Geo Intelligence Technical Lead

Willis Towers Watson
01 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Job Title: Geo Intelligence Technical Lead
Location: London

The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas - the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at

The Business

Corporate risk and broking

We know how companies can unlock potential through effective risk management. Our clients rely on us to craft strategies to quantify, mitigate, and transfer risk, taking advantage of our specialist industry experience and unparalleled market know-how. The result is a new way of embracing risk that drives superior results.

The Role

Job Summary

The successful candidate will play an active role in the Analytics Centre of Expertise providing geo-intelligence & Analytics advisory, support and delivery capabilities to the wider Willis Towers Watson Group. Working alongside GI/BI analysts, developers and data science specialists, this corporate capability supports Willis Towers Watson sales teams and analysts develop analytics solutions and insights for their respective business units.

The candidate should be a senior expert in implementing and integrating geospatial technologies to solve risk management and other business problems. They will interact with clients and co-workers to co-ordinate and deliver prioritised projects and ensure the optimised use of our geospatial infrastructure. The candidate will be an enthusiastic advocate for geospatial analytics and enjoy developing geospatial products and technical enablement which is focused on quality assurance.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Conduct Risk: To put the interests of clients and the integrity of the market at the heart of the way you do business
Principal Duties/Responsibilities
  • Working with the Head of the Analytics CoE to advocate the use of the most suitable data/services, keeping up to date with market trends and capabilities
  • Assisting service manager and Head of Analytics CoE in the design, development (implementation) and maintenance of GI platforms
  • Performing analysis and creating information products from geo-intelligence and related software and sub systems.
  • Providing support for data conversion, systems integration and systems/application's development and implementation.
  • Ensure review of other analyst's deliverables (code reviews, design documents) and adherence to set quality control procedures.
  • Ensure best practice and quality assurance is applied to technical delivery - role model and leading by example
  • Line management including performance review and objective setting, input in the salary review, and guiding their personal development
  • Co-ordinating the functional team ensuring the work is to a high standard and on time
  • Developing and applying GI analysis solutions to meet other discipline specific needs.
  • Facilitates technical design walkthroughs, reviews and handover with team members, service management
  • Documenting specifications for geo intelligence or information technology (IT) reports, dashboards, or other outputs.
  • Consults with cross functional team members (PM/BA etc) during delivery to ensure alignment and awareness of dependencies
  • Evaluating GI development and application development proposals and assessing feasibility of projects, co-ordinating the estimation and planning of deliverables
  • Maintain team competence by ensuring that skills or knowledge gaps are met with appropriate training and development so they are able to perform to their maximum capability and fulfil their potential and the requirements of the business and adhere to regulatory requirements
  • Disseminate information regarding tools, reports, or metadata enhancements via community forums, training and stakeholder groups.
  • Understand the internal and external data landscape and work with the Data Strategy team to make data more discoverable and available for analytics purposes.
  • Identify and analyse industry or geographic trends with business strategy implications.
  • Maintain library of model documents, templates, or other reusable knowledge assets.
  • Analyse technology trends to identify markets for future product development
Experience / Requirements
  • 5+ years of experience implementing enterprise software solutions, developing independent and integrated analytical solutions/capabilities
  • Demonstrated data analytics/modelling proficiency
  • Creativity and curiosity regarding data, ability to identify patterns in disparate data source
  • Experience in both agile and classic "waterfall" implementations
  • Strong communication and customer management skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Experience in engaging with senior business leaders and IT
  • Leads pilot engagements and supporting customers
  • Communicates with product management to help shape the product roadmap
  • Experience co-ordinating priorities and managing several projects simultaneously, driving projects through to completion.
  • Experience of line management and associate development
  • Advanced experience developing, supporting and co-ordinating the deployment of the ESRI Desktop product suite across a community of users (ArcGIS Desktop/ ArcGIS Pro and extensions such as Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Data Interoperability & City Engine)
  • Advanced experience developing , supporting and co-ordinating ESRI enterprise product suite (ArcGIS Server/Portal v10.4+, Data Store, ArcGIS Online) - experience designing, administrating and managing web services and applications at enterprise level
  • Knowledge of the principles underlying geocoding and address data cleansing technologies (preferably Pitney Bowes Spectrum) and extending these capabilities to a diverse user community
  • Strong competence working with SQL Server databases as a data source and SQL Server Spatial. Other databases advantageous.
  • Advanced experience co-ordinating, developing and updating geospatial data warehouses with associated knowledge for data security and licence compliance.
  • Advanced experience developing analytical models incorporating geospatial modelling and geo-processing services.
  • Ability to develop custom algorithms using languages such as Javascript, Python or R.
  • Degree educated in an analytical subject. A bachelor's degree in business, management, accounting, economics, statistics, information science or similar. Masters level or above would be an advantage
  • Ability to integrate into a time critical business environment and meet challenging time lines.
  • Ability to work with colleagues spanning different technology disciplines to deliver optimal customer outcomes.
  • Strong problem solving skills, critical thinking and attention to detail with the ability to look at the data trends and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to process and understand data quickly and creatively.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Good data analysis skills resulting in timely decision making.
  • Demonstrates excellent process, documentation, team participation and problem solving skills.
  • Enthusiasm and self-motivation
What can we offer you?

In return you will be rewarded with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including; a fantastic pension scheme, life insurance, medical insurance, eye care vouchers and flexible benefits including critical illness cover, dental cover, additional life assurance, childcare vouchers, retail vouchers and many other options and Corporate deals.

Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.

We are committed to equal employment opportunities at Willis Towers Watson.