Sr. Director of Credit (Remote)



United States · Remote
Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2023
Empower is a financial technology company on a mission to expand access to fair credit and give anyone in the world the opportunity to improve their financial security and mobility. Our vision is to underwrite the next billion people in the world using alternative data and machine learning to assess financial responsibility more thoughtfully and equitably. Through innovative credit products, offered in a user-friendly mobile experience, we’re making credit more accessible and inclusive and providing more people the chance they deserve to participate in our financial system.
Empower is backed by Sequoia Capital, Blisce, and Icon Ventures. Are we the next great place to grow your impact and accelerate your career? We think so:
Inc. ranked Empower #56 in the 2023 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the US (#55 in 2022). Forbes put Empower on its 2023 list of America's Best Startup Employers. Fast Company recognized the new Empower Thrive line of credit in their 2022 list of the Next Big Things in Tech.
Great Expectations: We come up with bold, audacious goals for ourselves and go all out for impact
Owner Mindset: We give every employee latitude to act independently, make smart choices, and move the business forward
Spirited Debate: We love skeptics and seek counter opinions to challenge our personal assumptions and expand our view
Customer Obsession: We listen to understand, empathize, and create a memorable, rewarding experience for our community
Inclusive Collaboration: We believe diverse teams make the best decisions, and we strive to give diverse voices a seat at the table
No Jerks Allowed: We value our relationships and take the time to build trust and connection and communicate respectfully
Competitive salary
Generous equity package
Full healthcare and dental benefits
Technology expense reimbursement
Work from anywhere
Empower is looking for a seasoned credit leader to grow several emerging businesses, including a new Credit Card product and our International Expansion betas. This role is an exciting opportunity to join a high growth company at the start of new product development and to shape the underwriting approach and product terms. This role will report to Empower’s Head of Credit.
The ideal candidate is passionate about using data and analytics to drive business growth and help customers improve their financial situations. This individual and their team will own workstreams across credit policy, testing, and valuations and will be asked to take projects from ideation to execution. They will also need to partner with product, tech, and finance teams to build out solutions that differentiate Empower. The right person for this role is someone who shines while solving complex problems and is comfortable with a wide variety of technical tools.
Travel for company offsites is expected at a minimum 2 times a year.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build underwriting infrastructure for Empower’s new Credit Card product. Including:
  • - Approval, credit limit, and interest rate credit policies
  • - Broad tests to optimize the future business
  • - Valuations models
  • - Underwriting models (in conjunction with Empower’s Data Science team)
  • Work closely with senior leadership to define Empower’s product-market fit and competitive advantages in the Credit Card space
  • Integrate into our small international teams to stand up rigorous credit decision making and discover novel insights to help us scale
  • Create automated systems to monitor business performance
  • Collaborate effectively with Finance and Product to ensure the work fits into the broader company strategy
  • Work closely with our engineering team as they implement credit policy changes in production and our IT team to improve data quality used for analytics

Candidate Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in engineering, business, finance, computer science or mathematics
  • 5+ years industry experience in data analytics and credit risk management, particularly building credit policies and designing tests
  • 2+ years of leading Analyst or Data Science teams
  • Strong and structured approach to problem solving and ability to use frameworks to solve white-spaced problems
  • Comfort driving results using SQL and Python
  • Excellent communication with executive and external audiences
  • Experience working with cross functional partners in tech, product, credit, and business

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with Data Science teams
At Empower, we hire for people that push themselves to understand others and seek out ways to challenge their personal assumptions. Our hope is that by fostering such an environment, we strengthen our business and relationships by putting people first. We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workspace where everyone (regardless of age, education, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or any personal characteristics) feels like they belong. Even if your experience doesn’t exactly match up to our job description, you should feel empowered to apply regardless!