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Senior Quantitative Analyst

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A financial services provider is seeking to employ a Senior Quantitative Analyst who will be accountable for the validation of the models used for the calculation regulatory and economic capital as well as credit impairments and the rating processes. This is to contribute to the goal of best practice models in line with regulations and accounting standards.


  • The role provides in depth exposure to the bank’s credit risk measurement models used for the calculation of regulatory and economic capital, as well as credit impairments
  • Your work will be focused on Wholesale credit models and you will be required to interact with senior modellers on a regular basis
  • The role offers high visibility as analyses and reports will be tabled at board level committees, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the bank’s internal and external auditors
  • The validation function assures the Board, the external auditors of the bank and SARB of the high standard and regulatory compliance of the credit risk models, the rating processes and IFRS 9 impairment models
  • You will be required to provide constructive challenge to business and recommend improvements to models as a subject matter technical expert
  • The ideal candidate will blend excellent communication, report writing, project management and general credit knowledge with solid technical expertise
  • Developing challenger models, assisting the organisation to optimise the number of credit models, and developing your business knowledge will take the team to the next level
  • Your analyses and reports are presented at the organisations' Group Board committees, the SARB and the bank’s internal and external auditors offering high visibility across the organisation
  • The divisional culture emphasises development, especially of leadership and behavioural skills, as well as embracing psychological safety
  • The team will focus on automation, machine learning and expansion into new areas such as credit risk loss forecasting, credit stress testing and anti-money laundering during the medium term
  • This provides opportunities for development and establishing an organisation wide reputation for the ambitious candidate


  • Validation of credit risk models and processes - Quantitative and qualitative validation of credit risk models and data, together with the application thereof
  • Subject matter expert - Provide input or assistance in the build and refinement of credit risk models within the business clusters
  • Enhancements to existing models - Independent development of models to assess potential for improvement on existing ones
  • Continuous learning - Keeping abreast with emerging regulatory requirements and modelling techniques in order to fulfil the role as a subject matter expert. Conduct research into model development and validation best practice
  • Independently develop alternate PD, LGD, EAD models to that currently in use
  • Liaising with the stakeholders - Liaising with the business, credit, and senior modellers to ensure that the validation process and feedback are optimised. Preparing and presenting reports to senior management
  • Change facilitation - Facilitate improvement in credit risk models and processes
  • Organisational learning - Knowledge sharing, research and mentoring of junior staff members and graduates, including skill transfer
  • Documentation - Document work performed and findings of validations. Prepare balanced and objective written communications to various stakeholders, including SARB, the external auditors of the bank and the Board
  • Ad hoc - Assisting management with various ad hoc tasks, reports, specific deep dives, SARB communication and analysis


Qualifications and Experience

  • Honours Degree in Statistics, Mathematic, Econometrics, Finance, Actuarial Science or related quantitative discipline
  • More than 5 years’ work experience in Wholesale risk modelling, validation or credit management environment – with a strong preference for AIRB or IFRS 9 modelling


Requirements and Skills

  • Knowledge of legislative requirements for regulatory credit capital models under the AIRB approach
  • Statistical or mathematical modelling skills
  • Knowledge of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments standard for the calculation of credit impairments is an advantage
  • Understanding of credit modelling and rating process
  • MS Office, particularly Excel (advanced user)
  • SAS and VBA


Kindly note, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of your application please consider it unsuccessful

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Banking/Finance And Investment

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Geographic Location

Gauteng - JHB North