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Consumer and Community Bank Finance, Stress Testing Analytics, Associate

Req #: 180020201_1
Location: Columbus, OH, US
Job Category: Accounting/Finance/Audit/Risk
Job Description:

Business description

Consumer & Community Banking (“CCB”) serves ~65 million consumers and four million small businesses with a broad range of financial services, including mortgages, credit cards, payments, investment advice, personal banking, business lending and auto finance.


Team and role description

The Stress Testing Analytics team (“Analytics”) is accountable for success in two key areas of CCB – (1) analyzing business performance under various stress scenarios (explaining the “so what?”), and (2) creating and enhancing capabilities that position CCB as best in class in the field of stress testing (thinking on “how can we improve what we’re doing?”).


Achieving exceptional quality in our first area of interest – analyzing business performance under stress – is done through methodical, logic-driven approaches for identifying underlying performance drivers for each of CCB’s businesses, analyzing their respective areas of impact and distilling these large amounts of data into a succinct, coherent story that conveys key messages to CCB’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, and often Chief Executive Officer.  At a tactical level, analyses may include determining the impact of macro-economic variables on business performance, identifying trends in performance over stress projection periods (typically nine quarters), understanding the dynamic between multiple lines of business in CCB in terms of drivers and offsets of performance, and present a view on the implications of all of the above (the “so what?”) to senior management.


Achieving continuous improvement in our second area of interest – creating and enhancing stress testing capabilities – is achieved by leading automation efforts to streamline inputs and outputs of the stress testing analysis, challenging the status quo by introducing innovative best practices, venturing into Predictive Analytics, and working closely with upstream and downstream stakeholders to make analysis outputs more accessible at all levels.


Analytics is a small team operating in a start-up-like setting.  Our team-members get a disproportionate amount of responsibility, and are expected to analyze and problem-solve on multiple dimensions in parallel. If you like numbers and understanding what drives them, if you like looking at something and thinking how it could be done in a better way, if you like fast pace and a dynamic, flat setting, and if you like presenting your views to the most senior executives of JPMC – we may have a spot for you on our team!


What would you be doing as a leading member of our team?

·         Spend lots of time reading and understanding what drives performance of each of CCB’s six (!) sub-lines of business, to the extent that you would know each of these businesses as good as their own executives…

·         Further hone your already-expert-level skills in Excel and PowerPoint to analyze impact of macro-economic variables on business drivers and present not only the quantitative and qualitative impact, but also its implications (the “so what?”) for the business…

·         Sharpen your softer skills by leading engagements involving stakeholders from Analytics and other teams, as well as negotiating with upstream counterparties (e.g. Corporate) to shield your clients (CCB’s sub-lines of business) from unnecessary or inefficient requests…

·         Go up against the best in the firm – you will take a view and then present and defend it in Q&A sessions with the most senior executives of the firm, as well as business managers who have been driving exceptional results since before you joined, including interactions with colleagues from Corporate Investment Bank and Asset Wealth Management…


What won’t you be doing as a leading member of our team?

·         Modeling or forecasting – in Analytics, we take a view on the numbers and provide commentary on what they mean.  We are down-stream from the modelers and forecasting teams, who actually generate the numbers, but we do interact with them on an almost-daily basis and they are a big part of our constituents

·         Anything not “analysis” – as you could probably already tell from the above (we hope), our main focus is on analysis – of numbers, processes, scenarios.  These are what you’d be spending your time on 


·         Positive attitude and high energy

·         Passion for numbers and what they mean

·         Guru-level Excel and PowerPoint skills

·         Experience analyzing numbers (e.g. investment banking, management consulting, financial analysis)

·         Strong logic-driven approach to solving problems and mitigating challenges

·         Professional maturity, strong executive presence, presentation and negotiation skills


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