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Graduate opportunities

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About us

JBA Risk Management is one of the global leaders in flood risk management, headquartered in the UK with offices in the US, Europe and Singapore. We’ve been around for six years and we’re proud to be part of the JBA family.

We pride ourselves on our scientific and engineering excellence. Our flood maps, catastrophe models and data are used by some of the world’s largest insurers. We’re at the forefront of innovation, with close links to several respected academic institutions.

Our people are a collaboration of scientists and engineers who are passionate about understanding flood risk management. And we’re looking for top-class graduates to join our Graduate Programme

We have exciting career opportunities in three different areas of our business: flood mapping, catastrophe modelling and software development, working alongside some of the best technical specialists in the industry. 

You’ll be based in our Skipton office on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

 

Our Graduate Programme

Applications are open from now until 3rd January 2018 for the JBA Risk Management Graduate Programme. Apply now.

It’s your chance to be part of one of the world’s largest and best flood consultancies. 

You’ll follow a competency-based learning and professional development framework, allowing you to build essential skills such as project management, client management, leadership, technical skills and personal effectiveness.  This is supported by a structured training programme made up of modules delivered in easily accessed formats.  You’ll get to contribute to pioneering projects straight away and you’ll also have the chance to rotate through different teams within the business to broaden your skills and knowledge. 

We support new ideas and innovation and believe that learning and development is key to that. We’re focused on helping our people develop their skills and offer a generous training budget of £1200 per year to every member of staff. Our well-regarded professional development programme provides the opportunity to enhance and update technical and management skills throughout your career.  We encourage and support professional qualifications including chartered membership of professional associations. 

If your application is successful, interviews will take place during February 2018.

 

Graduate opportunities

Flood mapping

Our flood mapping team produces high resolution global flood maps for the insurance and property industries utilising sophisticated hydrology and hydraulic approaches. We’re proud to be pioneers in our field and are affectionately known to our clients as The Flood People. Our sophisticated mapping techniques are underpinned by cutting-edge science and our focus is on continuous innovation. We were the first to use gaming technology to run our 2D hydraulic modelling software (JFlow) and the first to make global flood maps commercially available.

 

Catastrophe modelling

Our catastrophe modelling team develops national- and continental-scale catastrophe models for global reinsurance companies and brokers, and organisations managing disaster risk. They’re used to assess the financial impact of extreme floods and hurricanes. To create our models, we combine academically advanced statistical methods, physical modelling processes, high resolution hazard mapping and detailed exposure models capturing the built environment. We’re proud to be leaders in our field and were recently named 2017 Risk Modeller of the Year by Reactions magazine, one of the leading global trade titles. 

 

Software development

Our software development team produces software to build our flood maps and probabilistic models, and to run loss calculation analyses. Our dataset sizes are up into terabyte scale and our challenges often involve getting acceptable runtimes across billions or even trillions of calculations! We write our own catastrophe modelling tools as well as adapting code to run JBA’s models in other industry-wide platforms. We work across a variety of languages and stacks according to our needs, including statistical modelling, web map services and user interfaces, raster math and other optimised GIS calculations. Our work involves seeking better, faster ways of developing and delivering our data and results.

 

Meet our previous graduates

Our staff are a super-friendly and brainy bunch with qualifications in all sorts of things including:  hydrology, geophysics, computer engineering, volcanology, meteorology, statistics and much more. They all have one thing in common: a passion for flood and the drive to innovate and succeed.   

 

Kathryn Madden – Catastrophe Analyst

Kathryn Madden

How long have you worked at JBA?

I joined JBA nearly 6 years ago straight after I finished my MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

What’s a standard day like in your role?

My role has changed a lot since I first started working for JBA creating our European hazard maps in our 2D hydraulic modelling software, JFlow. 

I now manage a team that looks after our event set and hydrology developments. This means that there is no standard day! I can go from working through some data analysis in R, creating and validating an event set, to helping answer complex client queries about our methodologies, to planning new projects aimed at providing our clients new and better ways to understand their risk to flood.

Top three things you like about your job?

  1. Working with very clever people – there’s nothing better than having a group technical discussion to try and solve a problem 
  2. The variety of projects to get involved with – developing new multi-peril event sets for catastrophe models, estimating new hydrological inputs to our hazard maps, researching new ideas and expanding our datasets, the list goes on!
  3. Research opportunities – everyone here is keen on innovation which often leads to interesting research projects

Why did you choose a career in catastrophe modelling?

I have always been interested in natural hazards and managed to learn a lot about spatial datasets in my MSc degree so when I found out about the interesting work at JBA, it seemed like a great fit, and it was!

What’s the best project you’ve worked on?

The Global Flood Event Set project. This was a long running project (2-3 years!) which involved a lot of people throughout the company and was a massive undertaking. It had lots of different phases to it, each trying to break boundaries and see what we could achieve. The first phase involved being a part of many technical discussions, including some in collaboration with the client, to define an initial methodology. Then we had to figure out how to make it computationally feasible which meant working on developing our software. And finally we had to roll out the process and generate the data globally which was a very complex project management exercise. All in all, it was a fascinating project that I learned a lot from. 

 

Cameron Whitwham – Flood Mapping & GIS specialist 

Cameron Whitwham

How long have you worked at JBA?

I’ve worked here for just over two years in the Global flood mapping team. I finished my undergraduate university degree in June 2015, and by the end of August I had already started at JBA. I have always lived in the Skipton area so I didn’t even have to think about relocating for work!

What’s a standard day like in your role?

My working days can be very varied but they always involve coffee and my PC! We usually work on multiple projects at once, so I could be setting up a model for Canada in the morning, QC’ing and post-processing Mexico in the afternoon and building up the elevation model for California later in the day. There’s always plenty of opportunity to work on something new, and we are incredibly busy – with lots of work to deliver. 

Top three things you like about your job?

  • The variety of work 
  • Working in a field that interests me
  • Colleagues

Why did you choose a career in flood mapping? 

Coming fresh from completing a geography related degree, I wanted to apply my knowledge and skills towards something current and beneficial to other people. Flood risk management is a global issue affecting more and more people every day, and being part of a pioneering scientific company at the forefront of innovation was a big thing to me coming out of university. 

What’s the best project you’ve worked on?

In May 2016 I was asked to complete a small research and development project around high resolution digital elevation models in Canada. I was required to identify what data was available on a commercial licence and recommend which I would use to run a hydraulic model. 

The project involved obtaining the data, processing it myself and setting up and running the models. I came across some data types that I had no experience with, which challenged me to find new ways of processing. Some methods and data that I found have been used in projects that will be released to clients. It’s a wonderful feeling to know I’ve had a part in creating the end product. 

 

Samantha Hewkin – Entry level software developer

Samantha Hewkin

How long have you worked at JBA?

I’ve only very recently joined JBA. I’ve been here about two and a half months.  

What’s a standard day like in your role?

I work in a small team and we have a catch up every morning. We tend to work individually on different parts of a project, but the great thing about working in such a small team is that we can share ideas with each other across desks. There’s lots of work to get through, so I’m never short of something to do!   

Top three things you like about your job?

That’s a very difficult question as there hasn’t been anything yet that I haven’t enjoyed or found interesting!

I especially like how every project is different, and there is always the chance to learn something new, not just about programming in general, but also about the scientific side of the software.

Why did you choose a career in software development?

I really enjoy programming, especially more science-based software development. I like the challenges and problem-solving aspects of it, in addition to the sense of satisfaction when you finally get something to work. 

What’s the best project you’ve worked on?

I’m currently working on converting a small program from SQL to Python, and it has been really interesting and enjoyable working out the best methods to do this.

 

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