Vice President, Data Science Modeling

Job Description


Fannie Mae provides reliable, large-scale access to affordable mortgage credit in communities across our nation. We are the leading source of funding for housing in America, which means more people can buy or rent a home. We are focused on sustaining the housing recovery, improving our company, and leading change to make housing better.

Join our diverse, high-performing team and make a difference as we work together to enable access to a good home.

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Overview of Job / Management and Reporting Structure

Backed by vast amounts of data, Fannie Mae collaborates with lenders and industry innovators to expand credit access for millions of Americans. The Vice President, Data Science Modeling (“VP-DSM”), plays a key role in enabling the digital transformation of the enterprise and broader housing finance system by advanced modeling solutions to a variety of non-traditional applications to re-inventing business-as-usual practices, exploring model prototypes, identifying new data sources, and investing in our data science and quantitative analysts


The VP-DSM will partner closely with senior leaders across the organization to lead Fannie Mae’s continued transformation to become an innovative, data-driven organization. The incumbent applies analytical/empirical decision-making expertise while balancing between the role of strategist and change agent. The VP-DSM demonstrates a deep understanding of data science and proactively champions data as an asset and strategic driver of innovation and customer impact – ensuring the delivery of insight is consistent, reliable, and accessible. This person is a recognized thought leader in how organizations use data to maximize stakeholder outcomes and is deeply skilled in facilitating collaboration across leadership teams to assess organizational challenges and industry trends – leveraging data as the catalyst for insight and decision making.


The VP-DSM will report directly into the Senior Vice President & Chief Data, Modeling & Innovation Officer.

Key Job Functions & Duties

  • Enable the digital transformation of the enterprise to more efficiently and effectively deliver our core strategic objectives by system through applying advanced modeling solutions to a variety of non-traditional applications to re-inventing BAU practices, exploring model prototypes, identifying new data sources, and investing in our data science and quantitative analysts
  • Modeling Capabilities
    • Develop and deploy new modeling capabilities (NPL, OCR, text mining, operational optimization, RNN)
    • Build out predictive analytics center of excellence capabilities to enhance the delivery of model applications and support the integration of data and models into enterprise- and business-level use cases
    • Advance Machine learning - assessment, tuning, and use of modern methods within modeling frameworks and platforms for large and small, fast (<10 ms) and slow (~1s) data problems
    • Work closely with the heads of Finance, Risk, Technology, Operations and the Business lines to identify new or enhanced capabilities that will advance the firm’s strategic objectives
  • Modeling Prototypes
    • Design, develop, and launch efficient and reliable analytic solutions for longer-term integrations/scale
    • Evaluate the landscape of tools to enable rapid delivery of scalable solutions that unlock value across the organization and enhance existing capabilities
    • Work with business partners to identify opportunities to transform large volumes of data into AI-driven solutions using creative, cutting edge methodologies and tools.
    • Advance machine learning strategy and road map planning working across the modeling community
  • Modeling tool/product development
    • Lead the production of enterprise modeling applications to support risk measurement, financial valuation, and business performance
    • Enable the consistent deployment of innovative predictive tools and resources around data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning techniques
    • Ensure that data is accessible, available, accurate, timeline, and adaptable for business use
  • DS and Quant Training SME
    • DS and Quant Training SME courses to advance the predictive analytic skill sets
    • Develops communication and partnership-building campaigns to raise awareness of functional capabilities and ensure alignment with functional initiatives.  
    • Oversees the design and selection of training courses that develop core data science skillsets across Fannie Mae.
  • Manage Model Risk – Ensure model development and performance is aligned with materiality of use through well-defined development, validation, monitoring and maintenance of underwriting, fraud, marketing, and operations models.

  • 10-15 years of increasingly responsible modeling and strategy experience, with eight or more years of commercially-focused business experience at a senior leadership-level
  • Expertise in risk modeling, machine learning, data science, and competitive intelligence
  • Executive management and leadership skills to create a vision, mobilize and empower teams to achieve, and build and execute on any and all data functions
  • Track record of clear vision, execution focus, strong prioritization, and planning capabilities
  • Proven ability to assimilate quickly into new environments by absorbing information that creates a deep understanding of business process, strategic goals, and objectives
  • Relationship management skills to collaborate and partner with senior decision makers across the company
  • Experience in developing effective commercial business cases and program portfolio rationalization and prioritization
  • Outstanding ability to drive and implement change initiatives and execute organizational change management at the executive level
  • Strong track record of leading, coaching, developing and motivating multi-discipline and multi-cultural teams
  • Customer focus: Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions
  • Decision Quality: Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward
  • Cultivates Innovation: Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful
  • Strategic mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies
  • Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Communicates effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences
  • Drives engagement: Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objective
  • Drives vision and purpose: Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action
  • Ensures accountability: Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Drives results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances


As a condition of employment with Fannie Mae, any successful job applicant will be required to successfully complete a background investigation.

Fannie Mae is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Req ID: 57462