Data Science Degree Apprenticeship

The Data Science Professional Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship has been introduced by Ocado Group to develop highly skilled data scientists.

Ocado Group is putting the world’s retailers online using the cloud, robotics, AI, and IoT (Internet of Things). We develop the innovative software and hardware systems that power, the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer as well as the global ‘Ocado Smart Platform’. With everything from websites to fully autonomous warehouses that we design in-house, our employees need to be specialists in a wide range of technologies to help drive our business.

Ocado Group’s data scientists work in multi-disciplinary teams - touching all areas of the business - and use machine learning and optimisation techniques to solve tough retail problems. With over 50,000 products available on our platform, thousands of bots operating in our customer fulfilment centres and thousands of vans delivering groceries to customers – the data science team is crucial to helping us understand and deliver value.

About the Degree Apprenticeship

This degree apprenticeship programme is focused on learning and development whilst also giving you real-life, impactful work, when you are ready, to be able to put those learning in to practice. You’ll receive tailored on-the-job training from a supportive team alongside academic study, provided by York St John University

Find out the full details of the programme provided by York St John here. Each year incrementally builds your skills within Data Science covering a range of modules including Numerical Analysis, Artificial Intelligence and soft skills such as Communication.

Your Learning and Development and Your Role

At the end of this programme not only will you have achieved a level 6 apprenticeship in Data Science, you will also have gained a huge amount of CV building experiences, commercial knowledge and soft skills on top. 

You will have teams of people around the business to support you in achieving this. Your manager will be your main point of contact. They will work with you daily, support you on tasks and help divide your time between study and work-related activities. The Emerging Talent team will look after you from a programme perspective. They will be organising regular Learning & Development sessions, social events and employability workshops. Beyond this, Ocado Group has Mental Health First Aiders, Listening Champions and HR Business Partners that are always on hand to support in any other way. 

20% (1 day a week) of your time on this programme will be solely dedicated to the learnings from your course, with the other 80% (4 days a week) being focused on applying and building on those learning in a working environment. During this course - ifl restrictions permit - there will be occasions where you will go to York St John’s London campus for contact time with lectures and your cohort. This course also involves blended virtual learning material too. 

Consequently, you will establish computer programme fluency in SQL, Python and Tableau and a good understanding of statistical methods. You will develop excellent communication skills, being able to articulate clear insights into complex data to key stakeholders with ease. 



To be eligible for this programme you will need 3 A-Levels (or equivalent), including 1 STEM subject. This could include a Level 3 Apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications as well as a level 4 or equivalent in Maths and English. 


The Ocado Group Story

The Ocado Group is unique. We are best known for our work creating the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailer, After 20 years of learning, investing and innovating, we have now developed the world’s most advanced end-to-end online shopping and fulfilment operation powered by our own proprietary technology and are using this to change the way the world shops.  

Having become the biggest Tech disruptors in Retail, we now partner with some of the world's largest grocers and provide them with the technology and infrastructure to enable them to deliver the best online shopping experience for their customers. We now have live sites in Canada and France with builds in the US, Australia and Japan with so much more on the horizon.

Our hard work and our values make us who we are: we’re in it together, we are proud of what we do and we know we can be even better. We need analytical, tenacious and inquisitive people who can create positive outcomes in a challenging, fast-paced environment and who are looking to join a truly innovative, fast-growing, FTSE 100 business.


What to expect once you apply

Our applications for this role will be open for 4 weeks and will close on May 14th 2021. Please get your applications in by then to avoid disappointment! 

To apply please submit a CV and a 1-page cover letter telling us about yourself and why you are interested in this programme. 

We will then be processing applications from May 14th onwards, so you may not hear from us until later that week, do not worry. We will be in touch with every applicant by May 15th to let you know the outcome of your application and any next steps. 


The Recruitment Process

Between April 16th and May 14th, we will be reviewing applications for eligibility and cover letters for motivation for applying for this Degree Apprenticeship Programme.

In May we will be hosting 1st stage video call conversations, focused on providing you more information for the programme, understanding your motivation for applying and the Ocado Values. 

In April we will be hosting final stage interviews that will include a short presentation and collaborative numerical task. 

Successful candidates will start in September with a full induction to the business and their course. 


Equal Opportunities

Be bold, be unique, be brilliant, be you. We are looking for individuality and we value diversity above gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or union participation. We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly and equally. 

For more reasons to apply, please visit: Working at Ocado Group, Diversity & Inclusion at Ocado Group, Core Pillars



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