Data Scientist Apprentice

Building 5, Hatters Lane, Watford, WD18 8YE
£25,000.00 annually
16 Feb 2021
15 Mar 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
We are currently looking to expand our Advanced Technology team by adding a data science capability. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of an expanding and highly skilled team. In this position, you will be challenged technically across multiple disciplines and have an opportunity to apply and grow your data science skills and experience.

Using cloud based data science tools to investigate and analyse information from unstructured source (such as x ray images) and structured data (e.g. sales, products, customers), to help the business derive insights from our data for example patient information. Data science analysis will allow the business to explore new innovative areas for the Research and Development function of the business.

This role will draw on and expand on IT analytical skills, using technology to innovate, data modelling, data visualisation, user experience, data and information.

The Data Scientistrole will use IT analytical skills, using technology to innovate, data modelling, data visualisation, user experience, data and information to add insight to our business.

The key technical skills and responsibilities for this role are:

Analytics : Undertake analytical activities and deliver analysis outputs of unstructured data, structured data and external data, in accordance with customer needs and conforming to agreed standards. Apply a range of mathematical, statistical, predictive modelling and machine-learning techniques to data provided by business stakeholders.


Within given analytical research goals, assists in selection and review of appropriate data sources.

Read relevant articles to update knowledge of the relevant field. Reports on work carried out.

Apply data analysis, design, modelling, and quality assurance techniques, based upon a detailed understanding of business processes, to establish, modify or maintain data structures and associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions). Liaise with database designers and other application development team members on the details of data structures and associated components.

Using data science techniques to define, tailor, implement, measure, assess, measure and automate data. Work to improve methods and tools to support data analysis.

Data management:

Takes responsibility for the accessibility, security, quality, retention and ethical handling of specific subsets of data. The ethics apply when we are working with health care data. Assesses the integrity of data from multiple sources. Manipulates specific data from information services, to satisfy defined information needs. Apply ethical and robust techniques in the transformation of data from one format to another.

Design, code, verify, test, document simple programs/scripts. Apply agreed standards and tools, to achieve a well-engineered result. Review own work.

Select appropriate visualisation approach from a range of applicable options. Contributes to exploration and experimentation in data visualisation.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a passion for data. You will be required to have good communication skills to understand business needs from data and communicate patterns and insights you derive from the data. A self-starter who can identify opportunities to add business insights to datasets.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills - Essential
  • Attention to detail -Essential
  • Critical thinking - Desirable
  • Time management- Desirable
  • Problem solving- Desirable

Personal qualities

  • Motivation - Essential
  • Adaptability - Desirable
  • Team work - Desirable

Desired qualifications

Entry requirements are agreed and set, based on numerous factors including availability of additional on-the-job support, by both the employer and NCH.

As such, entrance requirements may vary between apprenticeships.

Typically, employers require:
  • Three A levels (or equivalent at CCC or above)
  • At least Grade 4/C GCSE maths, English and IT or equivalent

Some applicants may not have traditional qualifications as listed above, and have prior learning and skills developed from the workplace, these will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Apprentices will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria.

Future prospects

There is an opportunity to grow the role further as we develop the capability by demonstrating the value within in the business, which can lead to further opportunities beyond the apprenticeship. This apprenticeship will build towards a new capability within Smith + Nephew and we expect this to grow into a team, adding value to different global teams in the business.

Things to consider

The apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace.

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