Head of AI

  • Arbor Education
  • Remote
  • 28/03/2024
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Artificial Intelligence Software Engineering Data Warehouse

Job Description

Location: Remote
Salary: £70,000 - £80,000

About us

At Arbor, we’re on a mission to transform the way schools work for the better.

You’ve probably seen the headlines. Heavy workloads, constant change, admin pressure on teachers and staff at every level… sometimes it feels like this is just part and parcel of school life today. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We passionately believe that there’s a better way to work. And it starts by giving everyone the right tools and technology for the job.

We’re building a platform and products we believe in - as well as a strong, diverse team of experienced specialists, ex-teachers and Edtech engineers passionate about making a difference to the sector.

Ultimately, we’re here to help make our schools and trusts stress a little less, and focus on what matters most - improving the lives of teachers and outcomes of students everywhere.

About the role

As the Head of AI at Arbor, you will spearhead our efforts to trailblaze the future of Arbor’s product portfolio. Working closely with a small select team of senior engineers, your role will be pivotal in experimenting and creating prototypes that uncover new opportunities for innovation through AI. This role is designed for a visionary leader who is passionate about leveraging AI and data to introduce next-generation features and capabilities in the education sector.

Core responsibilities

  • Lead a team of senior engineers in the ideation, development, and testing of innovative product prototypes. Foster a culture of creativity, experimentation, and agile development.

  • Conduct thorough market research to identify emerging trends and opportunities within the Education sector. Develop and implement a strategic roadmap for product innovation that aligns with Arbor's vision and market needs.

  • Leverage artificial intelligence and data analytics to create unique experiences and insights. Drive the development of AI-driven features that facilitate joined-up thinking and advanced decision-making capabilities for our clients.

  • Oversee the rapid prototyping of new ideas, utilising feedback loops and iterative design to refine concepts. Ensure prototypes are developed with scalability and market viability in mind.

  • Work closely with internal stakeholders, including product management, engineering, marketing, and sales teams, to ensure alignment and support for innovation initiatives. Engage with external stakeholders to gather insights and feedback on potential innovations.

  • Represent Arbor at industry events, conferences, and forums. Publish articles, whitepapers, and case studies on the future of education technology and Arbor's role in shaping it.

  • Foster relationships with key technology partners and Arbor Ambassadors to collaborate on forward thinking innovations and new ideas

  • Participate in tech-talks and team based learning to ensure knowledge is spread

About you

  • Experience in product development or innovation, with at least 3 years in a leadership role.

  • Proven track record of developing and launching successful new products or services, preferably in the education technology or SaaS sectors.

  • Strong understanding of AI, machine learning, and data analytics techniques and their application in product innovation.

  • Excellent leadership and team management abilities, with a passion for mentoring and developing talent.

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels.

  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

What we offer

The chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • A dedicated wellbeing team who champion initiatives such as mindfulness, lunch n learns, manager training, mental health first aid training and much more!

  • 32 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays). This is made up of 25 days annual leave plus 7 extra company wide days given over Easter, Summer & Christmas

  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave (20 weeks full pay) and paternity (6 weeks full pay) pay

  • 5 free return to work maternity coaching sessions, helping you adapt to this new exciting time of life!

  • Access to services such as Calm, Bippit (financial wellbeing coaching) and Health Assured (Employee assistance programme)

  • All of our roles champion flexible working and we are happy to discuss what this means to you!

  • Social committees that plan team, office and company wide events to bring people together and celebrate success

  • Dedicated professional development training budget (CPD courses, upskilling resources, professional memberships etc)

  • Volunteer with a charity of your choice for a day each year

  • Dog friendly offices!

Interview process

  • Phone screen

  • 1st stage

  • 2nd stage

We are committed to a fair and comfortable recruitment process, so if you require any reasonable adjustments during your application or interview process, please reach out to a member of the team at careers@arbor-education.com.

Our commitment is also backed by our partnership with Neurodiversity Consultancy, Lexxic who provide us with training, support and advice.

Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

Our goal is for Arbor to be a workplace which represents, celebrates and supports people from all backgrounds, and which gives them the tools they need to thrive - whatever their ambitions may be so we support and promote diversity and equality, and actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

Refer a friend: Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simply email: careers@arbor-education.com

Please note: We are unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.