Chief Strategy Officer

Camden Town, England, United Kingdom · Strategy



FutureLearn Background Summary:

FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. Nearly 10 million people worldwide have signed up to FutureLearn courses. FutureLearn uses design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible online courses and degrees that improve working lives. It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities, as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (HEE). It is also the online platform underpinning government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education

Role Summary/ Overview - Chief Strategy Officer (CSO):

The Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) will have responsibility for defining the FutureLearn company strategy, reviewing and refreshing the strategy annually and also periodically throughout the year. The CSO will inform the Senior Leadership Team’s (SLT) plans to ensure that they align with the overall company strategy or adapted based on fresh data and market conditions. The CSO will be expected to work with the new role of Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) to create and communicate a clear tactical and operational plan and with the newly created role of Chief People Officer (CPO), ensure this is reflected in the organisation design of FutureLearn.

Purpose of the role:

There will be four key areas of focus for the CSO and in addition, they will be expected to represent the CEO on occasion:

1) Company Strategy:

2) Research & Insights:

3) Content Strategy:

4) Competitor Analysis:


To be successful in the role of Chief Strategy Officer it will be important for the incumbent to have in depth knowledge of:

Experience required:

Personal attributes:

In such a role requiring a considerable amount of collaboration and teamwork across multiple business areas, it will be essential that the Chief Strategy Officer would be:

FutureLearn Values:


A comprehensive benefits package is available


Please submit a CV and cover letter. On your cover letter please address the following points;

  1. Tell us the 3 reasons why you would be an asset to Future Learn.
  2. Tell us the 3 key skills you have which you believe would be an asset for this specific role.
  3. Tell us the 3 key reasons why you want to work for FutureLearn.
  4. Tell us the 3 ways you believe you align with the values of Future Learn.

The closing date for application is the 23rd of July at midnight UK time.

Please contact [email protected] if you require any help of support during the recruitment process.

FutureLearn is an equal opportunities organisation who value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We are especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented, including those from the LGBTQ+ community, neurodiverse people, people with disabilities, and those from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.


We value diversity at FutureLearn, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender assignment, age, pregnancy, maternity and paternity status, or disability status, marital and civil partnership status.

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