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Macroeconomic Insights Lead in Dublin at PayPal

Date Posted: 4/16/2019

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 267 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal is the leading global online payment service built for the digital age. We now have over 250 million active customers around the world and handle almost a fifth of the world’s online payments. And we’re delivering the future of money – today. You can use PayPal anytime, anywhere, any way. PayPal continues to drive connected commerce across all channels - online, mobile and in-store. In Q3 2018 we handled nearly $57 billion in mobile payments alone. We are constantly innovating and creating experiences our customers love. We leverage data driven insights extensively in the Risk Management domain and are setting up an Global Analytics Centre of Excellence in Dublin to support global and regional analytics needs across the Commercial Risk Management function. Within this analytics team we are creating a position to leverage macroeconomic and economic intelligence and insights into our overall risk profiles. The Global Commercial Seller Risk team is responsible globally for the end to end management of seller risk for Large sellers. These sellers process > $500 000 in payments per year with PayPal and comprise ~ 60% of our global processing volume. Understanding and closely managing the credit (insolvency) risks associated with these sellers is critical to our management of the portfolio. The credit risk arises as PayPal offers a type of guarantee to buyers for undelivered goods and services and if the seller becomes insolvent, PayPal bears the financial liability.

PayPal seeks a business-savvy, data-driven Economic Intelligence and Global Macroeconomic Insights leader. The core responsibility of this person would be to provide a short, medium and long term global economic outlook and break that down further into regional, country and industry outlooks. This is a  newly created position for an individual to provide dedicated monitoring of key macroeconomic developments, and translate the impact of economic indicators to PayPal, specifically the impact to seller risk.  The objective through the increased monitoring is to identify and monitor new and existing economic threats and indicators to assist PayPal in managing these risks against PayPal’s portfolio of global sellers and support the appropriate risk/exposure/reward trade-offs.  The work is expected to cultivate an additional holistic layer to Commercial Seller Risk Management across our global sphere of sellers whom we have credit and financial exposure to.  This exciting role, requires an individual contributor to collaborate closely with various stakeholders - internal and external and to formulate the insights.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identification and monitoring of specific macro-economic levers relevant to the seller portfolio. 
  • Formulation of specific customised market/regional (NA, APAC, EMEA) strategies against key economic triggers   
  • Utilisation of external sources to support the monitoring of the key external levers and to assist in policy development, analytics creation and solution deployment  
  • Development of specific stress testing capabilities around relevant key indicators and management of these risks against PayPal portfolio.      
  • Develop a framework to connect economic indicators with PayPal’s business and risk performance indicators.
  • Deliver portfolio management and ‘hot spot’ reporting and monitoring. 
  • Assist in discovery of new opportunities to grow and optimize business and risk/reward trade off’s through external economical insights. 
  • Support global and regional strategic initiatives across the Commercial risk portfolio
  • Deep dive analyses on moderately sized data- potentially using SQL/SAS or other tools and structuring of analyses using MS Excel.
  • Use analytics and economic triggers to improve our ability to detect, understand and address emerging trends across portfolio and implement these changes. 
  • Share insights and have comfort in being able to present to a wide array of stakeholders.

Job Requirements

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s/(PHD) Degree in an Economics, engineering, quantitative or a Business related discipline.
  • 5 years + of related credit risk or business/economics experience.
  • Deep knowledge of the key macro-economic trends and their threats to commerce.    
  • Familiarity with, and experience of, using MS Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Familiarity with the concepts of counterparty risk is advantageous (not essential)
  • Experience with database querying tools like SQL, visualization tools like Tableau/QlikView, and scripting tools like Python will be a huge plus (but not essential)

Professional Qualities                                                 

  • High-energy and drive
  • Ability to translate analysis and insights into actionable recommendations
  • Identify business challenges and opportunities for improvement and solve for them using analysis to make strategic or tactical recommendations
  • Support step-change improvements in risk performance by connecting drivers of future risk trends to historical behavior, supporting with insight that lead to improve risk capabilities and testing using rigorous monitoring and analysis
  • Outstanding problem solving skills
  • Ability to operate through ambiguity and change
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong business judgement
  • Clearly results orientated
  • Ability to work confidently with colleagues across the business such as: Product, Data Technology, Sales, Operations, Finance to drive improvements
  • Ability to work with ambiguity and adapt in a fast high paced and dynamic environment

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.



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