Lead Statistician

We’re looking for a lead statistician, someone who is committed to innovation, to furthering our vision of better modelling and communicating flood risk. You’ll bring your wide-ranging knowledge of some or all of extreme value estimation, environmental modelling and spatial statistics to our table.

Your role

Developing leading methodologies in today’s risk management market isn’t easy, especially when considering future changes in our climate. Innovation stems from collaborative work and we need experts across multiple disciplines to continue our success.

As an experienced statistician, you’ll be able to share your expert knowledge of extreme value theory, environmental modelling and/or spatial statistics. If you know about cat modelling or actuarial science too, even better.

You’ll help us progress our current vision, and you’ll play a key part in helping define our future direction and developments in flood risk modelling. You are likely to have programming skills, like R or Python, but just as importantly you’ll be a great communicator. You’ll be able to talk to non-statistician colleagues and translate complex data and concepts into simple, compelling arguments.

Ultimately, you’ll be helping us remain a global leader in flood risk modelling, enabling protection to be provided to those at greatest risk.

You’ll be supported by some of the leading talent in this area, as well as a comprehensive benefits package. We support professional development too, and we’ll encourage you to continue studying and publishing in your field.

The team member we’re looking for

You’ll be an expert statistician and communicator. You probably have experience of leading projects or teams, in an academic or commercial setting. You’ll be comfortable with detail as well as overarching concepts, and you’ll be happy communicating a shared vision and directing others, as well as getting stuck in yourself on specific projects.

We’re looking for someone with as many as possible of the following attributes:

  • Academic background in a statistical subject, probably to PhD or beyond
  • Experience of some or all of flood modelling, probabilistic models, extreme value statistics
  • Academic or commercial experience to a senior level
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills
  • Management of project teams and/or direct reports
  • Programming skills and appreciation of formal disciplines around code quality and management

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 (https://www.jbarisk.com/about-us/careers-at-jba/)

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 will 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 https://www.welcometoskipton.com

During the Covid-19 pandemic, our team is working remotely and we supply basic equipment to our staff to support this.

How to apply

For further information or an informal discussion about this position, please contact Steve Hutchings by email at stephen.hutchings@jbarisk.com

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 careers@jbagroup.co.uk

Closing Date: 19 December 2021

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.