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IT Developer & Senior IT Developer

Unit :  CIO Portfolio
Salary :  £34,304 to £40,322 & £42,149 to £50,296
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  19301
Full Time (37 hours), Permanent
Closing Date :  21 August, 2022 - 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. We currently have opportunities available in IT development so if you are looking to join an innovative organisation that takes great care of it’s employees, look no further!

The role

Information Technology provides and supports all central University IT services and is responsible for the institution's Technical Infrastructure. The IT Team build the OU’s award-winning Virtual Learning Environment system, which is one of the largest VLEs in the world, relied upon by all Faculties and business units, and over 200,000 students every year. We are currently in an exciting phase of moving our technology into the Cloud and adopting DevOps.

We are seeking to appoint both an excellent IT Developer as well as a Senior IT Developer to support managing the gathering of ideas and development work for this transition. The IT Developer will work with a host of innovative technologies, supporting a key, exciting project within the University. The Senior Developer will oversee this transition, providing technical leadership to teammates whilst collaborating with other teams to plan, design, develop and test the applications.

If you are a highly experienced Web Developer with experience of DevOps and leading a small team, then look no further! Although this role is aligned to our Milton Keynes office, we are flexible on location across the UK, with occasional attendance onsite required. The end date is set to however this advert may be closed earlier if suitable applications are received prior to the end date.

Skills and experience

This role will suit you if you:

  • Possess recent programming experience in either HTML, JavaScript, PHP or Postgres
  • Possess previous experience in either leading a team or providing specialist technical coaching or mentorship
  • Have experience working in modern open technology stacks
  • Are highly motivated, able to pick up and learn things quickly

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found within the Job Descriptions for the IT Developer role and the Senior IT Developer role

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 including;

•             33 days annual leave, plus Christmas closure days and Bank Holidays 

•             Free Study (subject to staff fee waiver policy)

•             An attractive pension proposition

•             Access to student discount schemes including UNiDAYS

•             Family friendly policies

•             Access to Tax-Free Childcare Scheme and onsite nursey at our Milton Keynes campus.

Colleagues wellbeing and development is at the forefront of our culture. We embrace diversity and recognise and reward our employees for the fantastic work they do.  For more information about our people and wellbeing focus, please contact the Resourcing Hub.

For more information about working with the OU Learning Systems team, take a look at these additional details in the team brouchure

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered.

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;

•             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.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure that your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for; Developer, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.


Remember to attach your CV and Personal statement as ONE DOCUMENT. 

You will receive updates regarding your application from Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role

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 our staff can reach their potential and attract diverse candidates. We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.  

We offer a range of inclusive employment policies which include family and carer friendly flexible working arrangements and have many supportive staff networks and wellbeing services. We also endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity. Our Staff Benefits page under Employment provides further links and information.

Job related information : 

PDF icon Recruitment Brochure May 2022.pdf1.56 MB
File IT Developer Job Description.docx61.47 KB
File Senior IT Developer Job Description.docx43.35 KB

Posting Date :  9 June, 2022 - 10:00

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,