Who we are
Apolitical is a global peer-to-peer platform connecting the people working in government to the ideas, experts and partners they need to solve the hardest challenges facing our societies. Our mission is to make government great for citizens everywhere. We have just launched our platform — featured in the Financial Times — and raised a second round of investment to develop the product and expand our global government and partner engagement.
We believe that addressing the great challenges and opportunities of our time – from migration and cybersecurity to violence and urbanisation – requires smart, creative policymaking. Our core product is a knowledge and network platform, designed to give public servants better access to the policies, experts and partners they need. It brings the aesthetic of consumer tech and media and the power of data analysis and machine learning to the often dry impenetrable domain of policy. Over time, we will be evolving and expanding the platform to support those working in and with government in a variety of ways – including making it easier for government to find and work with the world’s most innovative tech startups.
At a time when government is under pressure everywhere, using digital tools to transform the business of government in countries all over the planet is one of the greatest technology endeavours of the age. Facilitating more innovative, connected, evidence-based policymaking, more data-driven procurement practices and more transformative partnerships will improve the lives of millions of people all over the world. We seek extraordinary developers – who are excited to be part of that vision – to join a team of talented, ambitious and mission-driven people.
Apolitical has offices in the hearts of London and Berlin, with a US office in the pipeline.
What we do
Our core platform product helps public servants find what they need to make better policy decisions. Policymakers and their partners can login to our private network and discover one another via interactive maps and private directories. Our topic feeds bring them the latest and most important policies and opinions from around the world, along with curated forums, exclusive events and live online conversations with leaders. Both the scale of this platform offering and the user base are expanding rapidly. The platform brings together public servants from all over the world – 60 countries just a month after launch – to a space where they can find the best policy ideas and the best people to help execute them, unlocking the potential to change the lives of millions of people globally.
We are prototyping a products and services marketplace for innovative startups to showcase themselves to government, we will soon be speccing out a native mobile application and moving towards integrating machine learning across the platform – supported by a partnership with two machine learning spinouts from Oxford University. Alongside our platform, Apolitical partners with key government and non-government innovators to curate and convene events and webinars on pressing issues, which in turn brings content and members to our platform.
We look for exceptional, mission-driven people and we believe in working hard but also in having fun. We are committed to creating a company that is good not only for the world but also for its employees. We are deeply mission- and values-driven. Our core values, and how they inform our decisions and actions, are:
- Public Service First
- A deep respect for the work of public servants everywhere as a force for good
- A commitment to ensuring everything we do on the platform always benefits our public service members
- Involving public servants in the design and creation of new features
- Undaunted by the scale of the world’s challenges and excited to learn, even from mistakes
- A focus on what’s working today (more than we think) as a foundation for improving tomorrow (which can be better than we think)
- An optimism about people: our network members, our team members, citizens everywhere
- Openness and a belief that the best solutions can come from anywhere
- A belief that sharing benefits governments, societies and citizens
- A deep curiosity about ideas from unfamiliar places and voices
- Trust (Don’t be dodgy)
- Remembering always that government relies on the public’s trust to function
- Hiring talented, mission-driven people who can take ownership and solve problems to build a company that government can rely on
- New York Times Test. Asking ourselves the question: if any internal deliberations were ever published on the front page of the New York Times, could we hold our heads up high and justify them?
This person will have enormous scope to drive the technical decisions that shape the platform, as well as helping to build the rest of the team, and thus the company at large. You will report to the Director of Product, whilst working closely with all members of the Apolitical team – from the content department to the community and growth staff. We have senior technology advisors from high profile companies who can provide mentoring and advice as you navigate new challenges and technologies. You will initially start in a small team of 2-3 developers, however we are expanding rapidly and you should enjoy the prospect of being part of a bigger team within the next year.
You ensure the highest quality code is delivered in line with product cycles, and keep flexibility, security and our unique and influential user base front-of-mind at all times. You are comfortable with agile methodology and thrive working in a team whilst still being comfortable in a distributed company. Challenges excite rather than discourage you, and you are a creative force on the team; proactively suggesting ideas on multiple aspects of the business and the platform. You have a genuine appetite for staying abreast of new technologies and bring this to the table as Apolitical continues to integrate advanced tools such as machine learning into the platform.
Technical Skills and Experience
Our platform leverages social network functions such as messaging and posting, followable newsfeeds of stylised content, advanced search and filter, interactive maps and is moving towards online marketplaces and machine learning powered recommendations. We will increasingly be leveraging advanced data technologies and techniques, such as through our machine learning partnerships. Experience working with such tools would be an advantage.
We are only looking for exceptional, serious full stack developers who are committed to writing strong, sustainable, clean code. Our team will obsess over millisecond improvements, and be constantly thinking about the user experience of our features.
Skills and experience should include:
- Experience with both backend and frontend development
- Minimum 2 to 3 years’ experience
- Comfort adapting from an existing WordPress codebase
- Required languages [as a minimum]
And one or more of the following:
- Ruby on Rails
- Understanding of end to end processes that underpin delivery of a web app, from UX research to Quality Assurance
- Knowledge of RDBMS database concepts and SQL
- Experience in agile development
- Deeply committed to security, the protection of our users and the preservation of their trust in Apolitical
- Bachelor’s degree (preferred but not essential)
Our Work Style
Apolitical values hard and smart work, whilst having fun along the way, and respects and supports people’s lives outside of work. We are a highly flexible and supportive workplace — location, hours, holidays — asking team members to consider the needs and deadlines of the team. We are committed to building a company that is great for the world and great for the people who work with us.
Please send a CV and covering letter explaining your motivation for applying to the role and highlighting examples where you have demonstrated the required skills and qualities to the Director of Product on firstname.lastname@example.org
NON-DISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY
Apolitical does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.
Apolitical is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, colour, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.