Retail Pricing and Data Science at Hastings Direct

We’re the team that manages the market strategies to keep Hastings Direct’s pricing competitive and drive commercial performance. By predicting customer behaviour, driving the best market pricing and controlling the deployment of broker price changes, we aim to generate new business and retain existing customers. Speed and accuracy are essential, so we use the latest cutting-edge modelling techniques and analytical tools, such as Hadoop and Java.

With plenty of opportunities to develop your strengths and the flexibility to build a successful and rewarding career, you’ll never be bored here. We’re passionate about data - exploring it, developing models and using it to drive change and we look for people who share this enthusiasm. To succeed in our team, you’ll need strong coding skills and should be comfortable in a fast-paced organisation that’s constantly changing and innovating.

Our Retail Pricing and Data Science teams

Decision Science and Competitive Intelligence

Decision Science and Competitive Intelligence

Working closely with commercial and pricing teams, we develop predictive models and optimal decision algorithms to support pricing decisions and ultimately help to win, retain and engage customers.

Pricing. Car New Business.

Pricing (Car New Business)

As well as developing long-term pricing strategy and analytics methodologies for new business, we co-ordinate how they’re implemented to increase the value of the portfolio.

Pricing. Car Renewals.

Pricing (Car Renewals)

We shape our renewals pricing strategy and then test and implement new techniques and models on it to increase the value of our portfolios.

Pricing. Van, Bike and Smartmiles.

Pricing (Van, Bike and Smartmiles)

We develop pricing strategies for these products by testing price differentiation methods and seeing how customer profiles and products react.

Pricing Execution

Pricing Execution

We give the pricing function strategic support and guidance, while providing the wider business with market and competitor insight related to pricing execution.

Meet some of our Retail Pricing and Data Science team

Yiru Xiong
Junior Pricing Analyst

I had a friend who worked at Hastings Direct and she told me about the strong support network here. I also searched review websites and was impressed with the comments. When I came for the interview, the sea view was also an attraction. While I have been at Hastings Direct, I’ve had great support from my manager, who listens and offers great feedback. For an international student, it’s a welcoming environment and people are happy to answer any questions and share their knowledge and experience. I also enjoy the social aspect of the company’s culture and how it contributes to the local community.

Michael Hebdige
Junior Pricing Analyst

I’d heard about the friendly atmosphere at Hastings Direct and I really enjoy the supportive environment. In the short time I’ve been here I’ve met lots of people and made new friends. The way one department can integrate with another makes it an enjoyable place to work. Everyone’s always happy to help, even with the simplest question. I feel valued as an employee, because my personal development is seen as important. I’ve had great coaching to ensure I’m happy in my progression and been given opportunities to complete different tasks and increase my knowledge.

Chris Pearce
Head of Data Science

When I joined Hastings Direct in 2014, it offered a highly challenging analytical environment and the scope to grow and lead with a small retail pricing and analytics team. I get involved in a range of exciting projects involving sophisticated analytic data. There’s a very collaborative and supportive culture. This means you’re always learning and broadening your knowledge. I value the opportunities to use leading edge technology and grow within the role, as well as the flexible hours and the chance to manage my own schedule. But ultimately, it’s the people who make it a great place to work.

Where our Retail Pricing and Data Science teams are based

Not every one of our roles are available in all our Hastings Direct offices. Here are where you can find the roles you are interested in.