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IT Apprenticeship

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-069764 Date posted 01/03/2020

At AstraZeneca we push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines

In AstraZeneca IT, we push the boundaries of technology to achieve positive business outcomes

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you’ll develop beyond what you thought possible. We need great people who share our passion for science & technology and have the drive and determination to meet the needs of patients around the world.

Our scientific research and development and technology innovation is afforded the utmost respect so we give our people the same. We do everything we can to make sure each AstraZeneca person has everything they need to stretch themselves and see what they can achieve.

As a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business, our focus is on developing new medicines that make a meaningful difference to patients’ lives, and the UK is right at the heart of our efforts to do that.

With over 6,700 employees in the UK and more than 59,000 in over 100 countries worldwide, you could be part of delivering life-changing medicines that improve patients’ lives and benefit society globally.

In IT, we are passionate about driving technology innovation, continuously improving our IT environment to ensure our internal teams can do their best work and successfully deliver our business goals.

We do this by encouraging creative thinking and new ideas and maintaining a strong customer focus, enabling us to fully understand all our business areas, how they operate and how we, in IT, create maximum value for them.

We need great people who share our passion for technology led science, are driven, determined and hard-working. In return, we will support your formal and ‘on the job’ development, making the most of your skills and passion to help you in reaching your ultimate career aspirations.

Where you start your journey with us doesn't determine the course of your career; many of our people develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of the roles they perform and the countries they work in. We won’t limit your capabilities by what's possible for you now but by what's possible for them in the future.

Our apprenticeship programme is designed to give you a broad understanding of our IT function alongside being involved in a variety of critical activities and projects we are delivering to the business.

During this 4-year programme, you will have the opportunity to complete several 8-month rotations in different areas of our function, in line with your interests, skills, knowledge and experience – to help you decide which career pathway you would like to take.

Throughout your apprenticeship with us you will have the opportunity to carry out some of the following roles:

  • Business Analyst
  • User Experience Researcher
  • Innovation Design Analyst
  • Innovation Technologist
  • Global Mobility Analyst
  • Agile Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Content Analyst
  • Global Data Analyst
  • And many more……

So, in one rotation, you could be a Business Analyst, gathering requirements from our scientists, who are working on a new cancer drug; you may then work with different parts of IT to see how we meet their requirements. On another rotation, as a Project Manager you could be working with our Operations team implementing a technology solution to improve the drug manufacturing process

Whichever role you perform, you will:

  • Build knowledge of your IT area & the customer area(s) you are working with
  • Have an important, contributing role in the team
  • Have support from your line manager, your mentor and your buddy to help you deliver at your best
  • Drive your own development, through formal learning and/or experience
  • Have the opportunity to build core skills, such as presenting, influencing, stakeholder engagement & management etc.
  • Maintain a strong peer network with your fellow apprentices & our other Early Talent employees
  • Have the opportunity to get involved in activities that benefit society and our local areas, such as charity fundraising, helping school leavers decide on their next steps, building exposure of technology to students etc.
  • Benefit from working in diverse, global company where we value and embrace the advantage true diversity can bring to a workplace…you may even get the opportunity to visit your colleagues in other countries

Training and Development

In return for your drive, determination, hard work and dedication to AstraZeneca IT, we are delighted to be able to sponsor you through completing your Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital & Technology Solutions https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/digital-and-technology-solutions-professional-integrated-degree/ at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) or Anglia Ruskin University (depending on your work location) through a 4-year programme.

We have worked closely with local universities for a number of years and formed part of the trailblazing group who made this degree apprenticeship a reality.

A degree apprenticeship combines full-time paid work with us and part-time university learning; offering you the opportunity to gain a full qualification (just like you would if you went to uni full-time) whilst being involved in real-life delivery, practical learning and getting paid!

As well as this, you will be supported on a day to day basis with:

  • Opportunities to apply your learning in the workplace
  • Reasonable time out to attend university and study (during study leave)
  • Focussed objectives and goals for the duration of each rotation role
  • Further development to support broader learning
  • Time with your line manager, mentor, buddy and Early Talent network

Skills and Capabilities

We would be looking for the following attributes from our successful applicants:

  • A strong desire to learn
  • A real passion for technology and science
  • Quick and agile thinker
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong organisation skills
  • Demonstrable initiative
  • Self-motivation
  • Minimum of 96 points at A-level (Grades CCC) or an equivalent.  In addition, 5 GCSE’s at 9-4 (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Relocation support will be offered on an individual basis

 To apply for this position, please click the apply link below.

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements

Opening date of advert:  3rd January 2020

Closing date of advert:   19th March 2020

This is a Fixed Term Contract opportunity based at Macclesfield or Cambridge with a competitive salary on offer  

Successful candidates will be notified after the closing date and will be asked to attend an Assessment day during week commencing 20th and 27th April 2020 in Macclesfield or Cambridge.

If you share our passion for scientific excellence, find out more at careers.astrazeneca.com

These positions are not open to those already educated to Bachelors degree level or above – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details https://careers.astrazeneca.com/students



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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