Senior Catastrophe Risk Analyst

Are you a forward-thinking natural hazard specialist? Do you have the skills to develop and operate market-leading catastrophe models (particularly flood models) for use by some of the world’s largest global insurers and reinsurers? If so, we want to hear from you!

Who are JBA?

We’re the global leaders in flood risk management. We’re better known amongst our clients as The Flood People®. We help the insurance, reinsurance and property industries understand and manage flood risk. We pride ourselves on our wealth of in-house expertise – we’re at the forefront of innovation and we’re lucky enough to have some of the very best in the industry working for us.

The role

We’re looking for an experienced catastrophe risk analyst to join our fast-growing Catastrophe Model Development team in our head office based on the Broughton Hall estate in the stunning Yorkshire Dales.

As a senior analyst, you’ll be working within a small team which develops and runs catastrophe models, liaising with colleagues across the business whose specialisms vary from numerical analysis and hydraulic modelling to flood risk management, software development and more. You’ll need a strong technical and client focus and to be skilled in data analysis, maths, statistics, GIS and hydrology. 

You’ll also be responsible for leading projects to demanding client deadlines, so a proven ability in project management, report writing and client interaction is key, as well as the ability to communicate well to both technical and non-technical audiences. The position is expected to involve a combination of research and development work mixed with consultancy projects and analysis for clients. As a result, you’ll need to be organised and a strong team player, capable of independent and innovative thinking in a challenging business environment.

The skills we’re looking for

The ideal candidate for this role will have experience working in the re/insurance industry, specifically in catastrophe modelling or catastrophe model development and can demonstrate the ability to deliver client projects. Candidates should have a strong academic background with a further degree (MSc or equivalent / PhD) in natural hazards or a relevant scientific or mathematical subject. 

The following are essential attributes that the candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • A professional, organised approach
  • An enquiring 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
  • An enthusiasm to learn and adapt

An ideal candidate will additionally be able to demonstrate experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • The development of catastrophe models for use in the re/insurance industry
  • An understanding of re/insurance terms and conditions
  • Scripting or programming capabilities with a willingness to pick up new skills as needed
  • Experience using GIS (ideally ArcGIS and/or QGIS)
  • Commercial project management experience
  • Evidence of presenting to external clients

JBA will provide training for particularly high-quality candidates who lack a particular skill but whom 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, childcare voucher 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 profit share scheme.

We’re focused on helping our staff develop their skills and offer a generous training budget 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 the attainment of professional qualifications including chartered membership of professional associations.


The job will be based in our Skipton (North Yorkshire) office. The Skipton office is located in the grounds of 900-year old Broughton Hall and surrounded by 3000 acres of parkland, farmland, woodland and moors. This unique work setting sits on the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is close to Skipton, named the best place to live in Britain by the Sunday Times.

Further information and applications

For further information about this position please email Stephen Hutchings.

To apply for the post, applications should be made using the JBA Risk Management Application pro-forma and sent with CVs, emailed to Susan Stephenson. Only applications made using the standard form will be accepted.

No unsolicited CVs from Agencies please. 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.

Closing date: 30 June 2019