Are you in your penultimate year of study and looking to work in a fast paced, global, market leading company for your industrial placement?

Here at Innovative Technology we have an excellent opportunity for a Data Science Intern to join our talented team in our global head office in Oldham, Manchester for 12 months starting in Summer 2024.

The Role 

As a Data Science Intern, at Innovative Technology you’ll work closely with our experienced team of Data Scientists to support the research and development of both traditional and cutting-edge machine learning algorithms for use with current and future product ranges.

Whether you’re researching, developing or implementing machine learning algorithms, you’ll have an opportunity to showcase your data science skills while being responsible for progress of your own project and its development.

Here at Innovative Technology we give our placements the ability to demonstrate their understanding of their specialist subject while getting invaluable industry experience.

This position is suited to a student in their penultimate year of University who has an eagerness to learn and to make the most of an opportunity to experience working with professionals in their chosen field.

Your Responsibilities

In a fast-paced environment that offers opportunities to create and to develop, our Data Scientists are applying all aspects of their learning while delivering against targets, supporting and improving the accuracy and performance of our validators and ensuring they can deliver in the field with real acceptance and counterfeit rejection.

Our Data Scientists have exposure to all elements of data science and their role includes – but is not limited to – the following:

  • Research
  • Investigating and resolving issues through data diagnostics
  • Assisting technical leads in providing twice yearly updates to the validation algorithm
  • Planning and implementing improvements to the validation algorithms, including (but not limited to):
    • image processing and feature extraction
    • 1D signals classification
    • image classification
    • data management within the processing pipeline.

As our intern, you would be given a project within one or more of those areas and, with the assistance of more senior members of the team, you would make it a reality. You would receive support and training on the technical aspects of the project, but you would have the opportunity to research and decide on the best ways to pursue it.


An undergraduate working towards a degree in either Data Science, Mathematics, Computer Science or a similar related subject.

Your Skills & and Experience

  • A superficial understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms.
  • Some experience of programming in Python, or similar associated tools.
  • An excellent communicator who’s analytically minded with a practical approach to solving problems.

Your Package & Perks

  • A competitive salary
  • Flexible working hours
  • Paid breaks, with free hot premium drinks
  • 32 days holiday (including public holidays) and the opportunity to earn up to an extra 13 days holiday each year
  • Enhanced Pension Contribution
  • A choice of healthcare schemes
  • Dental Scheme
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite electric car charging points and staff car workshop
  • Free secure parking
  • Free onsite modern gym
  • Educational Sponsorship
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Informal dress code

We’re Innovative

Trading for over 30 years here at Innovative Technology, where we now have offices on five continents and employ around 400 people, with over 150 based from our state-of-the-art R&D hub.

From self-service checkouts to arcade machines, we provide our retail, banking, kiosk, vending, gaming and amusement customers with products and services that help them securely accept automated payments, with our industry-leading technology keeping us at the forefront of our sector. We also provide facial analysis technology for age estimation and control access for some of the world’s leading companies.

By being true to our values of Innovation, Collaboration, Respect and Drive we’ve seen significant growth and won numerous domestic and international awards, whilst offering outstanding career opportunities and great benefits. You’ll find us on the edge of the Pennines and less than half an hour from central Manchester, with modern offices, free parking and excellent transport links.

We are a disability-confident employer, as such we will shortlist all candidates meeting our minimum criteria (as specified in the job description) who state they have a disability within their application.

What’s next?

If you’re looking to develop as a Data Scientist throughout your Industrial Placement Year and want to join our award-winning team on the latest cutting-edge technology we want to hear from you.

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