Summary of Responsibilities:

The Sr. Specialist of Model Development is responsible for developing and maintaining sophisticated empirical models – including pricing and credit risk models. The position is highly quantitative in nature and requires an individual capable of taking a “hands on” approach to data analysis. This position is furthermore responsible for summarizing and reporting information to a variety of internal and external clients. The analyst researches, develops and implements competitive pricing programs and/or banking products and services for various lines of business to appropriately price based on risk, deposit, or credit goals while maintaining profitability. Continuously monitors the market and competitor strategies to ensure pricing is in line to provide consumers and/or clients a fair price while maintaining market share and/or deposit levels. Plans, directs and facilitates all phases of the pricing strategy changes from inception through introduction into the marketplace. Ensures products meet regulatory and industry standards.

Essential Functions:

  • Participates in the construction of complex mathematical models – including credit origination and customer behavior scorecards – which directly support critical decision making processes and the company’s overall understanding of our business, the markets within which we operate, and our customers.
  • Applies statistical techniques to analyze trends and uncover risks and opportunities relative to portfolio management and originations.
  • Uses internal and external data sources to create robust model development datasets.
  • Utilizes data mining and statistical techniques to develop analytic insights, sound hypotheses, and informed recommendations.
  • Encapsulates analytic findings into executive-level summary documents to support senior management decision-making.
  • Produces monthly profitability reporting on originations and proactively monitors pricing and profit key performance indicators.
  • Liaisons with IT and other internal teams to implement models and programs.
  • Provides requisite information in support of independent model validation activities.
  • Develops a thorough understanding of the firm’s operations and business practices.
  • Supports Model Validation and documentation of models in accordance with Santander Consumer USA internal policies and U.S. Federal Reserve regulations (SR 11-07).

Other Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned.


Education –

  • Master’s or Ph.D. in Statistics, Economics, Engineering and Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, or a related quantitative discipline required or equivalent experience.

    Experience –

  • 3-5 years in Financial Services Industry and Statistical Model Development experience.
  • Prior experience in auto finance and originations credit risk modeling preferred.

    Skills & Abilities –

  • Ability to use statistical modeling techniques to increase profits.
  • Prior experience using a combination of SAS, SQL, R, and/or Python to extract data, clean data, and build statistical models and pricing strategies. Experience with MS Office.
  • Ability to structure analyses and independently problem solve.
  • Strong teamwork skills.
  • Superior ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines and deliver quality results through multiple organizational areas not under his/her direct span of control.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Superior industry/product knowledge.
  • Ability to interact with senior level management; experience interfacing with multiple levels of the organizational structure.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, personal ownership and drive towards results.

Working Conditions:

  • Frequently: Minimal physical effort such as sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Occasional moving and lifting of equipment and furniture is required to support onsite and offsite meeting setup and teardown.
  • Physically capable of lifting up to fifty pounds, able to bend, kneel, climb ladders.

Employer’s Rights:

  • This job description does not list all the duties of the job.  You may be asked by your supervisors or managers to perform other duties.  You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description.
  • The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time.  This job description is not a contract for employment, and either you or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.