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Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (DS Line) – Pfizer


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This is a fantastic opportunity to start a career in Data Science. Pfizer is looking to recruit a Data Scientist apprentice to help develop industry-leading data access and knowledge management infrastructure for the Pharmaceutical Sciences division.

Qualifications requirement Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent, Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or equivalent (prior to admission)
BBB-BBC at A-Level, with B in Maths and in Statistics. We will not accept A-Levels Citizenship Skills, General Studies, and Critical Thinking.
Level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship at Distinction
Salary £17,060
Holiday Entitlement 25.5 days per year
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • On-site parking
  • Onsite canteen
  • Pension Employer 3% contribution/ Employee 5% contribution


Location Sandwich, Kent
Working Hours Monday – Thursday
Start Time – 9:00am
Finish Time – 5.25pm
Lunch 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Start Time – 9:00am
Finish Time – 4:05pm
Lunch 12:00pm – 12.45pm
Duration 42 months
Start Date 4/09/2023
Interview Dates April 2023
Closing date for applications 3rd April 2023
To apply To apply, fill in your information in the online form below. If you are having difficulty in complete this, please contact recruitment on [email protected] for assistance.
Next Steps Once the position has closed, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a one way video interview, you will have 3 days to complete it.
This will be reviewed by the Hiring Manager along with your application form to decide who is brought through to the final interview.
If you have any issues in applying, please contact us on [email protected]




What can you expect from this role?

Data Sciences is responsible for developing industry-leading data access and knowledge management infrastructure for the Pharmaceutical Sciences division in Pfizer. The Data Sciences business line brings CMC digital and data methodologies together with industry best practice to actively support the registration of new small molecule programs treating a wide range of therapies.

Our remit covers both the development of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs – also known as Drug Substance (DS)) for large scale manufacturing and the development of formulated Drug Products carefully designed with the needs of the patient in mind.  Our drug programs are many years in the making and the amount of data we accumulate is vast. As programs progress through small scale Development, Tech Transfer and scale up to commercial, the Data Sciences team actively supports programs with digital tools and best practices to support. Pfizer’s Digital transformation is well underway, and we recognise the importance of Data Science in structuring this data, making connections between data streams, contextualising data, and making insights only possible with ‘big data’. Our team has a diverse skill set to help us achieve our goals, including colleagues with a deep understanding of drug development and industry best practice, data systems and solutions as well as formidable experience in the design and development of new digital solutions to support the science of drug development. As a member of this team there will always be help at hand to help you achieve success in your academic and professional career.

What can you expect from a science apprenticeship at Pfizer?

  • Work in a fast-paced environment within a highly skilled scientific community
  • Manage documents and data generated in the development of manufacturing processes
  • Develop and maintain solutions to curate metadata and support document/data retrievability
  • Develop new solutions to actively support registration of products with robust control strategies
  • Structured training activities with close mentorship
  • Exposure to a business environment operating within regulations set by external organisations including Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Learn to plan and prioritise tasks whilst evaluating progress against objectives
  • Develop excellent communication skills to communicate scientific information and allow effective collaboration in a professional environment
  • Use creative thinking to challenge assumptions, innovate and make new proposals to build on existing ideas
  • Take responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self-improvement
  • Tools to thrive and develop professionally to help enable a successful career


You’re the future. Your ambition, talents, ideas and unique way of looking at the world will help us drive innovation in every part of our business.

Our company purpose – “Breakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives” – guides our environmental sustainability priorities. We’re passionate about protecting human health. That’s reflected in our environmental sustainability goals: climate action & sustainable medicines.

Bringing Breakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives goes beyond breakthrough medicines. Climate change is impacting the health we protect and the patients we serve. It’s the challenge of our age, we need to act, and our customers and patients want us to act.

We leverage scientific innovation to reduce our environmental impact through climate impact mitigation, conservation of resources and the reduction of waste.

We will continue to work in partnership, using science to combat climate change together #ScienceWillWin

We need people with a hugely diverse range of talents. “Love Science? Want to work on the business side? Get stuck into an apprenticeship to launch a career in anything from working in the drug development labs to paralegal service”.

Pfizer’s apprenticeship scheme, run in partnership with Cogent Skills, offers the best of both worlds. You’ll work with world-leaders in your field, from researchers to business gurus. You’ll study towards a nationally recognised academic or professional qualification. And all the time, you’ll be earning a highly competitive salary.

Looking for an alternative to college or university, where you can earn while you learn, and build experience with a global leader? Find it at Pfizer.


Skills required

  • Problem solving with a logical thinking approach
  • Knowledge of document and data management concepts/philosophies
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse mix of team members effectively
  • Appreciation of the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Confident user of IT software including Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Attention to detail and ability to summarise information and write up into a report or to deliver a presentation
  • Capable of researching scientific topics and identifying key information relevant to the project
  • Ability to follow instructions and operate in a controlled environment adhering to procedures for example safety, environment, and risk management

Personal qualities

  • Interest in document/data management to support retrieval/access
  • Desire to work and ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Ability to ask questions when working on an unknown or new package of work
  • Motivated to drive your career progression and development
  • Open to change and flexibility within a work environment
  • Ability to listen and take on board the opinion of others whilst also being able to positively influence colleagues
  • Self-driven and able to set goals which are realistic but also challenging


Qualification: BSc (Hons) Data Scientist

Apprenticeship standard: Data Scientist

Training Provider: Nottingham University

Delivery Model: Blended learning – combines remote online learning and face to face block release workshops delivered in Nottingham


Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business.


The apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace. The apprentice must be willing to commit an amount of personal time to study. Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace.

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Pfizer is a leading biopharmaceutical company

Location: Sandwich, Kent
Vacancy Type: 
Salary: £17,060
Closing Date: 2nd April 2023
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