Do you want to join the world leaders in flood risk science and help revolutionise our statistical techniques? We’re looking for a talented statistician with an interest in environmental modelling to join our team.

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

As a statistician and modeller, you’ll develop components for our global probabilistic flood and emerging-hazard models using diverse statistical methods.

You’ll play a vital role in enabling us to deliver the highest possible quality data and models to our insurance and reinsurance clients. We have an ambitious multi-year plan to revolutionise the technologies we use and the role has a focus on the mathematical, statistical and machine learning elements of our products.

About you

You’ll need to be a strong team player capable of independent and innovative thinking in a dynamic business environment. You’ll be naturally curious, with an analytical mindset and a keen eye for detail.

You’ll need to have a logical approach to problem solving, be comfortable working with large datasets of various forms and be able to understand statistical concepts. You’ll join a highly qualified team of scientists working on developing our data and scientific methods. You’ll be encouraged to challenge concepts, think outside the box, and to demand robust justification of proposed methods.

Working alongside a range of colleagues with differing knowledge and backgrounds, you’ll need to be able to effectively communicate complex concepts. This collaborative approach means you’ll also need to be flexible in response to changing priorities.

Flood-specific experience is less important than a scientifically questioning approach, evidence of strong transferrable skills and the ability to learn quickly.

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

  • MSc in Mathematics or Statistics
  • Experience of programming, particularly with Python or R
  • Experience of independent research
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to non-specialists.

If you have any of the following desirable attributes, even better:

  • Experience of environmental applications, particularly flooding and climate change
  • Experience dealing with big data and/or spatial data

You will be supported in your development by the experienced statisticians and modellers both in the team and elsewhere in the company.

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 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.

Further information and applications

 For further information or an informal discussion about this position please email John Paul Gosling.

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 are welcome.

Closing date: 31 January 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.