high volume use
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary development teams using multiple related technologies
  • Good knowledge of technical platforms and impact on business systems
  • Knowledge and experience of software engineering tools, practises, methods and standards including some of but not limited to Cloud IaaS, PaaS and SaaS Services, infrastructure as code, continuous integration, continuous delivery

More information can be provided via a link to the Job Description here .

If you would like to discuss the application or recruitment process before making an application, please contact Sally Siveter at Resourcing Hub on 01908 655544 or [email protected] quoting the reference VRF 20893.

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs.

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Staff Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the instructions on The OU Job’s page. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be received.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit the following as one document;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

Please save your document with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, forename.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application. Please click on the APPLY NOW button below to be redirected to our application page.


You will receive updates regarding your application from [email protected] . Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders so it does not go to your junk folder.

You can view your application communications on the Candidate portal .

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link).

The Open University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion which is reflected in our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment so that all in our OU community can reach their potential.  We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.  We strive to recruit, retain and develop the careers of a diverse pool of students and staff, and particularly encourage applications from all underrepresented groups. We also aspire to make The Open University a supportive workplace for all through our policies, services and staff networks.

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  • Terms and Conditions – Academic Related Staff  (PDF)
  • Terms and Conditions – Academic Related Staff  (Word document)

Posting Date : 
7 June, 2023 – 09:00

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