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Willis Towers Watson

Senior Risk Associate

The Role

This is a full-time role for an individual with strong analytical, numerical/statistical, scientific or civil/structural engineering background to join the Strategic Risk Consulting at Willis Towers Watson as a senior associate for catastrophe and climate risk impact assessments. Apart from participating in consulting projects this senior role also requires building up the Natural Catastrophe and Climate Risk Management Business with focus on GB and Western Europe.

Key objectives are therefore to assist the Strategic Risk Consulting team in developing the catastrophe and climate risk management business in these geographies as well as providing catastrophe and climate risk engineering type assessments or utilizing the models of RMS (Risk Management Solutions) and other insurance market recognized catastrophe risk models with focus on consulting projects on behalf of the Willis Towers Watson’s corporate client base.

The candidate would be joining a team of industry leading experts spanning across the fields of insurance, science and engineering with the aim of providing unrivalled analytical risk and risk engineering services. This exciting opportunity comes with various technical challenges which are as diverse as the industries we deal in and involves projects globally. One of the key aspects of this opportunity will be that the candidate will be expected to use in depth specialist engineering expertise in the fields of operational and construction risk and couple this insight also with insurance market recognized cat vendor model analysis such as RMS (Risk Management Solutions).

The Requirements

  • Strong leadership skills and in depth understanding of the catastrophe and climate risk consulting arena as well as good business development / presentation skills
  • Strong analytical, engineering-, construction, science- and/or mathematical-based background with interest in the area of natural hazard and climate risk (including earthquake, wind and flood).
  • Where possible, experience in using third party catastrophe models such as RMS, AIR, RQE, KatRisk or at least a good level of understanding of probabilistic and catastrophe modelling concepts.
  • Day to day tasks will include cat risk engineering type assessments, data quality assessment of raw data to be fed into catastrophe models, reviews of exposures to Natural Hazards as well as preparation of modelling input files, running of market recognized models such as RMS and the review, interpretation and validation of the output in light of underlying modelling assumptions and their limitations in respect to retail projects.
  • Insurance market experience and understanding of policy structures for catastrophe risks would be an advantage as well as solid analytical skills, including the ability to find ways to use available data sources to answer questions and solve problems.
  • Knowledge of databases such as SQL or MS Access, VBA, R, any GIS software such as Q-GIS, GRASS or Arc GIS etc. would be an advantage.
  • Able to communicate scientific, statistical, mathematical, and financial concepts to non- technical audiences.
  • Highly motivated team player and able to thrive in a growing consultancy team environment and is able to build up and lead a catastrophe and climate risk focused team.
  • Develop the Natural Catastrophe and Climate Risk Management Business with focus on GB and Western Europe.
  • Lead catastrophe risk engineering assessments and catastrophe modelling analysis, also by utilizing the RMS catastrophe risk model as well as help to support the Strategic Risk Consulting team in consulting projects on behalf of Willis Towers Watson’s corporate clients.
  • Support on a wide range of consulting projects involving the undertaking of catastrophe risk engineering assessments of operational / construction risk projects incl. presentation of findings to internal and external clients.
  • The role would also include helping to prepare and present output data from the models to support actuarial analyses and wider Risk & Analytics consulting projects.
  • Developing and applying innovative approaches for identifying natural hazard and climate risks for our clients, for regions where no standardized risk assessment tools or models exist.

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