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DATE ADDED: Fri 04/05/2018

Manager Portfolio Forensics

West Yorkshire, UK
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COMPANY: LOWELL GROUP

JOB TYPE: Permanent

Lowell Group


The Portfolio Forensics Manager will be responsible for the following activities:


  • Build, implement, and enhance performance tracking and KPI tools that measure current, and predict future, operational activities related to collections and business improvement initiatives
  • Track portfolio performance against valuation assumptions, especially for large portfolio transactions, and highlight areas for analytic deep-dives and operational intervention
  • Identify opportunities to better optimize collection strategy and resource allocation to maximize account-level NPV
  • Lead team of 1-4 analysts, including individual and team development, measuring and managing project work, and goal setting activities in collaboration with other managers
  • Provide ad hoc managerial and analytic support for high-value projects within Decision Science

  • While demanding technical proficiency (e.g., directing new methods to estimate future portfolio performance), this is a manager-practitioner role where success depends on both team leverage and a willingness to 'roll up ones' sleeves.' Moreover, this position requires real interest in developing and leading a team and the Manager must be committed to developing others and creating enthusiasm for analytic work. Strong problem solving skills, judgment, and integrity, and good ambiguity tolerance are essential for success.

    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.

    Future Decision Science team members are likely to show equal curiosity and comfort discussing the trade-offs between different statistical methods, the impact of macroeconomic factors on consumer behaviour, or the fundamental drivers of revenue and cost within a business unit.

    Key responsibilities

    • Provide analytic leadership around questions related to portfolio performance and asset movement across operational channels, especially for consumer debt portfolios of significance size, duration, or complexity
    • Build, implement, and maintain performance tracking tools that measure current and future asset performance, ensuring that new business initiatives are accurately reflected in forecasts
    • Manage high-priority analytic activities within Decision Science
    • Direct leadership for 1-4 business and/or portfolio analysts (including developmental coaching and technical training)
    • Provide direct support to Pricing (DecSci) and Operational teams during annual (or other external) audits

    Functional expertise/technical skills/qualifications

    • Undergraduate degree in business or a quantitative science (e.g., economics, math, finance) with coursework in statistics is essential; Master's degree preferred
    • Solid and demonstrated working knowledge of two or more of Base SAS, SAS STAT, Enterprise Guide, and Enterprise Miner, alongside sufficiently strong statistical training to understand the mathematics behind the code
    • Advanced proficiency with MS Office, especially Access and Excel (experience with database structures would be very helpful)

    Required experience

    • Strong analytic skills and ability to present technical analysis to non-technical stakeholders
    • 2-4 years' experience required, preferably including both management consulting and financial services work (in that order)
    • Direct or indirect team management of staff focused on analytic activities

    Business and Personal Leadership/skills and attitudes

    The Decision Science team is driven to succeed and motivated by the challenge of answering the company's most difficult questions. Traits and competencies likely to be associated with success in this role include,

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

    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.

    How we reward you:

    • 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







    Role: Manager Portfolio Forensics
    Job Type: Permanent
    Location: Yorkshire

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