Senior Credit Risk Specialist
London / £60000 - £70000
£60000 - £70000
Senior Credit Risk Specialist
Up to £70,000
Hybrid - London
An expectional opportunity to join one of the world's leading telecommunications companies as a Senior Credit Risk Specialist.
You will be working as part of the Credit Risk Acquisition & In Life team supporting and protecting the growth of the Consumer and SME segment for the business portfolio's. This includes delivering an ongoing programme of initiatives aimed at improving customer acquisition, strategies and customer journeys across the businesses products.
And this role focuses on designing, refining and enhancing the strategy to improve market share and manage exposure across product lines to optimise risk reward balance.
THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Supporting the implementation of Acquisition Credit Risk & Fraud strategy and policies
- Designing and building the Acquisition and In Life Risk Strategy for relevant commercial products through statistical modelling and analysis
- Enhancing and maintaining Acquisition and In Life strategies through development of statistical models
- Defining and producing analytics and KPIs to monitor efficiency of strategy models
- Analysis and insight of risk performance
YOUR SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Strong expertise in SAS
- Strong experience in statistical modelling
- Proven experience in building/working with scorecards
- Up to £70,000
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your CV to Jordan Victor via the Apply Link below
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