WHO WE ARE | Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Paris, Descartes Underwriting was born of the conviction that climate change calls for a revolution in the insurance industry to better protect individuals, businesses, and governments. We provide data-driven insurance products based on satellite imagery and IoT to protect corporate and public sector clients against climate risk and natural catastrophes. Following a Series A funding of 18m USD in September 2020, we opened offices in New York, Houston, Singapore, Sydney and London. Today, Descartes’ ambitious and international team of 40+ is proud to protect 100+ clients – several from the Fortune 500 – in 60+ countries.
OUR PURPOSE | Losses from catastrophes and man-made disasters are likely to increase year after year due to demographic density and climate change. We firmly believe that the insurance sector can and must play a critical role in helping enterprises and individuals cope with climate risk. This will require, however, a deep transformation of the sector, as current insurance products often lack transparency, carry expensive premiums, and come with slow claims processing.
OUR APPROACH | True to our namesake, René Descartes, one of the greatest European scientific philosophers of the 17th Century, our company draws a distinct advantage in challenging the approach adopted by traditional insurers. Utilizing forward-looking models and real-time monitoring from satellite imagery, IoT and big data analytics, Descartes’ products help businesses bounce back faster. In collaboration with our partners, our parametric insurance products can serve clients across the globe, from mid-size tickets to EUR +100 million.
Due to rapid growth we are seeking to expand our Data Science team, either across our Underwriting or our R&D functions. At the core of our company’s strategy, your missions will focus on making direct contributions to the development of new climate models or forecasting tools.
If you join the underwriting team, your key missions will include:
If you join the R&D team, your key missions will include:
EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
Underwriting Data Scientist
R&D Data Scientist
Interested in weather and natural perils modelling (wildfires, hail, tsunamis, earthquakes etc)
Strong team spirit and ability to work under pressure
Highly motivated, able to meet deadlines set
Strong desire to learn and commitment to the organization’s mission
Results oriented, high energy, with the ability to work in a dynamic and multi-cultural environment
Motivated to help improving businesses’ and communities’ resilience to climate change
Eagerness to work in an international environment
WHY JOIN DESCARTES UNDERWRITING?
Opportunity to work and learn with top data scientists from the most prestigious schools and research labs in France, allowing you to progress towards technical excellence
Commitment from Descartes to its staff of continued learning and development (think annual seminars, training etc.)
Work in a collaborative & professional environment
Be part of an international team, passionate about diversity
Benefit from a referral scheme for successfully referring peers
Step 1: Call with our Talent Recruiter, Aicha
Step 2: Technical online test
Step 3: In-person interview with a Data Scientist
Step 4: In-person interview with Head of our R&D or Underwriting
Step 5: Final round interview with our CEO & Data science team (this stage is for full time roles only)