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Director of Quality Improvement Code Institute

Code Institute is seeking to appoint a skilled and experienced quality professional with a passion for learning and technology and a commercial outlook to lead the way in aligning regulatory requirements with a unique approach to delivering learning at the cutting edge of technology.

  • Location: Remote (with regular travel to Blackrock, Co. Dublin)
  • Salary: £70,000 - £75,000
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

Code Institute is an industry leader in EdTech, delivering accredited and industry-validated courses via fully online or blended delivery models, that allow individuals to begin a new career with a software development focus.

The organisation delivers directly to learners and also partners with further education colleges across the UK and Europe, to provide an EdTech solution of platform, content and support.

In addition, Code Institute partners with governments around the world to deliver social impact through learning via training initiatives related to employment, diversity and equality in the tech sector.

The organisation is in a growth stage having doubled in size in recent years, and has an ambitious continuous growth strategy in place.

About the role

The Director of Quality Improvement is a new role for the organisation, expanding our senior leadership team to provide an explicit focus on ensuring the educational programmes we deliver are world-class and meet the needs and requirements of the multiple complex bodies that regulate our provision.

The successful candidate will report directly to the CEO and will have oversight and control over the quality of learning delivery, driving a standardised approach to quality across all commercial, funded, accredited and non-accredited provision, with a view to ensuring that every learner receives a high-quality learning experience that allows them to progress into meaningful job outcomes or further study.

The organisation delivers funded education in England via Skills Bootcamps, and the postholder will be the nominee for Ofsted inspections under the Education Inspection Framework.

This is a fully remote role, so the postholder can be based anywhere in the UK but will need to be willing to travel to the organisation’s head office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, on a regular basis, with travel expenses paid by the organisation.

Initially, the role will have no direct reports but over time, the postholder will have the opportunity to develop a full and dedicated department that supports the organisation’s ambitious growth plans.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking an experienced quality leader who is solutions-focused, with a dynamic and fast-paced approach. You will need the ability to manage multiple priorities, have a high level of attention to detail and the ability to interpret Code Institute’s unique approach to learning and delivery and map this to traditional regulatory requirements.

Exemplary skills in stakeholder management are essential, and you should be highly skilled in communicating both conversely and through writing documents and reports to an exceptional standard.

We don’t mind if you come from a traditional FE college or an independent training/Edtech provider, but you must have experience of leading the quality of online delivery, an understanding of the changing nature of digital content and the ability to influence projects and developments at the cutting edge of education technology at pace.

You will have experience of playing a key or leading role in Ofsted inspections, ideally having experience of both new provider monitoring visits and full inspection regimes under the Education Inspection Framework — or be able to demonstrate that you understand the differing requirements at each.

In addition, you will demonstrate the ability to understand and interpret the requirements of multiple regulatory frameworks and have experience in developing systems, processes and practices to ensure the organisation exceeds the expectations of these at all times, whilst being confident to present and justify our outside the box approach.

The organisation uses various LMS, CRM and MIS systems to support the onboarding and progression of learners and whilst we don’t expect you to come with a working knowledge of all of these, we do expect you to be able to work quickly to understand how to utilise these systems to ensure a data-driven approach in identifying areas of focus and decision making. In addition, you should have above average skills in Excel and the ability to interpret and present data.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Katy Lennon | katy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07496 885125

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Welcome from the CEO

Thank you for taking the time to review the post of Director of Quality Improvement, a vital role in the continued growth and evolution of Code Institute.

There has never been a more exciting time in education, full of opportunity and change. Code Institute is playing a part in driving educational change — we are an exciting education company delivering a new approach to education in an increasingly digital world, and this role will positively influence making education more inclusive, accessible and relevant in its delivery.

The successful candidate will provide strategic guidance to the senior leadership team, overseeing the continued development and management of Code Institutes’ academic quality and standards in learning delivery across our FE programmes. They will be responsible for Code Institutes’ regulatory obligations with regard to quality and standards.

This critical role reports directly to the CEO — they will also have a reporting function to the Board of Directors. They will sit as part of the Quality Assurance and compliance team. Working closely with the Qualification Validations and Compliance Manager and the senior leadership team, they will be expected to challenge, support and provide solutions to help Code Institute and our students’ continued success.

Again, I’d like to thank you for your interest; we look forward to receiving your application.

Jim Cassidy
CEO, Code Institute


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Katy Lennon | katy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07496 885125

About Code Institute

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Code Institute is a high-growth scaling business (CAGR YOY growth of >35%), currently employing over 100 FTEs across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. Code Institute is a global leader in delivering coding skills that enable our learners to switch to a career in software development.

Our mission is to create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable tech industry by making a tech career accessible to all. Demand for software developers rapidly escalates as digitisation accelerates, and hundreds of thousands of new roles open monthly. Our online programmes give learners a direct pathway into these careers.

The industry recognises Code Institute as the gold standard in career conversion, each programme is industry-validated and University credit-rated or accredited by the relevant awarding body.

We deliver software development programmes directly to learners via our online learning platform and proprietary analytics platform.

We also work directly with the government, local authorities and further education providers on funded delivery and training initiatives related to employment, diversity and equality in the tech sector.

Learn more about Code Institute here.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Katy Lennon | katy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07496 885125

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 10 a.m. Tuesday 29th August 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 4th September 2023
    First stage interviews: Thursday 7th September 2023 (Online)
    Second stage interviews: Tuesday 12th September 2023 (Online)

    The organisation welcomes early applications to the role.


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