Senior Credit Risk Strategy Manager
London / £80000 - £110000
£80000 - £110000
SENIOR CREDIT RISK STRATEGY MANAGER
UP TO £110,000
This is an opportunity to join a leading fintech company that provides flexible and accessible financing solutions to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) including short-term loans and revolving credit lines. The company utilises advanced technology and data-driven algorithms to assess creditworthiness, enabling swift loan approvals and disbursements.
- Monitor the lending portfolio and performance of credit risk strategies.
- Work with credit risk model owners to improve and implement new strategies.
- Identify emerging trends on the loan portfolio and act upon them.
- Work closely with the data science function to automate lending decisions using machine learning and AI techniques.
YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Must have a clear understanding of developing application scorecards and data science techniques.
- Experience developing credit lending decision strategies from scratch.
- Proven experience in an SME lending environment is essential.
- Educated in a numeric discipline to degree level.
- Up to £110,000.
- Discretionary bonus scheme.
- £1,000 learning and development budget.
- Hybrid (twice a week in the London office).
HOW TO APPLY
Please register your interest by sending your CV to Joe Ogden via the Apply link on this page.
Risk Analytics Landscape: 2022 | Harnham Recruitment post
2022 is set to be an interesting year for Risk Analytics. According to research, the risk analytics market is expected to be worth around $54.95bn by 2027 and is experiencing a huge degree of interest due to a combination of different factors coming together at once. The growth of business procedures and increasing deliverables are driving demand for techniques such as risk measurement, whilst rising incidents of cyberattacks combined with rising digitization are further catalysing the Risk Analytics market. Not to mention the impact that different macroeconomic elements are having, such as coming out of the pandemic, remnants of Brexit and rising inflation rates. Within the risk space, all of these variables are feeding into the way that both candidates and clients are making their decisions. Industry developments have a direct impact on the recruitment market, with trends being reflected in the needs and desires of both employees and employers. With risk coming to the forefront for many businesses, it isn’t surprising to see a surge in the demand for talent. Risk under the spotlightNumerous developments across the financial sector have made the skills that risk analysts have increasingly invaluable. The pandemic forced many companies to digitize and move to remote and cloud-based working systems, making security a company-wide concern. This has driven demand for the right talent to fill risk roles but also a greater willingness to dedicate more of their budget into investing in their risk functions and/or departments.The fraud risk spaceThe increase of remote working combined with a general trend of digitization has brought with it concerns around fraud. Headlines highlighting a ‘fraud epidemic’ have been circling with reports of fraud and cybercrime in the UK rising from 3,983 cases to 8,614 in a year. Digitization offers opportunities for company growth but if not securely managed, can serve up opportunities for criminals to exploit. Fraudsters are becoming increasingly inventive, and steps must constantly be taken to stay one step ahead. The skills that risk analysts have are essential in understanding the drivers to fraud within a business and ultimately how to prevent it.The rise of unregulated products and technologiesInnovation within the financial industry is also flourishing. The emergence of AI and adoption of more advanced technologies to better inform decision making, as well as the introduction of machine learning and data science into risk analytics, makes it an exciting time to be in the risk analyst field.New unregulated products and technologies have also flooded the market, such as crypoassets, decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). About 2.3 million people in the UK are now thought to own a crypto asset, creating a playground for fraudsters looking to misuse unregulated tech. Data reveals a staggering £146,222,332 has been lost to cryptocurrency fraud since the start of this year, and unless regulators are able to catch up with the ever-evolving nature of crypto, this will rise. As a result, there is expected to be a lot of regulatory changes this year to increase protections against consumer risk but also within financial institutions. This tends to stimulate demand within sectors such as risk analytics as well as causing shifts of focus within departments.Risk analyst salariesSalaries within the sector are currently being pushed upwards, largely due simply to supply and demand. Throughout the pandemic, most companies didn’t hire Risk Analysts, if anything, they let go of them. Recently, there has since been a spring coil reaction of demand for Risk Analysts and Risk Managers, to an extent not seen for years. To add to this there is a lack of talent, and candidates are increasingly asking for more because they know of the trend.Although it’s impossible to know for how long this might be the case, the recent mass movement of candidates since COVID-19, means that by the end of the year some candidates may have been at their new job for over a year and may be looking to move again. Supply could begin to creep up and start meeting demand, but only time will tell. This imbalance between supply and demand means that candidates are finding themselves in the unique position of being able to choose between job offers, and can therefore afford to fine-tune and find better suiting roles. It’s well known that it’s a candidate market, but it’s a really good time to explore roles out there and consider your current position.Ultimately if job searchers are looking at their current situation and thinking about whether there’s something better out there, there is not a better or more exciting time to be looking for a role in Risk Analysis.If you’re looking for your next opportunity or to build out your Credit Risk or Fraud Analytics team, Harnham can help. Take a look at our latest Risk Analytics jobs or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to find out more.
A new way to pay- Fintech innovation at the point of sale | Harnham Recruitment post
Instant transfers, real-time payments, virtual banks, and digital currencies – these are just a few of the ways fintech innovation has been booming in the last few years.
Around the globe, start-ups, upstarts, and non-bank payment providers have shaken up the banking status quo. New technologies, market conditions, and alternative business models fueled by global investment offer much needed change in payment systems as well as complement others already on the market. Demand for optimised payments experience in terms of speed, convenience, and multi-channel accessibility are the new ways to pay.How to pay- let me count the ways
Retail and traditional banking have moved away from slow batched processing as consumer demand drives real-time payment systems. This demand has Consumers in retail banking also benefitting from the development of payment systems that run in real-time rather than via the traditional (and relatively slow) method of batched processing. This demand has in turn furthered innovation in real-time payment infrastructures. Consumers no longer require a bank or credit card to make payments, but can instead use service layers that run on top of existing real-time payment infrastructures.
In our mobile world, mobile wallets are often at the forefront of thought for payment systems and with the rise of P2P payment such as Venmo, Square, and Klarna. While generally focused on the peer-to-peer (P2P), mobile capabilities are much smaller in the wholesale and corporate sectors. But, this won’t last for long. Projected smartphone growth offers banks an opportunity to adapt and consider solutions across devices to meet growing demand.
An increasing number of non-bank providers are entering the payments world as well. Consider the rise of digital currencies, foreign exchange and remittances, and other P2P models which enable users to buy and sell currencies directly at an agreed rate. Real-time technological innovation reduces currency risk faced by banks and money transfer agencies, while also lowering costs associated with money transfer.
Growth in e-commerce makes consumer and retail payments sector the fastest moving in terms of innovation and adoption of new payment capabilities. Renewed confidence in the financial services sector has led to a substantial rise in available jobs, particularly among risk management teams. Yet, professionals to fill these roles remain in short supply.Roll out the red carpet- these are the roles in high demand
Against the U.S., Japan, and globally, the U.K. faces a skills shortage in risk functions. According to a report by Accenture, over 75 percent of organisations say a shortage of core risk management talent impedes their effectiveness. Just over 70 percent are facing a shortage in new and emerging technologies. With an eye to the future, many organisations, capital markets, and U.K. banking plan to strengthen their understanding of emerging technology risk and their data management capabilities.
Roles in highest demand are those in counterparty credit risk, particularly within pricing. While more recently, graduates with quantitative backgrounds found roles in risk methodology, real-time payment structures and the role of e-commerce has created more opportunity for those who candidates who understand pricing models. Those at the first line of defence in regard to assurance, internal audit, IT controls, and cyber security fall within the scope of operational risk functions are also in demand.
The role of Brexit programmes will drive risk change hires in 2018. As negotiations become clearer, other organisations are expected to follow an investment bank in Canary Wharf which has made credit risk function hires a top priority. Top challenges in risk management function
Increased demand from regulators, increased velocity, volume of data, legacy technologies, and variety are the top challenges faced by U.K. banking and capital markets. To meet their needs, these organisations are focused on creating teams which blend core competencies, a deep understand of new digital capabilities, and commercial acumen.
Quantitative risk professionals with experience in counterparty and market risk analysis are in high demand as well as those with a pricing model focus. Demand for regulatory and portfolio level market risk managers have also seen an uptick in demand.
In order to overcome shortages, businesses are considering internal candidate pools and moving strong candidates between asset classes. Despite shortages of professionals with key skill sets within risk, employers have remained cautious. Quantitative risk roles are a notable exception, where skills shortages are most acute.
We have an opportunity for a Senior Credit Risk Manager within New Product Leadership to help build a leading Financial Service’s recently purchased Consumer Finance Portfolio. Shape the entire strategy, oversee all Scorecard and Model Development, and build your own team. Interested? For additional opportunities check out our current vacancies. Contact our UK Team at 0208 408 6070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
How To Get Started In Risk Analytics | Harnham Recruitment post
Risk Analytics has been an integral part of teams across several industries for years. After the 2008 financial crash, whereby $8 trillion was wiped from the stock market’s value in the space of two days in the US alone, the need for businesses to be savvier and more ‘switched on’ to the potential downturns and crises the economy may face was imperative. The kind of devastation the financial crash caused in a matter of days had knock-on effects to businesses of all shapes and sizes for years afterwards, and nobody could risk the same level of destruction again. For a long time prior to this key event, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest that a lot of business owners and C-Suite executives depended on gut instinct to make critical business decisions. But, as we began to enter not only a more economically turbulent time but also an era that became dominated by technology, the need for hard evidence to support ‘intuition’ was crucial.With endless reams of data now at our fingertips, which has only evolved in reliability and accessibility over the decades, companies’ ability to manage risk-related issues through state-of-the-art technologies and tools is changing. And because of the capabilities of said technologies, companies are now able to look further than just financial risk; competitor risk, supply chain risk, technical risk, these are all everyday examples of where Risk Analytics come into play. It’s clear Risk Analytics is a crucial part of businesses today, and its importance will continue to take centre stage as we move into an even more technological and data-driven era, but where do you begin if you’re considering becoming a Risk Analyst?Are you the right fit for the job?You need to be sure that risk analysis is truly for you. As with any job, skills are something that can built upon, but a good attitude, willingness to learn and some core characteristics will set you up in good stead too. Risk Analysis suits individuals with a keen eye for detail and are unafraid of spending time going through data with a fine-tooth comb to unearth any anomalies that could present themselves as serious risks later down the line. A love of and proficiency with numbers will also be a brilliant asset to bring to the role, along with an interest in data analysis. While most of the job will most certainly be dealing with the hard facts and figures, you’ll also need to be someone who is comfortable with communicating in an open and jargon-free manner. Ultimately, you’ll be responsible in not only identifying potential risks, but feeding the information back to members of the team who have no prior knowledge of data and analytics, as well as giving them viable solutions to avoid or reduce any risk where possible. That sounds like me, what’s next?Great! So, if you think you’ll be a perfect fit, the next step is to think about which route you want to take to get your foot in the door. As per a lot of Data & Analytics roles in this day and age, a university degree isn’t necessary, but it is still favoured amongst many employers. Nevertheless, just because you don’t have a degree doesn’t mean you won’t be considered, so keep your options open. Diplomas or online study courses are two other brilliant avenues to take as well. Of course, if you’re a total whizz, you may have a lot of skills and knowledge on a self-taught basis which is fantastic. Before applying for a job in Risk Analysis however, make sure you have some extra-curricular learning under your belt to showcase your initiative and drive to learn. Do I need to have experience?Much like university, while not a mandatory requirement for all Risk Analysis jobs, having work experience within your portfolio will put you a significant step ahead to your peers who may not have had that hands-on learning. Do I need to know how to code?Analysts who code will always be in demand, and the sharper and more on top of those skills you are, the better. Different employers will work with different languages, but the most common are Python, SAS, C++ and Java. Ensure you’re always learning too. Code is an element of all Data & Analytics roles that is always evolving, and employees who fall behind in their knowledge will very quickly see a drop in their ability and productivity. What can I expect from a role in Risk Analytics?Each day in this role will be completely different. The challenges you may come up against will change rapidly, especially if you are based in a fast-moving sector such as Finance or Banking. You’ll need to be prepared to work under pressure and showcase impeccable problem-solving skills. At entry-level, you can expect to be taking home a salary of around £20,000, or just over $60,000 in the US. For those who show eagerness to learn, initiative and determination to always better their understanding of risk analysis, progression opportunities are vast here too. With the right attitude and mindset, reaching the top of the career ladder can see employees earning in the remit of £75,000+ / $191,000+. Risk Analytics is an incredibly exciting role, and the demand for highly skilled analysts will undoubtedly continue rising, especially as we recover from the pandemic and companies look to implement firmer, more grounded, risk-management procedures in place.If you would like to learn more about Risk Analytics, take a look at our risk analytics jobs or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to find out more.
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