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Student Placement - IT Business Analyst (London)

Start Date: Summer 2021

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We offer exciting 12-month placement opportunities for university students approaching their penultimate study year and who are looking for an industry placement as part of their degree. A placement with us will give you the opportunity to collaborate alongside subject matter experts, bring your own ideas and share real responsibility whilst delivering on meaningful projects that help on our mission to save and improve lives, all whilst working alongside a passionate, diverse and inclusive workforce.

This role will be based in our brand new, state-of-the-art co-working facilities in Moorgate, London; with fantastic amenities and support services including a gym, coffee bar and conference rooms.

Hear what some of our previous students and graduates have to say about their experiences on our programmes

"If you’re considering doing a placement year with MSD, I’d say go for it, I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!"

Who we are?

We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products. We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With over 70,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of over 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

We are officially certified by the Top Employer Institute and been awarded the exclusive Top Employer United Kingdom Certification for the third year running.

Job Description: 

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organisation. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security. 

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organisational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation. 


  • Implementation of new IT systems in-line with business needs: 
  • Development of new business applications to meet business specifications, project timescales and user expectations 
  • Provide technical expertise to implement and integrate new and existing systems and technologies 
  • Opportunity to manage and deliver your own projects with guidance from your mentor.

Maintenance and development of existing IT systems: 

  • Participate in change management processes working with key stakeholders to deliver continuous improvement 
  • Provide technical expertise to implement and/or improve existing or new systems and solutions 
  • Opportunities to work cross-functionally with several different departments across our company 
  • Delivering projects throughout different phases of the system development lifecycle.

Maintain compliance to our Corporate and Regulatory guidelines for IT systems: 

  • Ensure all company applications adhere to the company data risk management and security requirements 
  • Ensure the company specific System Development Life Cycle is followed and all associated documentation created and approved.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join the vibrant and friendly IT department, working in an Agile environment to deliver business demands and drive business value. Moreover, the candidate will be able to gain insight into a global company, its working environment through various training courses, interactive meetings and will have the opportunity to manage and deliver projects with guidance from a mentor. 

Technical Specifications 

  • You will be looking to complete a 12-month placement in your third or penultimate year of study, returning to your course at the end of the placement 
  • Studying towards a degree (or equivalent qualification)  
  • Demonstrates analytical and technical ability 
  • Excellent computer skills 
  • Excellent problem solving and innovating skills 
  • Display excellent attention to detail and the ability to deliver to deadlines.

Qualities we look for 

  • Operates with a high level of integrity, transparency and accountability  
  • Comprehends and aligns with our organisation’s core values 
  • Aligns and fosters a culture of diversity and inclusivity  
  • Demonstrates initiative, proactivity and academic curiosity 
  • Encourages and boosts their colleagues through teamwork 
  • Demonstrates clear and effective communication 
  • Demonstrates a desire to learn and improve their performance through feedback.

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  • Ongoing
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • London
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