Commercial Underwriter

Location Durham Hybrid or Remote
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full time

We’re Atom…

The bank that’s leading the fintech charge.

We’re not like the rest. We’re true innovators, and we’re redefining what a bank should be. Ours is a bank for today and the future, a mobile-first bank. Forget the stuffy branches, with Atom you can bank whenever, wherever, faster and simpler.

Could you be the next innovator to join us?

What’s it all about?

Atom is a digital bank, on a journey to have a decision engine led, automation focused underwriting function across all types of lending. We’re there for Retail lending and on our way for Commercial. We’re currently focussed on lending via mortgage/commercial finance brokers but seeking to expand our lending distribution direct to customers.

The Underwriting team assesses residential mortgage and business banking secured loan applications, ensuring we are approving lending that sits within our policy guidelines and risk appetite, all the while offering open communication with our brokers/customers to provide the smoothest customer journey possible.

Underwriters work as part of the Underwriting team and whilst most will specialise and focus on either residential mortgage or commercial lending , some will support lending activity across all areas (including but not limited to residential mortgages, portfolio buy to lets, commercial property investment and trading business lending). Our current vacancy requires someone with a strong background in business lending – either as an underwriter or credit manager, or as a relationship manager/director for commercial loans.

The role holder will be responsible for reviewing and underwriting new lending applications, further advances and loan modifications, as well as dealing with business notifications and account reviews, in line with Atom lending criteria, procedures and controls, delivering balanced lending decisions in line with your mandated authority.

In line with development as an Underwriter within Atom bank, a lending mandate can progress to cover all types of lending (aligned to business need), and so a desire to keep learning is really important.

At Atom, we’re here to change the future of banking for good so we’ll also depend on you to identify ways we can improve our processes, enhance automation (especially in decisioning), maximise broker and customer experience, improve controls and increase output.

What will your ‘typical’ day look like…. (there’s no 2 days the same in Atom):

As a Commercial Lending Underwriter, your responsibilities will include;

  • Underwriting business lending applications, further advances and loan modifications in line with Atom’s lending policy, ensuring the principles of conduct risk, responsible lending and all relevant regulatory principles (e.g. MCOB, KYB, KYC, AML) are observed, detailed loan serviceability assessments are complete and the principles of credit assessment are applied
  • Operating within own personal lending mandate(s) and refer over mandate cases to appropriate mandate holders, or present to Credit Committee as required
  • Ensuring all correspondence, including identification, financial accounts, ALIE documents, references and valuations, are in line with lending policy and provide enough evidence to satisfy KYC, KYB and AML requirements
  • Ensuring all applications are complete, with accurate data input to ensure that manual/automated decisioning and record keeping is correct
  • Reviewing and interpreting valuation reports and effectively raise and deal with post valuation queries
  • Managing own caseload, handle underwriting queries and resolve issues on individual cases ensuring effective and timely processing
  • Acting fairly, reasonably and with integrity in all dealings with customers, intermediaries, valuers and related 3rd parties
  • Communicate positively, proactively and effectively with customers, intermediaries and related 3rd parties to gather information to make appropriate decisions, explain rationale behind lending decisions and ensure that productive working relationships are maintained.

What do we need from you?

  • Considerable experience in business lending
  • Held a business lending mandate with delegated authority to approve outside lending policy applications
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong and consistent track record of adherence to quality metrics in current role
  • Demonstrate a full understanding of the principles of Responsible Lending and Conduct Risk
  • Has a detailed understanding of KYB, KYC, AML and compliance related rules and regulations, commercial fraud and the measures/systems in place to avoid
  • Holds a good understanding of the intermediated lending market
  • Is familiar with commercial and consumer credit bureau data and its interpretation
  • Is familiar with, and able to apply, relevant lending law and practice
  • Demonstrates strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Is a go-getter - proactive, hardworking, flexible and able to work under own initiative
  • Experience working in a dynamic, fast paced and customer centric environment

What would we ideally like from you?

  • Prior experience/knowledge of underwriting unsecured lending
  • Prior experience/knowledge of residential mortgage underwriting
  • Flexible and agile with ability to multitask
  • Higher education qualifications
  • Appropriate professional qualifications

What you’ll get from us:

  • Flexible & hybrid working
  • 4 day working week
  • Annual Share Option – performance related
  • Incredibly generous Company pension scheme, candidate contributes (maximum of 13% of Atom input – candidate can put in more)
  • ‘All About Me’ fund - £200 per year to spend on personal development
  • 25 days holiday + 8 statutory days - rising by half a day with every year in the company
  • Private Medical Insurance for you and full family
  • Health Cash Plan – expenses paid on Optical/Dental/other appointments/treatments
  • Life Insurance – 4 times annual salary
  • Critical illness cover – 1 x lump sum annual salary
  • Cycle to work Scheme
  • Continuous development – professional qualifications.

PLEASE NOTE: You must have the legal right to work in the UK to apply for this role as Atom is unable to support Visa Applications/Sponsorship

Atom is an equal opportunities employer.We value you as an individual and therefore disregard race, religion/belief, gender, sexual orientation, maternity/pregnancy, age, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership and disability in any hiring decisions we make. Atom will always adhere to the Equality Act 2010.

All roles within Atom must adhere to the Conduct Rules as set out by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)