Modelling and Forecasting Manager

Lowell Group
09 May 2017
08 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Title: Modelling and Forecasting Manager
Location: Leeds
Salary: Competitive + 3% flexible benefits + on target bonus of 10% + contributory pension

At Lowell we work with our customers to improve their financial well-being. We take the time to get to know each customer and better understand their individual circumstances, working out the best payment plan for them. Our personal approach is why we’ve been awarded an Exceptional 3 star rating by Investor in Customer for the last two years and why we’re one of the UK’s leading debt management companies.

We’re now looking for a Modelling and Forecasting Manager to join our Decision Science/Analytics department. The Decision Science department is focused on understanding, measuring, and predicting consumer financial behaviour. The team comprises of business analysts, statisticians, and quantitative scientists dedicated to addressing the company’s most challenging analytic problems. From asset pricing based on sophisticated consumer segmentation schemes, to the development of operational and forecasting models, we use mathematics, psychology, economics, and raw business acumen to support the needs of our pan-European business.

As a Modelling and Forecasting Manager you will lead a team responsible for the company's asset revaluation and forecasting process (including monthly and quarterly reporting activities and the calculation of enterprise estimated remaining collections). You will also provide analytic leadership for high-value departmental and corporate activities (involving both hands-on analysis as well as management of other analysts and process experts).

This is an excellent opportunity to grow into a departmental deputy role, providing broad team leadership in partnership with the UK Head of Operational Analytics and Revaluation. 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.

You’ll be responsible for:

•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

You’ll need to evidence the following qualifications, skills and 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

•Working knowledge of Base SAS, SAS/STAT, Enterprise Guide, or Enterprise Miner

•Excellent statistical intuition, built through prior analyst roles

•Master’s degree in business or a quantitative science (e.g., economics, math, finance) would be desirable

•Prior exposure to financial statements and reporting would be beneficial

•Advanced proficiency with MS Office, especially Excel

•Exceptional problem solving skills

•Effective communicator with excellent organisational skills and the ability to set and achieve ambitious team goals

The Benefits:
•Competitive salary with annual bonus
•Contributory pension
•3% flexible benefits - including cycle to work, critical illness, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, travel insurance, dining club, retail discounts and the option to buy up to one week’s worth of holiday subject to start date
•Free shuttle bus from Leeds City Centre
•Subsidised on-site restaurant
•Free on-site gym
•Excellent coaching and training

If this sounds like the role for you, and you’re eligible to work in the UK we’d love to hear from you.

So, apply today – what have you got to lose?!