A leading pharmaceutical company needed to diversify their Data Science team by recruiting more women. Here’s how we helped them achieve their goal.
Large corporate business
Chief Data Scientist
Positions for Hire
Multiple Data Scientist roles
Hiring female Data Scientists to increase team diversity.
DST helped the hiring manager access the female Data Science talent pool using a tailored, three-step approach.
DST increased the team from 5 male team members to 42, with 21% being female and from across 16 nationalities.
At this leading pharmaceutical company, the Chief Data Scientist (CDS) and his Data Science team to deliver a wide range of projects across business units (including Supply Chain, Finance & Risk Management, Drug Safety and Sales & Marketing).
Despite having an existing team of ten, the CDS hadn’t recruited any female team members and this lack of diversity was highlighted by the Senior Leadership Team.
The CDS was under pressure to address the imbalance, but had no clear plan for recruiting new team members.
We planned a three-stage approach to find female Data Scientists for the team.
First, we carried out interviews with three senior women from the business. By talking about their personal career histories and achievements, we understood why these women had stayed for so long. They were keen to express how the company was a great place for women to work.
To highlight this feedback, we created a job advert and shaped specific marketing messages (using gender- neutral language analysis tools) to highlight the company’s proposition.