Case Study

Head of Decision Science

Mana Search was retained on a 3-month subscription by a young but rapidly growing distressed asset investment group, who were looking to build out their data & analytics team to support a significant period of growth. They required 3 senior analysts and most crucially a Head of Decision Science to head up the team.

Industry Sector: Industry Sector: Financial Services – Distressed Asset Investment

Number of Employees: 3000

Acquired from: Blenheim Chalcot Venture Capital & Private Equity

Key deliverables for the Head of Decision Science included; Own the decision science strategy and roadmap, building the capability to make a difference across the business; Monitor scorecard performance, making recommendations on scorecard refresh and redevelopment programs; Work closely with the Risk Team across a variety of activities – from setting strategy to building and optimising models.


From the initial meeting discussing the clients requirements, an agreed timescale was defined in conjunction with the CEO, a Head of Decision Science would be hired as a priority with a full map of the market provided with over 25 individuals contacted, from this a suitable shortlist was presented with 3 available candidates with a range of expertise ranging between 7-12 years having the expertise and knowledge of building and leading a Decision Science function within financial services. In conjunction with this – the other 3 analyst roles were also worked across our Financial Services team – a shortlist of 5 candidates for each role was presented – a quantitative analyst/data scientist proficient in R, a senior strategic risk analyst to step into a managerial role within 18 months, and a Senior Credit Risk modeller in SAS/Python.


The client appointed all 4 positions within 12 weeks of briefing Mana Search, the Head of Decision Science immediately led the onboarding of the other hires – with the strategic analyst now a leading manager in the business. The client continued to grow significantly and led to them being acquired by the industry leader in 2019.