Senior Analytics Manager, Portfolio Optimization

| Chicago
Who we are:
Braviant is a leading provider of tech-enabled credit products that combines breakthrough technology and cutting-edge machine learning to transform how people access credit online. Our next-generation approach to lending reduces credit barriers and creates a Path to Prime to help millions of underbanked consumers build credit history, reduce their cost of borrowing, and achieve financial success.
The Role:
Our Senior Analytics Manager, Portfolio Optimization will lead Braviant's team focused on underwriting, fraud prevention, loan offers / pricing, loss forecasting and portfolio management for our consumer lending businesses. A successful Senior Analytics Manager will have a blend of technical and leadership skills, a strong background in data and analytics with a bias toward continuous testing and optimization, and relevant experience within the consumer lending industry.

What you'll be doing:

  • You'll lead a team of predictive modelers and strategists responsible for the development, validation, maintenance, optimization, and monitoring of decision models and strategies used for underwriting and verification decisions
  • You'll execute on a disciplined growth strategy that properly balances short-term vs. long-term profitability and appropriately mitigates credit risk
  • You'll establish and maintain Credit Policy and Underwriting Guidelines documentation for each of Braviant’s products and business lines
  • You'll implement sampling / testing procedures to enable long-term optimization of approval decisions, offer amounts, pricing and loan terms for different customer segments
  • You'll develop fraud mitigation models, tools and strategies to mitigate losses due to identity theft, synthetic identities, and other types of fraud attacks
  • You'll develop unit-level profitability analysis and loan loss forecasting to track and optimize performance of various portfolio segments such as acquisition channel, customer type (new vs. previous), geography, and risk tier
  • You'll partner with Finance to establish target KPIs (e.g., approval rates, funding rates, and loan terms), forecast loan losses, and explain any variance in actual vs. projected results
  • You'll collaborate with Product and Business Intelligence teams to define and monitor critical underwriting and portfolio KPIs
  • You'll collaborate with Product and Technology teams to build on the existing Analytics infrastructure to support continuous testing / optimization and streamlined implementation of new underwriting models and strategies
  • You'll manage existing Analytics vendors (i.e. credit reporting agencies and other 3rd party data providers) and proactively identify and test new data sources to further enhance decisioning
  • You'll attract, hire, manage and mentor top tier Credit Risk and Portfolio Management professionals

What you'll bring

  • Bachelor's degree required in Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or other quantitative field
  • 5+ years of experience leading a team of predictive modelers / analytics professionals in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of best practices in Credit Risk, Underwriting, Loss Forecasting and Portfolio Management for unsecured consumer lending products
  • Expert proficiency in languages used for data manipulation and statistical analysis e.g. R/Python/SQL
  • Hands-on experience with a variety of predictive modeling techniques including logistic regression, boosting, decision trees, and more, and a strong desire to keep skills up to date and explore new methodologies over time
  • Knowledge of optimization, stochastic processes, experiment analysis and bootstrapping
  • equally important...
  • You possess an ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams to solve complex problems and develop pragmatic solutions under tight deadlines
  • You are motivated by working in a high-growth, fast-paced and iterative environment
  • You are a relationship builder who can establish trust, confidence and credibility with peers, senior leaders and direct reports
  • You believe in teamwork and are not afraid of rolling up your sleeves. 
  • You are comfortable with the unknown: startup life allows for a broad, wide ranging role, but also means priorities and work can change quickly. You are excited about all this entails!

What makes you stand out:

  • Master's degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or other quantitative field
  • 3+ years of unsecured consumer lending experience

What it's like to work here:
We're more than just great snacks, unique outings, a cool office, or swag. We're about achieving results while having fun along the way. We believe in solving problems together and building on each other’s ideas. Our teams are comprised of smart, curious individuals and we encourage everyone to think like an owner, take initiative and drive their careers. Our broad roles provide tremendous opportunities for individuals to acquire new skills, gain exposure to all areas of the business, and quickly see their impact at Braviant.

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Location

Our company is located in the heart of the Loop with great access to public transportation (both Metra & CTA), coffee shops, and restaurants.

An Insider's view of Braviant Holdings

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is relaxed and friendly but at the same time focused on what we can get done every day to contribute the most to the success of Braviant. Monthly office happy hours makes it easy for co-workers from different teams to get to know each other, which helps promote a more collaborative environment when solving problems.

Michael S.

Staff Accountant

What does your typical day look like?

What I love about Braviant is there isn't a "typical day" which can often become mundane. Braviant is fast moving and given it's startup, it means that its employees have to wear multiple hats from time to time so one can see multiple facets of the business in a short period of time.

Lonnie H.

Capital Markets Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

A can-do attitude and a healthy balance of understanding the bigger picture and knowing when to dig into the details.

Emily M.

Associate Director of Operations Strategy

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

As a leader, I strongly believe that it's not my job to come up with all the ideas - it's my job to foster an engaging, collaborative environment where every single person on the team has a voice and can contribute to the company's strategy and road map.

Stephanie K.

CEO

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Here at Braviant, we collaborate across function seamlessly to tackle challenges and sprint for goals together. As a lead in data science team, my scope is not just limited to data crunching. On a day to day basis, I work closely with various team to tackle different challenges, as our business is in hyper growth period.

Kay H.

Analytics Lead

What are Braviant Holdings Perks + Benefits

Braviant Holdings Benefits Overview

Though still a startup, our benefits rival those of larger, more mature organizations. Employees participate in focus groups to discuss what they like most about working at Braviant and what we can do better. We also survey and vote on key culture initiatives such as what our company values should be or which new benefits we should offer.

Based on this feedback, we recently enhanced our employer contribution to cover 100% of employee healthcare and disability costs. Other enhancements include a new wellness program and a professional development fund to support employees who wish to attend external conferences or workshops. In order to support new parents, we've introduced an enhanced parental leave policy that includes a gradual return to work with a reduced schedule in the weeks immediately following leave. We also offer leadership development training to equip our people managers with the right tools to drive engagement and results on their teams. At our core, Braviant recognizes that an individual's happiness contributes to the team's overall health, so we listen to employees and strive to provide a balanced environment for learning, opportunity, and fun!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Braviant volunteers biannually at local food banks. We also participate in food drives and gift drives throughout the year.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Braviant's Flexible Spending Account (FSA) helps employees cover out-of-pocket medical expenses with pre-tax contributions of up to $2,650 annually.
Disability Insurance
Braviant pays for 100% of the premiums for both Short Term and Long Term Disability.
Dental Benefits
Braviant pays for 100% of the premiums for employees dental insurance.
Vision Benefits
Braviant pays for 100% of the premiums for employees vision insurance.
Health Insurance Benefits
Braviant pays for 100% of the premiums for employees medical coverage. We offer a variety of plans with excellent coverage and affordable deductibles.
Life Insurance
All Braviant employees are automatically enrolled in a life insurance policy of $200,000.
Wellness Programs
We offer a wellness program that includes free wellness classes (yoga, pilates, etc) onsite and team wellness challenges (increase water intake, etc) in the office.
Onsite Gym
There is a gym in our office building, and Braviant subsidizes the monthly gym membership.
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, In-office fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Braviant employees can begin to contribute to their 401K at 90 days of employment and receive 3% employer contributions (regardless of individual contribution) which is vested immediately.
401(K) Matching
Braviant doesn't match contributions, we automatically contribute 3%, which is vested immediately!
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer 4 weeks of parental leave benefits to both part-time and full-time employees and a "reduced return to work schedule" to caregivers allowing employees 3-day work weeks following return.
Flexible Work Schedule
Braviant is a results-driven organization with flexibility to employees as needed and earned.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes working remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Braviant offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 1500 for eligible adoption expenses and 4 weeks of paid leave.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Braviant's policy allows employees to continue to earn more PTO through tenure and promotion.
Paid Volunteer Time
Braviant encourages employees to give back through participating in a company wide volunteer day where the team can spend time together
Paid Holidays
Braviant offers employee paid time off to observe all major holidays, as well as one floating holiday to be used based on individual observances!
Paid Sick Days
Braviant offers paid wellness days for all employees to use as unplanned personal time off or sick time.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
While our beer isn't technically "on tap" we do enjoy weekly delivery of local/craft brews and wine for all to enjoy.
Casual Dress
Braviant's every day casual dress code includes jeans, t-shirts and sandals (just ask Bob Sides, our CTO, who you'll see in flip-flips from April-Sept!)
Commuter Benefits
Braviant offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees.
Company Outings
We offer so many! Monthly happy hours (that includes team trivia nights, etc.) and as well as quarterly corporate outings (tiki boat tour, baseball games) and an annual holiday party (with plus ones!)
Game Room
We have a ton of games in the office - from a foosball table, to bags, poker, card games, board games and more!
Stocked Kitchen
Too many to list! Here are some favs: coffee (iced and hot), LaCroix, soda, chips, hummus, guac, cheese & crackers, nuts, bars, fresh fruit and veggies, bagels, cereal, candy, and DOVE ICE CREAM BARS
Happy Hours
Braviant hosts monthly happy hours with catered food, plenty of beer/wine, often with additional games/themes like trivia, bags tournaments, fantasy drafts, white elephant gift exchange & potlucks!
Fitness Subsidies
Braviant pays for a portion of the in-building gym as well as a discounted membership through Chicago Athletic Clubs.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Braviant has an internal 4-week leadership training program for all of our people managers and provides opportunities for all employees to attend conferences and trainings.
Tuition Reimbursement
Braviant's professional development perk allows employees the flexibility to attend conferences and webinars, external seminars and workshops, and any other professional development of interest.
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $4500 annualy for continuing education.
Time allotted for learning
Braviant allows employees to set aside 16+ working hours for professional development.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
We have annual budget of up to $4500 for paid industry certifications.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We strive to give our employees what they want. Whether that is stocking a specific brand of chips, saying yes to attend trainings or conferences, creating an in-office data science library, giving flexibility when returning to work post-baby--we want to make sure that our team's unique needs are met so they can bring their best selves to work.

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