Lead Analyst - Risk Modeling

Western Union   •  

Englewood, CO

Industry: Financial Services


Not Specified years

Posted 339 days ago

Western Union is changing. Yes, we’re the company that moves money around the world quickly and reliably in 200 countries and territories. We are also present in over 510,000 locations bringing immense distribution convenience to our consumers. But we’re on the cusp of becoming much more than that. Our vision is to be the preferred financial services provider for the underserved – billions of people and businesses with unmet financial service needs. That means aggressively pursuing digital, mobile, ATM/kiosk and stored value card strategies that meet the needs of today’s global consumers and businesses. So, if you’re looking for a company on the move – and truly one of the most diverse work environments on the planet – then Western Union could be for you.


Right now, we are seeking a Lead Analyst – Risk Modeling, based at Western Union’s global headquarters in Englewood, Colorado.

This position is with the Risk Modeling & Statistics team, and will support risk modeling and analytics reporting throughout the Global Compliance organization. These models target AML/Fraud risk associated with Western Union’s Agents, consumers, corridors, products, and geographies. Responsibilities will align with the following areas:

  • Data acquisition and processing (ETL and feature engineering and processing)
  • Data analysis and modeling
  • Implementation of predictive risk models
  • Presentation of information and findings (including analytics reporting)
  • Interfacing with stakeholders (gathering requirements, sharing insights, using feedback to improve and enhance)


  • Bachelor’s degree in quantitative filed (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Economics, Finance), Masters preferred
  • Strong experience working RDBMS architectures such SQL, DB2, MySQL or other relational databases and relational database programming (including DDL and procedures)
  • Experience with NoSQL type databases preferred
  • Strong experience with data manipulation and analytical processing (Python preferred)
  • Experience with data visualization required, front-end web (d3.js, etc.) is a plus
  • Real world experience performing data mining and statistical modeling (using R or Python) is strongly preferred
  • Experience working in a Linux environment is a plus
  • Experience with the Hadoop ecosystem is a plus
  • Strong data management skills with experience working with large data sets
  • Multiple years of functional programming experience and knowledge of programming concepts
  • Experience with analytical processing, with emphasis on development and performance testing
  • Good data visualization skills
  • Desire to constantly learn and evolve technical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal, prioritization, decision making and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong analytical skills and quantitative mindset
  • Demonstrated experience delivering well documented data requirements, translating business requirements into technical requirements