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Data Science Graduate Programme

applications ended: 30/11/2016


"We're always looking for new ways to use technology to make us better, stronger and more responsive to our customers and their needs."


We're already the number one global insurance brand and a world leader in asset management, but we have some very big ambitions. Especially around technology.

From Big Data to mobile services, we're thinking and acting far beyond what you might expect, always looking for new ways to use technology to make us better, stronger and more responsive to our customers and their needs. As a Data Scientist, you'll be front and centre of the AXA business, exploring our huge data sources to find new insights and predict future outcomes, while simultaneously developing your knowledge and skill-sets.

Typical placement programme

You'll work across AXA UK, playing an integral part in enabling the future strategy with data at the forefront of our business. You'll ask and answer some big questions: Are we using our customers' data ethically and effectively? Is there a more innovative way to generate meaningful, actionable insight? Working closely with business and IT teams, you'll analyse large data sets and test out hypotheses. You'll carry out modelling using advanced statistical/mathematical models, and predict and segment data to generate business value. And, vitally, you'll effectively communicate your findings to both business and technical audiences within AXA.

Who should apply?

Like us, you're excited by the possibilities and opportunities that Big Data brings. Analytical and thorough, you have a strong passion for research and for answering tough questions with hard facts. What's more, you can turn complex quantitative analysis into clear and precise actions. You'll have a deep interest and a good understanding of current and emerging trends with data, data analytics and big data. You'll also be up-to-speed with scalable data mining and machine learning techniques, statistical relational learning and data technologies and languages. We'd like you have worked with large data sets and distributed computing tools like MapReduce, Hadoop, Hive, Pig, etc. Ideally, you will hold an MSc or PhD in Data Science or an analytical subject (Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science) or other quantitative discipline.

Rewards and benefits

You'll start on a basic salary of at least £26,000 with £1,500 incremental salary increases for the successful completion of each of the three placements and receive a performance-related bonus, too (reward review pending). You'll enjoy 25 days' holiday, company pension scheme, share options and, if you're relocating, we'll help out financially with that too. And it's only right that we give you a healthy discount on AXA products.

Learning and development

Tailored to you, owned by you, driven by you, your Personal Development Plan will ensure you have the constant support and guidance of your line managers and mentors. We'll also support you to gain relevant professional qualifications, if that's something you're keen to do.

We send all of our new graduates to our Global Headquarters in Paris where you will spend one day mixing with other AXA graduates from around the world and hearing from our Global Leaders. You will then spend an additional two days at a chateau outside of Paris that doubles as one of our learning centres, where you will work on core elements of graduate development together.

As well as on-the-job training, you'll receive regular one-to-one coaching from your line managers. Feedback's vital, and regular performance reviews are part-and-parcel of the programme. It's important that, at every stage, you know how you're doing and where you need to do more.