Data Associate - Associate Program 2023 - Helsinki

Salary Competitive

We are looking for Data Associates who are students or soon-to-be graduates and are motivated by working on data solutions that have a measurable impact on business. You have already gained some hands-on data-related experience and have a growth hacking mindset. With us, you’ll get to grow professionally amongst over 150 exceptionally talented people while helping our customers grow their businesses. Wouldn’t this be just the ideal way to start your data consulting career?

Who we are

In 2016 Columbia Road was founded to challenge the old ways of doing digital business and running online sales – we exist to help our clients sell better in the digital era. This means we don’t do IT projects like most other companies, instead we work to improve our clients’ business results in a measurable way. Design, development, strategy, marketing and data engineering just happen to be the tools with which we create our impact.

A key part of our mission is to be an excellent place to work. We are a community-led organisation, which means that we trust our employees to make the best decisions about their work themselves. This company model is based on transparency and low hierarchy. All employees have the opportunity to be involved in company-wide decision-making, and the chance to become an owner of Columbia Road by investing in company stocks. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of how we define ourselves and everyone at Columbia Road is committed to these values. We come recommended with a 4.9/5 score on Glassdoor and are always looking for new ways to be better.

Job description

As our first Data Associate, you are interested in back-end development, working with data pipelines, databases and digital sales tools. You are excited to deepen your knowledge of data environments, and you want to help our clients to realize their data needs. You might have previous data-related experience and you know how to code. Moreover, you are eager to learn new technologies and ways of working.

You’ll get to work together with other Columbia Road consultants in a cross-competence team building and growing new digital businesses for our customers in various business domains. This means you may collaborate daily with other data professionals, software developers, designers, digital marketers, strategy consultants, as well as our clients' stakeholders and specialists. You’ll have a top-of-the-class tech team to support you in learning and you’ll have the ability to create real impact in our clients’ business.

If you're looking for a workplace where you get a lot of responsibility and where you get to learn new things fast from more senior experts, you'll find it here. You will get to grow with us, nurture your own ambitions and learn new skills within digital sales.


  • You are a student or recent graduate with some work or project experience related on back-end development or data platform development
  • You have experience in querying databases or moving data from place A to place B, for example as files or through REST APIs
  • You can use one or more programming languages i.e. Python, Java, .NET or Javascript in the back-end context
  • You have experience in using some databases i.e. SQL, Mongo, DynamoDB, CosmosDB, BigQuery
  • You are self-driven, active and want to continuously learn new things
  • You understand the basics of digitalisation and you approach problems in an analytical manner
  • You have worked in a team before, solving problems together and collaborating with code
  • It’s not a problem for you to present your own ideas to a small group of people from time to time, for example in a workshop
  • We don’t expect you to have multiple years of experience or be in the final year of your studies – positive energy and a “get things done” attitude is the winning combination
  • Professional proficiency in English

We also appreciate

  • Experience in data visualisation i.e. Qlik Sense, Power BI, Tableau, Google Data studio
  • Knowledge of cloud services i.e. Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud
  • Interest towards topics like data analysis, data quality, master data management, business intelligence, knowledge management, privacy
  • Knowledge of data science or mathematics, especially statistics

Location: We value close and constant collaboration in our team work – whether it’s with clients, fellow Roadies and/or consultants from other companies – as it enables us to learn from each other and work more efficiently towards a shared goal. Often this is achieved best by working from the same location. Hence, we can only consider candidates who live (or plan to move) within commuting distance of Helsinki.

Note: We are currently not able to offer visa sponsorships for Finland, so unfortunately, we can't consider applications from outside EU/EEA.


  • A community-led organization with a high level of autonomy
  • As a Columbia Road employee, you have the option to buy stocks of the company through the common employee share program
  • A yearly bonus based on company performance (equal to all full-time Roadies)
  • Recurring training & learning sessions to support your professional growth
  • A diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace
  • Offices in downtown Helsinki (with gym and pool) and Tampere
  • Pick the laptop and digital tools of your choosing
  • Extensive health care services, including dental and mental health
  • Insurance for travel and free-time
  • Lunch benefit
  • Mobile phone subscription
  • Weekly breakfasts & healthy daily refreshments
  • Flexible vouchers for sports, culture, commuting, and massage
  • Recurring Roadie-ideated events and activities
  • Childcare services when your child falls ill
  • Compensation for working on open source or social programs in your free time

Take a look at our Culture Code to get to know us better.

Recruitment process

The deadline for applications is November 27th, 2022 (Sunday). The interview process consists of a short video phase, and one interview round where you will meet two of our consultants. Both of these phases will be conducted for selected candidates in December. After sending your application, you can expect to hear back from us by December 8th, and you will be notified of the status of your application at each stage.


The Associate Program is a full-time summer job. It's also possible to start working part-time already during spring or even winter, as most summer Roadies have done in previous years. The start date and possible holidays during the summer will be discussed and set together with the selected candidates. After the summer, if expectations have been met from both sides, there's a possibility to continue part-time while you finish your studies (or full-time if you're graduating).

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Flexible working hours

Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

Near public transit
Near public transit

Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

Social gatherings
Social gatherings

Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.

Free office snacks
Free office snacks

Peckish after lunch? We got your back with soft drinks, treats and fruit.

Free friday beers
Free friday beers

Friday is something special, let's enjoy a beer together.

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Working at
Columbia Road

Columbia Road is a digital growth consultancy challenging the old ways of running digital businesses. We exist to increase our clients’ revenue and help them get more customers in the digital era. Our team consists of business consultants who understand business-driven design, tech, strategy and growth. We believe in giving a lot of responsibility and freedom to our employees. There’s a common misunderstanding that happy and satisfied employees are automatically motivated employees. We don’t see things that way. Happy and satisfied employees are an important priority for us, but we think causal relationship is reversed: people are happy and satisfied when they have work that motivates them. For us, an employee’s happiness is the primary goal, not a tool for raising productivity or profitability. We want to empower our employees to become a better version of themselves and to have more of an impact on the world. We see happiness & satisfaction as end goals, not starting points. That being said we love to laugh a lot, play some tunes at the office and grab a few drinks after work. What kind of work is motivating in our context? People yearn for purpose in their work and want it to have meaning that creates value: purpose, for people and organisations, comes from making an impact on the world. Meaning & significance comes from providing value to someone else — in our case, clients. Clients (not us) define the value of our actions, always. Jobs at

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