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BASF Professional Development Program (PDP)- Data Science Class of 2021 in Florham Park, New Jersey

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Professional Development Program (PDP) – Data Science Class of 2021

Where the Chemistry Happens…

BASF's Data Science Professional Development Program (PDP) is created to provide highly motivated, mobile-minded current university students an opportunity to enhance their professional skills through a variety of diverse learning experiences. Participants will contribute to real-world rotational assignments within different domestic locations. They will explore career options and develop technical and professional decision-making skills, while fulfilling specific business needs. Participants also have the opportunity to assess their capabilities, skills, and interests and gain valuable exposure to BASF's culture, values, and decision-makers.

You start as a member of a leading edge team with expertise in Data Science, Statistics, and Operations Research - Advanced Business Analytics (ABA). Advanced Business Analytics co-creates and delivers innovative data-driven solutions for better business decisions through mathematical modeling. These solutions are developed and delivered in collaboration with all business and functional units (including Procurement, Production, Supply Chain, Planning & Controlling, Marketing & Sales, and Finance).Two subsequent rotations offer the perspective of implementing applications in our operating, manufacturing or research divisions.


Responsible for leveraging mathematics to propel paradigm shifts across the entire company, the incumbent will support the initiation, execution, and completion of projects in the areas of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Optimization to increase business profitability and reduce costs.


The incumbent will be ‘hands-on’ and work on projects, to execute deliverables during all phases of an analytics project, starting from project definition to completion. Deliverables will include the development of the appropriate mathematical models, collaborating with members from other functions to gather and validate the necessary data, and presenting the project results and benefits to key stake holders and internal clients. Also, communicating the ideas and solutions of advanced business analytics to a broad community of non-mathematicians and acting as a driving force in international and interdisciplinary project teams will be a key success-factor.


Program Summary:


  • As a highly motivated rising graduate, you will participate in a 24-month cross-functional program with three, eight-month rotations in various technical areas, including: Advanced Analytics, Manufacturing/Operations, Supply Chain, Procurement, Planning & Controlling, Marketing & Sales, and Research and Development (R&D)
  • Your ability to be mobile will be critical, as this program is comprised of three, eight-month assignments, all based in separate locations throughout the U.S.
  • Successfully engaging across the business, you will be exposed to the leadership, technical, and digital aspects of BASF’s business and research operations
  • Upon your completion of the program, you may be offered placement within the organization in a variety of disciplines
  • Available start dates are June and August of 2021 with a required weeklong orientation conference in New Jersey in August 2021

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

  • Enhanced career development and value delivery to BASF through planned assignments
  • Development of your technical expertise and the ability to network at senior levels throughout BASF
  • A comprehensive program of employee benefits, including an award-winning flexible work arrangement and a competitive retirement savings plan

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Formula for Success:

  • Upcoming graduates receiving a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Data Analytics/Science, Software Engineering, Statistics, Chemical Engineering, or related field between May 2021 – August 2021
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. now and in the future without restrictions or need for future sponsorship
  • Commitment to relocate anywhere in the U.S. during and upon placeoff from the program
  • Demonstrated academic achievement (minimum GPA 3.2)
  • Programming experience in R or Python, other languages a plus
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Fast learner
  • Motivated to learn about machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, and new technologies
  • Active participation in extra-curricular activities and on-campus organizations
  • Previous internship/co-op experience is a plus

Job: ENGI - Engineering & Technical Service

Organization: GBW/UH-O-PDP - UR Professional Development Progra-63018715

Title: Professional Development Program (PDP)- Data Science Class of 2021

Location: NJ-Florham Park

Requisition ID: 2001605