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Climate & Weather Analyst

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The Role:

You will help prepare Direct Line Group for the future by providing research and analytics on our exposure to catastrophe risk, especially where it relates to climate change.

This a key role within a small Exposure Management team, developing our view of risk around meteorological perils. The role will require a strong passion for and scientific understanding of how climate change is impacting and will impact natural catastrophes, being able to synthesize research and internal data into actionable insights for the business.

The candidate will also run catastrophe and capital modelling software to assist business decision making and support the broader Exposure Management function, including scenario analysis, model development, and production of key risk metrics. A collaborative and pragmatic mindset will be needed to work with internal and external stakeholders from pricing & underwriting, finance, risk management, group actuarial and reinsurance.

What you will be doing:

  • Assist the development of DLGs proactive approach to managing physical climate change risk for the Group, put in place a risk framework and monitoring capabilities to meet current regulatory risk requirements, and be prepared for external reporting requirements.
  • Promote a culture of climate change awareness throughout the organisation by providing updates on current science and what this means for our business and our customers.
  • Review, validate, enhance, and document our approach for quantifying risk to weather-related catastrophe perils such as windstorm, flood, subsidence, and freeze. Work collaboratively with stakeholders to help manage change from any revisions to the view of risk.
  • Provide support and analysis to projects/team such as:

oRun catastrophe and capital modelling software to understand and advise on accumulation risks

oProduce quarterly accumulation reports, highlighting key changes

oAssist with the development of scenario tests and other key risk indicators.

oSupport our climate change agenda through research and development and help with the building of bespoke model components to understand how our business may perform in the future and suggest ways to be more resilient.

  • Plan, manage and deliver specific tasks and projects in a pro-active, timely and accurate manner, providing insights, impacts and recommendations; lead specialised investigations, producing reports and presentations for internal stakeholders.  
  • Identify opportunities for improvements to enable tasks to be performed in a more efficient manner. Challenge current processes appropriately with suggestions as to how these can be refined.
  • Develop yourself and your business, market knowledge and awareness of relevant industry issues, to maximise your personal contribution to the team and identify opportunities to gain additional skills.

Skills we are looking for:

We're looking for someone with knowledge or research experience in climate change who looking to apply it in a pragmatic way to business applications. You'll also need strong programming/scripting skills, ideally in R or Python. SQL experience will be useful.

  • You will be an effective communicator at all levels and be able to demonstrate strong relationship management and stakeholder engagement skills.
  • You will be a strong team player but also be able to use your own initiative and be able to progress work independently.
  • You will have some understanding of catastrophe modelling or be keen to learn.
  • Be able to interact effectively with peers in other areas of DLG to improve knowledge, share and understand impacts of your work across the wider business. Ensure lessons learned are effectively communicated across the team. Liaise regularly with stakeholders to ensure objectives are aligned across functions.
  • Data visualisation skills with tools such as Tableau or Power BI.
  • Understanding how to work with geographic data and how to perform spatial analyses.

Ways of Working

Our hybrid model way of working offers a 'best of both worlds' approach combining the best parts of home and office-working, offering flexibility for everyone. When you'll be in the office depends on your role, but most colleagues are in 2 days a week, and we'll consider the flexible working options that work best for you.

Read our flexible working approach here


We recognise we wouldn't be where we are today without our colleagues, that's why we offer excellent benefits designed to suit your lifestyle:

  • 9% employer contributed pension
  • 50% off home, motor and pet insurance plus free travel insurance and Green Flag breakdown cover
  • Additional optional Health and Dental insurance
  • EV car scheme allows all colleagues to lease a brand new electric or plug-in hybrid car in a tax efficient way.
  • Generous holidays
  • Buy as you earn share scheme
  • Employee discounts and cashback
  • Plus many more

Being yourself

Direct Line Group is an equal opportunity employer, and we think diversity of background and thinking is a big strength in our people. We're delighted to feature as one of the UK's Top 50 Inclusive Employers and are committed to making our business an inclusive place to work, where everyone can be themselves and succeed in their careers.

We know you're more than a CV, and the things that make you, you, are what bring potential to our business. We recognise and embrace people that work in different ways so if you need any adjustments to our recruitment process, please speak to the recruitment team who will be happy to support you.

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