R&D Apprentice

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Date: 06-Aug-2022

Location: Slough, GB

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.


Apprentice - Design and Knowledge Management
£18,711 per annum
Slough, Berks SL2 5DS 


Apprentice – Introduction 
If you have A levels in a technical subject and are interested in working with data this is an incredible opportunity to launch your career in a business that is a world expert in making coatings. Operating in over 150 countries, AkzoNobel is home to well-known brands, such as the UK’s favourite Dulux paint, and has been awarded Top Employer status in the UK & Europe. We are now recruiting an Apprentice to join our Design and Knowledge Management (D&KM) team and work with internal customers to deliver high quality analyses to assist data driven decision making. Your work will support value engineering projects, new product development, new innovations, raw material harmonisation and complexity reduction activities for the business in the UK and other parts of our global operation.


The training route for this role includes completing level 4 Data Analyst training via Digital Native Partner in London then levels 5-6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeship programme via Bucks New University, Aylesbury. 20% of your time will be allocated to training you to degree level, the rest of the time will be on the job training.


Apprentice – The Role
•    Assist in gathering datasets and from a variety of sources
•    Receive training to work towards becoming a Data Analyst
•    Carry out analysis to accelerate Research & Development projects
•    Collaborate with colleagues to design experiments using statistical methods to build understanding of best formulating practices
•    Track progress of experiments & keep all stakeholders informed
•    Collaborate with local & global teams to provide guidance and assistance in analysing & visualising data
•    Support the development of new experimental capabilities
•    Work safely & in-line with company & legal regulations


Modules covered in training

•    Introduction to Statistics
•    Data Tools
•    Data Quality
•    Corporate, Legal and Moral aspects of Technology and Data
•    The data and Analytics Lifecycles
•    Story Telling
•    Big Data Fundamentals

Apprentice – About You
•    ‘A’ levels in science/Maths/IT based subjects 
•    Interest in IT and data
•    Proficient in MSOffice
•    Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
•    Enjoys a collaborative working environment where supporting colleagues is key
•    Enjoys sharing knowledge & skills
•    Curiosity to question & a willingness to learn.
•    Driving license (or you must be able to travel to London and Aylesbury for the training element)


Apprentice – What Is In It For You 
We offer great personal development opportunities and roles with breadth, depth of scope and impact. We also offer comprehensive packages including:
•    Competitive Salary (depending on experience)
•    25 days holiday excluding bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Staff discount at Dulux Decorator Centre stores
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    Employee Life Assurance
•    Company pension
•    product discounts 
•    Flexible benefits scheme offering benefits including childcare vouchers, Gymflex, retail card, dental cover and more!


Apprentice – How to Apply 
Apply online via the link below and we will get back to you. 


We have been inventing the future for more than two centuries and need people like you to be part of the team.  


We are advocates of a healthy work life balance and mental wellbeing. We are happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles.




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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 23993