Technical Director


Cambridge or Bristol, GB

Category:  IT

Job Title: Technical Director

Contract: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Location: Bristol or Cambridge


What it’s about


English Language iTutoring (ELiT) was founded in 2015 to commercialise Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning technology developed within the University of Cambridge to help students learn English as a foreign language. Our first product, Write & Improve was launched in 2016, followed by Speak & Improve in 2018. Since launch, we have received over 8 million submissions from more than a million unique users.

ELiT was recently acquired by Cambridge Assessment English and Cambridge University Press, and we are looking for an ELiT Director to ensure that the post-acquisition integration is successful, grow the team, and expand the product portfolio.

The ELiT Director will lead us as we grow into an AI and product development centre of excellence as part of a joint set of digital capabilities across Cambridge.


What you’ll be doing


  • Member of the ELiT Board, and other governance structures relevant to the machine learning eco-system that surrounds ELiT.
  • Represent and evangelise ELiT within Cambridge Assessment English, Cambridge University Press, and the broader University.
  • Lead ELiT’s technical strategy.
  • Develop and maintain a prioritised roadmap for ELiT technical development.
  • Develop and implement a growth strategy to increase ELiT’s capacity in key areas, such as large-scale data annotation and software development.
  • Ensure that ELiT continues to develop as a great and enriching place to work.
  • Build a team that can work with academic researchers specialising in the application of NLP, speech, dialogue, and multimodal processing algorithms for automated scoring and feedback capabilities.
  • Fulfill the legal and statutory obligations of a UK legal entity.


What we’re looking for


  • The role requires strong networking and interpersonal skills with ability to build positive working relationships and foster collaboration across culturally diverse groups.
  • A background in software development is essential, as is an understanding of healthy engineering culture and process.
  • The successful candidate is likely to have a big-company background, as understanding and negotiating large company processes is a key element of the role. But they also need to appreciate and be able to sustain and nurture the existing startup-style culture within ELiT
  • Demonstrable experience in a leadership position responsible for building, motivating and leading high performing development teams.
  • Experience with any of the following will be helpful, but not essential:
  • Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning technology.
  • English language teaching and assessment.
  • Working within or in collaboration with academic research organisations.


Who we are


English Language iTutoring (ELiT) We operate as part of Cambridge Assessment English, which provides exams and tests of English, helping people worldwide to learn English and prove their skills to the world. We apply Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to both Cambridge English products and our own Write & Improve and Speak & Improve (with more on the way):




We're a full-stack Clojure development house, using ClojureScript (React/reagent/re-frame) on the front-end. We're proud of the fact that we do things the right way, with extensive automated testing, continuous integration, code reviews, and fully automated deployment.


This campaign is being recruited on a continuous basis until the role is filled. Please apply ASAP to avoid missing out.

Please note: A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your CV. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.



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