GFKL LOWELL GROUP LAUNCHES GRADUATE PROGRAMME

Applications to be accepted on a rolling basis

The GFKL Lowell Group has announced the launch of a new Decision Science/analytics graduate programme.

The GFKL Lowell Group is one of the largest credit management companies in Europe and is backed by global investment company Permira Funds and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). The new programme will be housed in Leeds at the company’s UK headquarters.

The graduate programme review committee is accepting applications on a rolling basis and successful candidates will start in September 2017, working in the Decision Science department.

GFKL Lowell’s Decision Science department is focused on understanding, measuring, and predicting consumer financial behaviour. The team comprises business analysts, statisticians and quantitative and behavioral scientists dedicated to addressing the company’s most challenging analytic problems.

The 18-month programme will see new team members working in a rotational cycle across the core functions of Decision Science, including operational training and with a guaranteed overseas placement. GFKL Lowell Group will also provide a dedicated mentor for the duration of the programme, and ensure development opportunities are tailored specifically to the successful applicant’s requirements.

Christopher Trepel, PhD, Group Chief Science Officer, said:

“Data and industry-leading analytics are central components of GFKL Lowell Group’s competitive strategy and we are constantly searching for candidates who display exceptional problem solving skills, drive, intellectual curiosity and ambiguity tolerance.”

“Our team is routinely focused on questions never before asked in this industry and there’s no better place to start your analyst career if you’re interested in understanding consumers, exploring novel data sets and applying a broad set of methods drawn from mathematics, psychology, economics, and management science.”

GFKL Lowell is seeking applications from those with a BSc (2:1 or better) or MSc in a quantitative discipline such as Business Analytics, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, or a behavioural science discipline with significant coursework in statistics and/or quantitative methods. Qualified applicants can apply online at www.lowellgroup.co.uk/our-graduate-programme.

Andrew Bartle, co-founder of Lowell Group, to leave later this year.

Co-founder of Lowell, one of the UK’s leading debt purchase and recovery organisations and part of GFKL Lowell Group*, Andrew has announced his decision to leave the Group later this year to develop new ventures.

Having been a key figure in the industry for almost fifteen years, and a keen supporter of the Credit Services Association, Andrew will be hugely missed not just by his immediate colleagues at Lowell, but by everyone with whom he has worked.

The news comes shortly after Andrew was honoured alongside co-founder James Cornell, with Credit Strategy’s Collections & Customer Service (CCS) award, for their work as pioneers in the credit management sector.

Commenting James said:
“Andrew and I have worked together for many, many years. As co-founders, we’ve been brothers in the creation and development of Lowell, and so today really is the end of an era. Lowell simply wouldn’t be the company it is today without Andrew and he will be hugely missed on both a personal and professional level. We wish Andrew every success in the future as he focuses on a diverse range of start-up business and projects.

Andrew said:
“The decision to leave Lowell has been an incredibly hard one. When James and I established Lowell, we were full of ambitious ideas, but the superb team and successful organisation we’ve created today far surpasses those early plans and expectations. We are both immensely proud of the company we’ve created with the support of many colleagues and clients along the way. I leave Lowell and the industry with many fond memories and friends, both of which I cherish. I look forward to watching Lowell’s success continue in the years to come and to seeing the wider industry go from strength to strength.”

Succession planning is well underway and Andrew will remain in post until a suitable replacement is found to ensure a smooth transition.