Manager/Senior Manager, Data Science

Manager/Senior Manager, Data Science

Headquartered in Boston, Forward Financing has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Boston Business Journal and Built In Boston and is certified as a Great Place to Work.® At Forward, we believe every business deserves financial opportunity. That’s why we provide fast, flexible capital to small businesses that have often been underserved by traditional financing options. Our mission is to build a world-class fintech company so our customers and people can reach their full potential. We’re investing in our employees, technology, and customer experience – with long-term success in mind every step of the way.

As Manager/Senior Manager, Data Science, you will lead the execution of building and deploying our predictive models. This is an exciting opportunity to get on the ground floor of a team at a growing company, and to guide the direction of how we build our data science capabilities. The ideal candidate has past technical experience building, deploying and monitoring credit risk predictive models, and can provide a vision of the tools and processes we should use in every stage of the modeling process. You will be joining our Analytics department, and report to the Director of Analytics and Data Science.

We have a modern analytics stack (Snowflake+Fivetran+DBT) that our Analytics Engineering and Business Intelligence teams use to centralize, clean, transform and model all of our data. We have access to many third-party datasets, in addition to our internal proprietary data. You will collaborate closely with the Analytics team to build datasets that will be used by data scientists to build models. You will also collaborate closely with our Technology team to deploy models into our applications. Our company is putting a lot of resources into automating our business, and you will play a key role in helping drive this initiative forward.

In this role you will:

  • Identify, evaluate, and implement data science tools and processes
  • Hire and manage data scientists
  • Collaborate with data scientists, analytics engineering and technology to build and deploy predictive models
  • Monitor and tune existing models
  • Collaborate with leadership to identify predictive model use cases


(Even if you don’t check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply.)

  • 7+ years of technical data science experience
  • Experience creating credit risk predictive models
  • Experience working with lending related datasets including: credit bureau, public records and transaction level bank statement data
  • Proficient in SQL
  • Proficient in a scripting language, such as Python or R
  • Strong project management and communication skills


  • Experience as a people manager
  • Experience with Snowflake, Databricks, Tableau and DataRobot

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Forward Financing Core Values:

  • Drive the Mission - We believe in financial opportunity for underserved small businesses. We say “yes” when others say “no.”
  • Keep It Real - We value direct communication, candid feedback, and authenticity. We are an open book.
  • Act With Kindness - We create an environment where caring is cool and helping is the norm. We do the right thing.
  • Shoot for Extraordinary - We are inspired by innovative thinking and continuous improvement. We never settle for yesterday’s best.

About Us:

Forward Financing is a fintech company headquartered in Boston that provides fast, flexible, and reliable capital to small businesses nationwide. Since 2012, Forward has provided over $1.8 billion in financing to more than 42,000 small businesses. Forward has been consistently named by the Boston Business Journal and Built In Boston (and more!) as one of the best places to work in Massachusetts.

Forward actively promotes a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all we do. We encourage a workplace where trust and respect are paramount and all employees feel valued, heard, and accepted. By accepting diversity of thought, background, and identity, we will continue to become a stronger team and a better organization.

Our diverse and driven group of over 500 people, with more than 250 based in the U.S., and 250 internationally, is a 100% employee-owned company. Our employees come to work (or log on virtually!) knowing they are helping thousands of small businesses while advancing their own careers. If this sounds exciting to you, learn more about our leadership team and our open opportunities.

Perks & Benefits:

At Forward, our team members are at the heart of our company, and we are committed to taking care of them as people, not just employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, and commuter benefits, a flexible time-off policy, 401k match, wellness reimbursement, paid volunteering days, annual professional development budget, and charitable donation match.

The health and safety of our colleagues is our top priority, which is why we will continue to follow the latest CDC guidelines on COVID-19 in our office. We have also implemented an Employee Choice policy, so that team members can work where they feel most comfortable.

At Forward, employee choice means each individual gets to decide where they work. Almost all team members have the choice of where to live and where to work. As a business, we are focused on impact; we are more concerned with your contributions to the success of the company than where you get your work done. If face-to-face time is desired, people managers are empowered to find a cadence that works for their team.

When we aren’t collaborating to drive business and support our customers, we’re finding virtual and in-person ways to get to know our colleagues, celebrate team wins, and have fun together!

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