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Head of Modelling

Date Posted
26th May 2015
Reference
BG2605151
Sector
Pensions
Job Type
Permanent
Location
London
Benefits
Plus 10% non-contributory pension
Salary
£50,000 to £55,000 Per Annum

Job Description Apply: Head of Modelling

A completely unique job opportunity as Head of Models in Central London has arisen at a hugely well-respected and highly influential non-profit organization (charity) whose critical research shapes UK government policy on pensions and which think-tanks also rely upon. They are seeking to hire an experienced modeller as their Head of Modelling which would see you manage 2 modelling specialists (both of whom are student actuaries). The main responsibilities of the post are to lead the maintenance, development and use of their suite of models of the UK pension system as well as to deliver specific project based work as part of the research team. These models are spreadsheet based, with the aggregate and distributional models programmed using Visual Basic.

They are currently undertaking a strategic review of the models, including consideration as to the language they are in, for which you would provide an assessment. As the Head of Modelling you ensure that the team maintain and operate the coding of the models, and model documentation. You will be responsible for identifying, analysing, cleaning and manipulating the data used in the models, and in producing model results to feed in to research publications. You will build relationships with other modellers in the academic community and Government and will lead the Model Review Board; a group of industry, Government and academics who oversee the assumptions included in the model suite. You will communicate findings to technical and non-technical audiences, both in writing and verbally through presentations and as part of this role will develop a detailed understanding of pensions policy.

The work-life balance at this non-profit organization is exceptional (35 hr weeks + flexible working hours), and there could be some flexibility for a very experienced individual to be considered on a 3 or 4 day a week basis (although this is not their preferred option).

The work on offer is intellectually stimulating and would suit someone with either an actuarial or economic modelling background. Candidates with an alternative modelling background or relevant experience in micro-simulation models would also be considered. Having an interest in the broader social policy issues surrounding pensions and ageing would also be an advantage. You will have excellent report writing skills as well as experience of handling and interrogating large data sets (for example using SAS or SPSS) and possess the ability to recognise the strengths and limitations of alternative data sets.

 

Please contact me for more information on 020 7019 8869 or email Bradley.grant@goodmanmasson.com

 


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