Lead Applied Econometrician

Purpose of Job

Acts as a strategic partner in anticipating modeling opportunities and developing solutions to drive business results. Leads, motivates and facilitates cross-functional teams through the problem resolution process, including creating models to produce substantiated recommendations and reports in support of business initiatives, efficiencies and potential strategies. This may include modeling design, development, process and utilization of sophisticated statistical modeling methods and tools. Considers risks, competitiveness and business impact of requests and builds models where evaluation of intangibles is required. Independently, under minimal supervision, with a high level of certainty, manages/ performs multiple complex and often unique work assignments and problem resolution across systems, processes or channels; and navigates obstacles to deliver the work product. Drives and directs quality work efforts. Accountable for achieving business objectives and results; and has the authority to make business related decisions.

We are currently seeking a talented Lead Applied Econometrician for our San Antonio, TX location.

Job Requirements

  • Assist leadership to develop a strong modeling analytics team.
  • Acts as a mentor to junior modeling analysts providing ongoing feedback and coaching.
  • Develops team reputation as highly skilled experts in the area of predictive modeling.
  • Regularly interacts with business partners to identify opportunities for predictive analytics to drive business strategy and results.
  • Ability to deliver analytical insights to senior leadership.
  • Lead the development, enhancement and implementation of statistical and other quantitative models to support loss prediction, assess member value, predict member behavior or financial performance and other business applications.
  • Full ownership of the model development process and relationship with the business customer: from conceptualization through data exploration, model selection and validation, implementation, business user training and support.
  • Develops and provides subject matter expertise on current and emerging predictive modeling techniques for various areas within the financial services industry.
  • Monitors and understands emerging technology that can affect modeling and potential business risk.
  • Researches new internal and external data sources.
  • Communicates technical subject matter clearly and concisely to individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Educates and coaches peers and business partners to leverage predictive analytical solutions.
  • Coordinates with legal counsel to ensure regulatory compliance regarding model design and the acquisition and usage of data for segmentation and modeling purposes.

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or related field OR
  • A Master's Degree in Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or related field OR
  • A PhD in Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or related field
  • 8 or more years related work experience in statistical model development. OR
  • If a Master's Degree, 6 or more years related experience in statistical model development OR
  • If a Ph.D.,4 or more years related experience in statistical model development
  • 3 or more years of direct and/or indirect management experience
  • Expert knowledge of data analysis tools and industry data sources.
  • Expert knowledge in developing analysis queries and procedures in SQL, SAS, R, BI tools or other analytical software.
  • Expert knowledge of abroad range modeling techniques (Generalized linear modeling, Time Series, CART, Decision Trees, Neural Networks, Factor analysis,
    experimental design, hypothesis testing, etc.).
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and capability to influence decision making at various levels of management.
  • Successful completion of a job-related assessment may be required.


  • Experience with CCAR, DFAST or other regulatory modeling, either as a model developer or model validator.
  • Experience with large data sets and data quality analysis.
  • 3 plus years experience in banking or in the financial industry.

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits package in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs.  Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals.

USAA also offers a variety of on-site services and conveniences to help you manage your work and personal life, including seven cafeterias, two company stores and three fitness centers.

Relocation assistance is available for this position.