Catastrophe Risk Analyst


We're looking for talented individuals to join our leading team of flood scientists, assisting with the development and running of natural hazard catastrophe models used by insurers, reinsurers, and across the international development sector.

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 position

The role sits within our Consultancy unit and will involve a mix of data analysis, statistics, GIS, hydrology, and report writing. You'll provide dedicated support to consultancy projects in areas including (but not limited to) catastrophe modelling, flood risk assessments and hydraulic modelling. Interactions with JBA’s global client base take place on a daily basis, which can include presenting technical work. 

About you

The ideal candidate for this role will be a bright graduate with a strong academic background (BSc or MSc) ideally in natural hazards, or else a relevant scientific or mathematical subject, and should be looking to pursue a career in catastrophe model analysis and development.

You’ll need strong technical skills and the ability to multi-task various time sensitive projects in any given week. To manage these competing deadlines, you’ll need to pick up new skills quickly and be enthusiastic, organised, and a strong team player.

You’ll be able to demonstrate the following essential attributes:

  • a professional, organised approach
  • a technical background with strong numerical data handling and analysis skills
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team to meet deadlines
  • the ability to understand and communicate technical concepts in both written reports and oral presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • a desire to learn and adapt

Additionally, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • an understanding of the re/insurance industry
  • capabilities in PostgreSQL/PostGIS
  • experience using GIS (ideally ArcGIS and/or QGIS)
  • experience in numerical natural hazard modelling

We will provide training for particularly high-quality candidates who lack a particular skill but who we consider will fit well in the team.

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.


The role will be based in our Broughton Hall office near Skipton (North Yorkshire). The office is located at Broughton Park, part of the Broughton Hall estate  – 3,000 acres of parkland, farmland, woodland and moors. This unique work setting sits on the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Further information and applications

For further information or an informal discussion about this position please contact Iain Willis on +44 (0)1756 799919 or by email.

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.

If your application is longlisted, you will be emailed a technical test. There will be a 1-week submission deadline.

Part time contracts will be considered for the right candidate.

Closing date

30 October 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.