graduate training programme

Applications will re-open in October 2021 for a September 2022 start.

"As well as technical training, we also received soft skills training and sessions introducing us to other roles in our industry; meaning we were able to understand the broader picture and where we as statisticians and programmers fit in. Overall, I thought the programme was perfect for preparing us for our roles!"

Tasmin ArnouldGraduate Trainee 2017

About Veramed

Veramed is a specialist Contract Research Organisation (CRO) to the pharmaceutical industry with headquarters in Twickenham, London, UK. We have two other UK offices the BioHub in Greater Manchester and Swansea in Wales, as well as an office in Boston, Massachusetts, US. We have a great work ethic and culture focussing on delivering high quality statistics and programming for the reporting of Phase I-IV clinical trials across a variety of therapeutic areas to clients worldwide.

We work on exciting and challenging international projects for our clients that give us the opportunity to deliver exceptional value and high quality results. This enables us to enhance our own capabilities and grow as a team within a great working environment.

What is the Graduate Training Programme?

Our graduate training programme aims to smooth the transition from graduate to effective member of a clinical biostatistics team.  The comprehensive 12 week syllabus equips you with relevant skills and knowledge so that by the end of the training programme you will feel prepared for your new role as a Statistician or Programmer.  As well as in depth technical training, you will get an overview of the industry and a range of soft skills to help you manage projects, communicate with clients and follow specific processes. 

Even if you have some technical experience, our comprehensive programme ensures that any potential knowledge gaps are addressed. As the programme progresses you will take on more project work and client-specific training, and by the end of the 12 weeks you will have sufficient skills to work on client projects.

How is the training conducted?

At the beginning of the programme you will be given your training schedule together with your SAS training book which you will work through.  Your SAS training includes the opportunity to practice your skills and complete additional tasks in the safe environment of a mock clinical study. 

The initial part of the programme focuses on introduction to industry topics, understanding other job roles you may come into contact with, soft skills such as time management and active listening, greater depth of understanding of specific SAS procedures, and Quality.  Client-specific training is introduced as required part way through and is balanced with other training.  As you advance through the graduate training programme you will work on training and client work concurrently, spending more time on client work towards the end of the programme.

Throughout the graduate training programme and beyond, you will be supported by an assigned mentor who will be with you every step of the way. 

What happens after the programme?

As you make your way through the training programme you will be integrated more and more into the teams that you will be working with when you finish your training. You will start to work on some aspects of projects so that you can start using your skills. After 12 weeks you will be working 100% of your time on client projects as a Graduate Statistician or Programmer. At this point you will be a fully fledged Statistician or Programmer and permanent employee with us. 

What else do I need to know?

At Veramed we strive for excellence, hence we update the training programme year on year based on feedback from graduates and line managers. We therefore will be encouraging you to let us know if you feel there are gaps in the programme or in your own knowledge and so that we can look to address these either via a new training module, or through mentoring and line management sessions. We want your entry into the industry to be seamless and for you to feel supported as you embark on your career. 

During your time at Veramed you will have continuous access to a broad range of additional training that is part of the Veramed Excellence Programme. You can learn more about continuous professional development opportunities by clicking here.

Applicant profile: What do we look for in a Graduate?

  • Alongside technical ability you must be motivated and conscientious.
  • Ability to demonstrate some of the values from our Veramed Excellence Programme.
  • Demonstrate problem solving abilities with an attention to detail, along with a natural curiosity for understanding problems and an ability to be innovative with solutions.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a wider team.
  • You will also be willing to develop and learn continually.
  • You will want to be a part of Veramed’s culture and be involved with a growing company.
  • Technical abilities and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the patient centricity of the pharmaceutical industry.

Graduate Programmers

  • For programming positions we look for students who have studied a BSc in Maths, Science or Computer Science.
  • Exploring clinical trial data for a deeper understanding of the industry’s framework.
  • Manipulating data and producing clinical trial datasets to industry standards.
  • Development of statistical results for drug safety/efficacy in clinical trials.
  • Maintaining proficiency in statistical programming and apply new and varied methodology.
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary environment in a consultative manner.

To view the full job description with details of how to apply, click here.

Graduate Statisticians

  • For Statistician roles we require applicants to have a MSc in Statistics or Medical Statistics.
  • Analysing clinical trial data using appropriate methods.
  • Simulation of study design scenarios leading to more complex tasks.
  • Keep up to date with the latest statistical methods.
  • Study literature reviews to understand disease areas of interest.
  • Review and input into statistical study documents.
  • You will also be involved with statistical programming, including:
    • Manipulating data
    • Producing statistical results
    • Production of datasets

To view the full job description with details of how to apply, click here.

Veramed Excellence Programme

Our framework for continuous professional development


What it takes to become a Statistical Programmer in the Pharmaceutical Industry