GIS Analyst (Flood Hazard and Risk) - Entry Level

Are you a motivated individual with innovative ideas and an interest in flood modelling, mapping and risk management? Would you enjoy working in a team responsible for the world’s highest-quality and most comprehensive flood maps? If so, we want to hear from you!

Your role

You will work collaboratively in our multi-disciplinary product teams, working in our Skipton office to develop new data and methods to help maintain JBA’s position as a world-leading provider of flood hazard and risk data.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working primarily in our Flood Maps team to update and improve our high-resolution data
  • Creating and manipulating geospatial data to build hydraulic models and flood defence databases
  • Analysing results from hydraulic models, geoprocessing tools and machine learning processes, using GIS and data management skills
  • Supporting colleagues and clients with technical queries relating to our data and methods
  • Collaborating with other Agile product teams to support the development of hazard and risk metrics, climate change data and services, innovative software and ground-breaking global catastrophe models.

The team member we’re looking for

We’re looking for a highly motivated individual in their early career who enjoys teamwork, collaboration and innovation and has a commitment to delivering value to clients. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic background, ideally in Geography, Natural Hazards, or a relevant scientific or mathematical subject. You will have strong communication, problem solving, organisational skills and will have experience using GIS . A background in hydrology or hydraulic modelling is preferable.

The following are essential attributes for the role:

  • Degree in a relevant subject such as Geography or Natural Hazards, or similar experience in this field
  • A professional, organised approach
  • A positive attitude with enthusiasm to learn and adapt
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines
  • The ability to understand and communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical audience
  • Ability to solve problems creatively to support the wider team
  • Strong GIS skills, ideally in QGIS and GDAL
  • A numerical mindset with strong data handling and data analysis skills

Additionally, you may also have some experience in the following areas, although training will be provided as required:

  • Hydraulic modelling
  • Familiarity with both Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Programming languages including Bash, Python and SQL
  • Use of PostgreSQL databases and PostGIS
  • Agile (project management) working practices
  • An understanding of the re/insurance industry.

Your career at JBA

Known as The Flood People, JBA is a global company helping some of the world’s largest re/insurance, financial, property and International Development organisations understand and manage flood risk. We’re experts in translating complex, scientific data into useful information, using sophisticated hydraulic approaches and models to provide cutting-edge flood risk intelligence. Our climate is changing and we’re leading the way to incorporate climate science into our data to provide our clients with a forward-thinking view of flood risk.

We can only do this through our fantastic team, and we believe in providing a competitive salary, flexible working conditions and the best benefits package we can. We’re an employee-owned organisation and have no external shareholders to pay, meaning all our staff benefit directly from our profits through our annual Employee-Owned Benefit scheme.

Alongside this, we’re focused on helping our staff develop their skills and offer a generous training budget to every member of staff, as well as a professional development programme and support in the attainment of professional qualifications including chartered membership.

We invest in our staff’s mental health and wellbeing, encouraging our staff to maintain a healthy work-life balance and organising social activities from bake sales and book clubs to badminton. We also invest in the wider community by funding our own charitable foundation, the JBA Trust, supporting sustainability initiatives such as tree planting, and facilitating outreach visits by our team of STEM ambassadors.

Find out more on the JBA careers page (

JBA is committed to creating and sustaining a working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community.


Full-time or part-time remote working may be considered for this role. If office-based, the role will be located in our modern, eco-friendly offices at Broughton Park, near Skipton, North Yorkshire. This unique work setting sits on the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and offers easy access to stunning countryside. Skipton is a bustling market town with great schools, services and leisure facilities, and is within easy reach of Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and the Lake District. Find out more at

How to apply

For further information or an informal discussion about this position, please contact Sian Forsyth by email at

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.

We would appreciate it if you would also fill in JBA’s Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and submit it alongside your application form, but please note this is not mandatory.

Please return both forms to our careers team at

Closing Date: 16 October 2023

Please note: JBA will often interview potential candidates for a role before the closing date listed on the website. We reserve the right to close the application process before the closing date if a candidate is appointed before that time.

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.