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Chief Technical Officer - Beautiful Canoe

Informatics & Digital Engineering

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £35,333 to £42,155 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (20 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 19 August 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R220487
Release Date:  Thursday 28 July 2022

We are seeking to appoint a Chief Technical Officer to Beautiful Canoe, Aston University’s Student Enterprise. Beautiful Canoe was set up as a way to address the need for Computer Science students to gain professional experience before joining the workplace. This is addressed in two ways. Firstly technical supervision to help students gain an understanding of software development through the whole life cycle. Secondly we also work with the students helping them develop their soft skills that are just as important in the professional workplace.

Beautiful Canoe is closely linked with the Department of Computer Science which delivers distinctive programmes at undergraduate and Masters levels that achieve some of the highest employability rates for CS graduates in the UK. The department values impactful research and staff expertise includes AI, robotics, machine learning, natural language processing, HCI, computing education, digital health, software engineering, and cyber security, often spanning discipline boundaries. The successful candidate will provide technical leadership and oversight of all software development projects and systems at Beautiful Canoe, Aston University’s software development student enterprise. This will involve ensuring the strategic technical objectives of Beautiful Canoe are effectively operationalised. The post holder will provide technical direction and work in a largely independent manner, organising and prioritising the work of the Technical Team, in order to achieve Beautiful Canoe’s objectives.

You will have a degree in Computer Science or a related discipline and/or a career providing equivalent experience. 

For further information, please contact the Chief Executive Officer, Beautiful Canoe, Julien Barney, on +44 (0)121 204 4930 or

We would particularly like to encourage applications from those returning to academia after a period of absence and applicants who share our desire to be a diverse and inclusive team. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised recently by a prestigious Gold Award to the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and family atmosphere.

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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised by a silver award, and we are a Disability Confident Employer Level 2. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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