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11 months ago
Lowell Group
Salary: £74000 - £78000 per annum
Location: Leeds
Job type: Permanent
Contact: Jaya Bhushan
Category: Finance Office Jobs

Lowell Group

Main purpose of job

The Senior Modelling and Forecasting Manager (1) leads a team responsible for the company's asset revaluation and forecasting process (including monthly and quarterly reporting activities, the calculation of enterprise estimated remaining collections, and related audit and approval processes with internal stakeholders and external auditors), (2) provides analytic leadership for high-value departmental and corporate activities (involving both hands-on analysis as well as management of other analysts and process experts), and (3) is expected to grow into a departmental deputy role, providing broad team leadership in partnership with the UK department head.

While the role demands technical proficiency (e.g., directing new methods for asset valuation), it is a leadership role that requires the ability to succeed through leverage, influence, and partnership. Moreover, this role requires passion for developing and leading a team and the manager must be committed to people leadership and capable of both setting a strategic vision and creating enthusiasm in others. Excellent problem solving skills, judgment, and integrity, and good ambiguity tolerance are essential for success, as is the ability to provide coaching and developmental feedback to direct reports and team members.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team that partners broadly within the organization and influences the company's operational, analytic, and financial strategies. Moreover, this role is part of a thriving, pan-European modelling community devoted to using the best elements of applied and theoretical work from statistics, psychology, management science, and behavioural economics to understand the fundamental drivers of consumer financial behaviour.

Key responsibilities

  • Analytic leadership for the company's proprietary asset revaluation and forecasting platform, with an emphasis on continuous improvement, segment-level error analysis, and integration of current and future operational performance indicators
  • Direct leadership for two to five business and/or statistical analysts, especially around mentorship and coaching, technical training, and reward and recognition
  • Manage the post-purchase forecasting process, including presentations to the Operations groups and executive leadership and active partnership with the Finance department
  • Lead the development of tracking tools that gauge current and future asset performance, and ensure that new business initiatives are accurately reflected in forecasting analyses
  • Manage high-priority analytic activities of significant importance to both Decision Science and the broader organization
  • Active participation in the department's Modelling Symposium, which includes discussion of theoretical and methodological papers, peer-review of ongoing projects, topical seminars, and ongoing training focused on effective communications, data visualization, and experimental methods

Functional expertise/technical skills/qualifications

  • Master's degree in business or a quantitative science (e.g., economics, math, finance) with coursework in statistics
  • Working knowledge of Base SAS, SAS/STAT, Enterprise Guide, or Enterprise Miner
  • Excellent statistical intuition, built through prior analyst roles, that can be used to sanity-check work, identify and remedy analytic challenges, and provide creative direction to project teams
  • Prior exposure to financial statements and reporting would be beneficial
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Office, especially Excel

Required experience

  • Extensive experience in a related field, likely progressing from early analyst roles focused on developing and deploying financial and predictive modelling tools and methods to later team leader experience directing analytic staff
  • Previous role(s) leading a high-performing team (preferably involving direct management of analytic staff), with demonstrated evidence of coaching, mentorship, and inspirational leadership
  • Financial services experience, including familiarity with the logic of credit scoring and the development of marginal economic analyses
  • Prior exposure to financial statements and reporting would be beneficial

Business and Personal Leadership/skills and attitudes

  • Exceptional problem solving skills
  • Creativity
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • The relentless pursuit of better answers
  • Superior ambiguity tolerance
  • Flexibility to travel to other Lowell sites
  • Effective communicator with excellent organisational skills

Excited about the opportunity.. Get in Touch! Closing date is 19 May 2018.

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