Overview

Job Family: Product Development & Management

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.

Job Function: Pricing

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.

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Sr. Specialist, Model Development is responsible for developing and maintaining sophisticated empirical models – including credit scoring models – for a nonprime auto lender. 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. Quantitative Modeler II is expected to interact with many other departments in the interest of achieving the overall company objectives.

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.
  • Develops the underlying assumptions, theory, empirical evidence, and conceptual soundness of statistical and mathematical models.
  • 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.
  • Ensures modeling projects are conducted in accordance with established company policies and generally-accepted mathematical modeling practices.
  • Identifies modeling needs and communicates them to the Director Quantitative Modeling.
  • Assesses department procedures for accuracy and completeness.
  • 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.
  • Liaisons with IT and other internal teams to define requirements and ensure the timely and accurate delivery of data elements for analytic projects.
  • 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.

Requirements:

  • Education –
    • Bachelor’s Degree: Statistics, Economics, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, or a related quantitative discipline required or equivalent experiencde
    • or equivalent work experience
    • Master’s Degree: Statistics, Economics, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, or a related quantitative discipline required or equivalent experience.
    • Ph.D.: Statistics, Economics, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, or a related quantitative discipline required or equivalent experienc
  • Experience –
    • 3-5 years Analytics in Financial Services Industry.
    • 3-5 years Indirect subprime Auto Financial Services Industry experience.
    • 3-5 years Prior experience developing credit scoring models preferred.
  • Skills & Abilities –
    • Familiarity with logistic regression models, segmentation and variable reduction techniques, hypothesis testing, neural networks, design of experiments, ANOVA, decision trees, and linear regression.
    • Prior experience working with credit bureau data strongly preferred.
    • Prior experience using SAS, particularly SAS base, SAS/STAT, PROC SQL, and SAS Macro programming. Additional knowledge of R preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to use SQL and SAS to extract data from multiple data sources.
    • Demonstrated ability to merge, concatenate, and prepare extremely large datasets for statistical analysis and mathematical model development.
    • Demonstrated ability to create complex pivot tables in MS Excel.
    • Ability to effectively explain advanced mathematical concepts, techniques, and analyses to a business audience.
    • Ability to translate analysis into a clear business plan.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Competencies:

  • Change Orientation – Flexibility:
    • Proficient – Applying and Executing
      • Adapts quickly to change and makes suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of change
      • Appropriately shifts attention and refocuses on new goals as a result of changes in priorities or competing work demands
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  • Customer Focus – Customer Understanding:
    • Proficient – Applying and Executing
      • Probes in-depth to understand the customer’s business needs
      • Explores and understands the customer’s alternatives and decision criteria
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  • Execution – Accountability:
    • Proficient – Applying and Executing
      • Follows through to meet commitments to others
      • Takes responsibility for achieving strong results, despite balancing multiple complex demands
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  • Influence – Two-way communication:
    • Proficient – Applying and Executing
      • Communicates in a timely and straightforward manner
      • Probes for additional information, clarifies assumptions and confirms agreed-upon actions
      • Keeps everyone involved informed about progress and issues
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  • Problem Solving – Solution Definition:
    • Proficient – Applying and Executing
      • Sees through complexity and detail to get to the critical issues at hand
      • Takes into account the wider context within which problems exist
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  • Risk Business Acumen – Industry Acumen:
    • Proficient – Applying and Executing
      • Stays current with industry and regulatory trends and emerging risk issues
      • Has good understanding of current market and competitive landscape that the organization operates within
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  • Risk Business Acumen – Product Knowledge:
    • Proficient – Applying and Executing
      • Understands the relevant products and services and the markets in which they are sold and their risk return to the organization
      • Can identify and speak to major operational issues across the organization
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  • Risk Management – Continuous Process Improvement:
    • Proficient – Applying and Executing
      • Proactively works to streamline processes and identify and eliminate redundancies
      • Contributes to the implementation of new methods, policies, processes, procedures, or techniques
      • Independently performs monitoring and testing of processes
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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.