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Lead Underwriter in Seoul at PayPal

Date Posted: 5/29/2020

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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 305 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.

Senior Credit Underwriter at Commercial Seller Risk, primarily focusing on East Asia countries (Korea, Japan)

PayPal Commercial Seller Risk Services – Lead Underwriter

Location: Seoul, Korea

What does the role entail?

  • As the Lead Underwriter, you will develop risk views of PayPal sellers through robust analysis, leveraging your strong business and financial acumen, logical reasoning and superior communication skills to make clear recommendations for balanced and timely risk mitigation. Primarily focusing on east Asia markets (Korea and Japan) while supporting the rest of APAC countries
  • As a senior team members, support the regional head and team manager in building up underwriting strategies/framework/policies and guidelines
  • Timely assessments of merchant credit and fraud risk over the merchant life cycle.
  • Analyze and interpret financial statements, developing a view of the merchants’ financial health and its implications to PayPal’s risk and seller relationships.
  • Analyze and interpret merchant & industry business models, credit reports, merchant processing history, internal PayPal data, background investigations, bank and trade references, etc. developing a view on their impact to PayPal risk and seller relationships.
  • Conduct merchant assessments in view of PayPal Acceptable Uses, Federal and State Regulatory Compliance, Credit Card Compliance and Legal Considerations.
  • Estimate financial exposures to PayPal from sellers, using reasonable assumptions, and assess the need for and extent of risk mitigation measures. 
  • Develop a holistic point of view on assessed merchants, proposing appropriate recommendations or making decisions for mitigating PayPal’s risk and managing seller experience.
  • Develop insights on merchants, sectors and markets based on assessments, peer analyses, etc.
  • Clearly articulate the recommendations and assessment drivers to stakeholders as needed (ex: risk management teams, sales units, PayPal merchants, etc.). Communicate professionally and effectively with cross-functional stakeholders throughout.
  • Maintain accurate and thorough documentation and audit trails of underwriting assessments, reports, methodologies, etc. in a timely manner.
  • Monitor seller performance across portfolio segments, as needed
  • Ensure appropriate escalation to, and follow up with, internal departments and management on issues that may arise.
  • Provide feedback on data, tools and assessments for continuous improvement, along with on-going development of policies, products, tools, and procedures for process enhancement.
  • Support the planning, testing & adoption of new policies, processes, data sources, activities, tools, etc., providing timely and constructive feedback, collaborating with the relevant stakeholders.
  • Other opportunities & projects relevant to managing the financial risk of PayPal’s sellers.

Skills: You would -

  • Have a college degree and/or professional qualification in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related fields, or equivalent work experience
  • Have 5+ years of relevant experience, in underwriting or credit risk assessment
  • Be experienced in financial statement analysis, financial modeling and/or valuation
  • Be comfortable with complex data and analytics to draw meaningful insights
  • Be a team player, with strong interpersonal & communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Be highly curious and thoughtful - a proactive self-starter with a sense of urgency and bias for action, un a fast-paced environment
  • Fluent in Korean. Japanese as a plus.
  • Have familiarity with OFAC, Anti-Money Laundering, and other regulatory compliance requirements for merchants, as a plus
  • Be familiar with MS Office, Salesforce, internet research & database tools. SQL is a plus, but not essential.  

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. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at



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