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  • Posted: Nov 10, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Absa Group Limited (Absa) has forged a new way of getting things done, driven by bravery and passion, with the readiness to realise the possibilities on our continent and beyond.
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    Model Developer

    Job Summary

    To develop decision models within the unsecured lending environment in order to support the credit risk team.

    Job Description

    Accountability: Model development (50%)

    • Develop models in-house by ensuring model build data are of sufficient quality, completing statistical data analysis and producing detailed model build documentation while conforming to the governance structures

    • Ensure successful implementation of vendor models by assisting the model implementation team through answering technical questions around the model workings (inputs to the model, calculations performed, etc.) and helping out with testing (comparing implementation results with prototype results) to ensure the model is implemented correctly

    • Develop theoretical understanding and practical application of model development methodology through model building and application experience. Ensure full governance processes for modelling are complied with from model inception and build through to validation and sign-off by completing all relevant documentation according to the Absa Model Risk Policy. This includes responding to Independent Review questions and reworking the model build to include issues raised.

    • Provide and detail appropriateness, perform and report impact analysis and recommend the use of both internal existing corporate models as well as external industry standard models available.

    • Provide directional expertise to enhance model building skills within the team, ensuring increased capacity to build models, by transferring knowledge and experience gained.

    • Ensure model compliance with Absa Group governance standards by following and adhering to standards.

    • Communicate results and recommendations from analysis and modeling undertaken to other areas of Group Credit Risk, SBU’s & cluster by tailoring the interpretation to the audience and using appropriate presentation technology and templates

    • Enhance model usage through strategy and policy recommendations to the Credit Risk team.

    Accountability: Stakeholder management (25%):

    • Actively engage stakeholders (model users, validation team, monitoring team, regulators) to be fully engaged in process and delivery through email discussions, group meetings and one-on-one discussions.

    • Generate appropriate challenge on model builds from around the cluster by discussing model build detail and ideas.

    • Manage key stakeholders across the business by ensuring their issues, objectives and priorities are reflected in the agreed solutions.

    • Convert data extracts into relevant reports and data sets as required. This includes compiling Management Information (MI) and ad-hoc queries while adhering to agreed deadlines.

    • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant business units by understanding the business units' requirements and obtaining feedback.

    • Work with stakeholders to create and maintain a portfolio of business MI by utilising consistent and validated data sources.

    • Contribute to the development of a high-performance culture.

    • Participate in planning, resource allocation, training and team-building functions.

    Accountability: Consultancy (10%)

    • Compile trend analysis for "AS IS" and "TO BE" scenarios by statistically comparing different scenarios. Use these analyses to make recommendations around next steps or decisions to be taken.

    • Support business forecasting and extrapolations by assisting in analyses as required by business.

    • Create value added knowledge of data and process by analysing information obtained from the Risk Data Store.

    Accountability: Governance and Adherence (10%)

    • Provide general consultancy for credit risk matters within the cluster, including validation and challenge models.

    • Ensure best practice modelling techniques are in place by liaising with other Absa SBU’s and consulting with strategy software suppliers.

    Accountability: Continuous self-development and growth (5%)

    • Stay abreast of knowledge and skills relevant to the level and area of work, and actively seek to attain those required for the next level of work.

    • Improve corporate performance by considering influencing events, quantifying the impact on corporate performance and proactively finding solutions.

    • Perform all other duties as reasonably assigned.


    Bachelor's Degree: Actuarial Science, Bachelor's Degree: Applied Mathematics, Bachelor's Degree: Mathematics (Required), Bachelor's Degree: Statistics

    Absa Bank Limited is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. In compliance with the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, preference will be given to suitable candidates from designated groups whose appointments will contribute towards achievement of equitable demographic representation of our workforce profile and add to the diversity of the Bank.

    Absa Bank Limited reserves the right not to make an appointment to the post as advertised

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Absa Group Limited (Absa) on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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