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Vice President, Head of Decision Science

OnDeck, New York, NY

Helping small businesses reach their goals? We're on it.


Innovation, collaboration, and success: at OnDeck, We Make It Happen. We’ve changed the way small businesses access financing. With the spirit of a fintech start-up and the stability of a larger organization, OnDeck helps customers achieve their ambitions while leading in the small business lending space. We operate with a one team mindset, supporting each other and celebrating our wins together. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, inclusive environment where you can make an impact on our customers and business, OnDeck could be the place for you.

At OnDeck, the Head of Decision Science will be responsible for leading a team of model developers and validators who create the predictive structures upon which the business and operating model rests. He or she will possess not only technical and mathematical knowledge but also a strong business knowledge, ability to effectively communicate with different stakeholders, and ability to understand, define, articulate and simplify complex and ambiguous business problems. They will partner with key business stakeholders in defining the model development roadmap and leading all stages of model lifecycle work from concept creation to eventual model retirement or rebuild.

Reporting to the OnDeck’s CRO, this is an ideal opportunity for an individual who wants to have a big impact in a lending business that blends the best practices and aspects of traditional data driven lending with a small company feel and nimbleness.

Qualifications to make it happen: 

Required

  • 15-20 years of experience inside the financial services industry, with at least 7 years focused on modeling/decision science 
  • MS or PhD in Statistics or similar quantitatively intense discipline
  • At least 3 years managing a model development or validation function and team
  • Hands on data and programming capabilities in SQL and at least one modeling language tool (R, S, SAS, Python, etc)

Preferred

  • 15-20 years of experience inside financial services with at least 10 years focused on modeling/decision science inside a regulated bank
  • At least 7 years managing combination of both development and validation teams
  • Some experience in developing and deploying strategies utilizing statistical models to achieve business outcomes (underwriting, pricing, etc)
  • Deep expertise and recent experience with Python and Snowflake
  • Modern model deployment technologies and protocols

About OnDeck:

OnDeck is the largest online small business lender in the U.S. Since 2007, we’ve issued over $12 billion in loans for many business needs including inventory purchase, equipment acquisition, hiring, and general corporate purposes. Serving more than 700 industries throughout the country, OnDeck has been trusted by over 100,000 small businesses by providing them with a term loan or line of credit to help them build a growing and thriving enterprise.

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At OnDeck, it’s We Before Me. We support each other and we love seeing people succeed. That’s why we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefit program with a variety of options and opportunities. We offer:

  • Flexible Paid Time Off; Paid Sick Days; Paid Holidays; Paid Birthday
  • Comprehensive Healthcare (Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance)
  • Wellness Subsidy and Mental Health Coaches
  • Voluntary Auto/Home/Pet Insurance
  • Educational Reimbursement; Flexible Working Arrangements
  • 401k Matching, Loan Consolidation, Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Paid Parental Leave and Sabbaticals
  • Affinity Groups and Volunteer Events

We are going to ask you to talk about your accomplishments. Here are some of ours: 

  • Built in Colorado, Top 100 Digital Companies in Colorado, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Built in NYC’s 100 Best Places to Work, 2019
  • Colorado SHRM Best Companies to Work For in Colorado, 2015
  • Crain’s New York Best Places to Work, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Crain’s New York Business Fast 50, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Denver Business Journal Largest  Technology Employers in Denver, 2019
  • Denver Business Journal Best Places to Work, 2019
  • FinTech Breakthrough Award – Best Overall LendTech Company, 2018
  • Fortune 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity, 2016
  • Fortune 50 Best Small and Medium Companies to Work For, 2016
  • Fortune 30 Best Workplaces in Finance and Insurance, 2016
  • Fortune.com and Great Place to Work 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, 2015
  • Fortune/Great Place To Work Great Rated! People’s Picks: 20 Great Workplaces in Financial Services, 2015
  • Forbes’ America’s Most Promising Companies, 2013, 2014
  • Great Place to Work Certification, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Inc. 500|5000, 2013, 2014
  • Inc. Hire Power, 2013
  • Lending Tree’s Top Rated Customer Satisfaction, Q1 2018
  • Selling Power Magazine Best Company to Sell For, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • US News & World Report, “Best Unsecured Business Loans of 2018” – Best for Term Loans
  • Washington Post Top Places to Work, 2019
  • WorldatWork, 2017 Seal of Distinction
  • TalentDesk’s Best Large Companies for Computer Science Jobs in Arlington, Virginia: #1, 2019
  • TalentDesk’s Best Companies for Customer Service Jobs in Denver, Colorado: #1, 2019
  • TalentDesk’s Best Companies for Quality Assurance Jobs in Denver, Colorado: #1, 2019

As part of our dedication to maintaining an inclusive and diverse workforce, OnDeck provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, OnDeck complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

OnDeck expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of OnDeck’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

**No external recruiters or agents, please.**

About OnDeck

Why We Do What We Do OnDeck launched in 2007 to solve a major issue facing small businesses: efficient access to capital. Our passion for Main Street and the cutting-edge technology we use to evaluate businesses based on their actual performance, not solely business owners’ personal credit scores, make it possible for us to responsibly expand access to credit. This allows businesses to spend their time where it provides the most benefit—on their customers and on growing, not looking for a small business loan. We understand that financing a small business can be a challenge that requires more time than most small business owners have in a day. Business operations, accounts receivable, accounting, and marketing are all an important part of running a small business—and financing shouldn’t slow down your focus on these issues; it should instead help a business grow. OnDeck offers financing options like short and longer-term loans and lines of credit, in order to grow your business. Flexible terms and rates based on your business’ performance, and not solely personal credit history, may make an OnDeck loan an attractive option when compared to a traditional bank loan. We offer a quick response to loan applications by qualifying and evaluating business performance based upon a variety of important performance metrics. OnDeck is the largest online small business lender in the U.S. Since 2007, we’ve issued over $7 billion in loans for many business needs including inventory purchase, equipment acquisition, hiring, and general corporate purposes. Serving more than 700 industries throughout the country, OnDeck has been trusted by over 50,000 small businesses by providing them with a term loan or line of credit to help them build a growing and thriving enterprise.

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