Catastrophe Model Developer

Are you a forward-thinking catastrophe modeller? Do you have the skills and mindset to develop catastrophe models (particularly flood models) in innovative, new ways? If so, we want to hear from you!

About JBA

We’re better known amongst our clients as The Flood People. We help the insurance, reinsurance and property industries understand flood risk. Our flood maps, catastrophe models and data are used by some of the world’s leading organisations. We’re experts in translating complex, scientific data into useful information, using sophisticated hydraulic approaches and models to provide cutting-edge flood risk intelligence.

The role

We have an exciting new opportunity for a bright individual to join our catastrophe modelling team. The role involves developing, validating, running and constantly improving our new generation of flood catastrophe models, which are used across the global re/insurance industry and increasingly on international development projects for disaster risk reduction. You’ll be integral in working with our clients and helping to link their priorities to the ways in which our models work.

About you

At this stage we seek applications from candidates with a range of experience.

You’ll have a strong academic background (one or more of BSc / MSc / PhD) in natural hazards or a relevant scientific or mathematical subject, and you’ll be able to demonstrate a rigorous, scientific approach to your work.

More experienced applicants will have built and validated catastrophe models before and will possess a strong understanding of the different ways in which these models are used in the re/insurance industry and beyond, along with a track record of delivering significant projects.

Skills in project management, report writing and client interaction are all important, along with the ability to communicate well to both technical and non-technical audiences. You’ll need to be organised and a strong team player, capable of independent and innovative thinking in a challenging business environment.

You will be able to demonstrate the following essential attributes:

  • A professional, systematic, scientific approach
  • An enquiring technical background with strong numerical data handling and analysis skills
  • A collaborative, motivated approach to teamwork and meeting deadlines
  • The ability to understand and communicate technical concepts in both written reports and oral presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • A flexibility of mind and an enthusiasm to learn, adapt and contribute to the modelling techniques we’re constantly developing at JBA

Ideally, you will also have experience in several of the following:

  • Commercial project management; Agile working practices
  • Developing and running catastrophe models, particularly in the re/insurance industry
  • Flood perils and flood modelling
  • An understanding of re/insurance terms and conditions
  • Familiarity with Windows and Linux operating systems; scripting, programming (Bash, Python, SQL, R); GIS concepts, tools and spatial data

JBA will provide training for particularly high-quality candidates who lack a particular skillset but whom we consider will fit well into our team.


The role will be based in our Broughton Hall office near Skipton (North Yorkshire). The office is located on the Broughton Hall estate and is surrounded by 3000 acres of parkland, farmland, woodland and moors. This unique work setting sits on the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Career Development and Benefits

We value our staff and believe in providing a competitive salary, flexible working conditions and the best benefits package we can. Our comprehensive benefits package includes pension, life insurance, medical assistance, subsidised income protection, occupational maternity, paternity and adoptive leave scheme, buy/sell annual leave scheme and professional memberships.

As an employee-owned organisation, we have no external shareholders to pay, meaning all our staff benefit directly from our profits through our annual Employee Owned Benefit scheme.

We’re focused on helping our staff develop their skills and offer a generous training budget to every member of staff. Our highly regarded professional development programme provides the opportunity to enhance and update technical and management skills throughout your career. We encourage and support the attainment of professional qualifications including chartered membership of professional associations.

Further information and applications

To apply for the post, applications should be made using the JBA Risk Management Application pro-forma and emailed to our careers team. Only applications made using the standard form will be accepted; CVs and other supporting information is welcome.

We generally ask our longlisted candidates to undertake a technical test as part of the interview process.

For further information or an informal discussion about this position please email Stephen Hutchings.

Closing date: 18 December 2020

No unsolicited CVs from Agencies. All Agencies should note that if JBA receives an application via other means - even if it comes after your first contact with us - there will be no contractual entitlement to an introduction fee or other fees. In sending us any applications you are deemed to have agreed to these terms.