Statistician

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

Your role

As a statistician and modeller, you will develop components for our global probabilistic flood and emerging-hazard models using diverse statistical methods as well as exploring the impacts of climate change. You will play a vital role in enabling us to deliver the highest quality data and models to our insurance and reinsurance clients. We have an ambitious multi-year plan to revolutionise the technologies we use. The key areas where you can make an impact include the mathematical and statistical elements of our products.

As a statistical analyst you will help to uncover important features of our flood modelling data. You will collaborate as part of a multi-disciplinary team to effectively visualise and communicate our global models to key stakeholders and clients.

The team member we’re looking for

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

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

You should take 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, demand robust justification of proposed methods, and think outside the box.

Working alongside statisticians, hydrologists, climate scientists, software developers and key stakeholders 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.

You will need to able to demonstrate the following essential attributes:

  • MSc or PhD in Statistics, Mathematics or Data Science
  • Experience of script writing R or Python
  • Experience of data analysis and visualisation
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to non-specialists
  • Comfortable working in an Agile environment
  • Understand the importance of quality control

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

  • Experience with environmental data, particularly related to 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.

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.

Location

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 Alison Poulston by email at alison.poulston@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: 27 June 2022

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.