Lead Underwriter

Our next Underwriter will play a ‘hands-on’ integral role in the creation and build out of a world class loan manufacturing process.  In addition to overseeing the day-to-day underwriting function, the Underwriting Lead will partner will our technology product and engineering teams to design tactical and strategic tools that will allow future underwriting staff to be exceptionally efficient, accurate and able to more effectively match a borrower’s financial profile to the loan products that are best suited to their needs and financial health.  Our Underwriting Lead will also be involved in testing our new products, providing feedback and fueling our ability to quickly learn so our lending platform can mature and fundamentally change the way loans are originated and processed.

Clara is a modern, proven, technology-enabled lender backed by top venture capital firms. Based in Downtown San Francisco, we’re a diverse team of professionals with backgrounds that bring together the best of Silicon Valley tech, financial services, the mortgage industry and the federal government - a rare combination that uniquely positions us to solve the biggest problem in consumer finance.

What You'll Do

  • Underwrite loans to investor and regulatory guidelines: review credit, capacity, product and borrower eligibility, and collateral
  • Monitor and improve Process Flow and Efficiency Planning with Excel and Reporting Skills
  • Monitor underwriting production and turn times
  • Develop partnership/working relationship with all functional areas
  • Partner with Operations and Sales to ensure superior customer service
  • Manage and load balance the pipeline of all loans to be underwritten.
  • Review new loan files to ensure loan meets investor and program criteria.
  • Maintain current and fluid knowledge of investor and agency guidelines.
  • Help establish and enforce company credit policies and lending guidelines
  • Analyze loan files for accuracy and fraud; create conditions and clear them in a timely manner
  • Drive adherence to process and procedures
  • Ensure procedures reflect current processes, guidelines
  • Communicate business requirements to an engineering team then help realize them through implementation, testing, and rollout
  • Continuous improve our processes, procedures and documentation with data-driven improvements
  • Serve as a subject matter expert to inform our product and engineering teams by answering questions, helping build requirement documentation and run learning sessions on various topics
  • Test new product features as they are developed in house, capturing issues/feedback; working with engineering team to resolve

About You

  • 7+ years recent experience underwriting for multiple investors, conventional agency, government, and jumbo products
  • Current lending authority up to  $2.5M
  • Solid knowledge of QM/ATR required
  • Have a solid grasp of DU and LP automated underwriting systems
  • Structured, analytical thinker
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Data-driven mindset
  • Not afraid of rolling up your sleeves and helping execute outside your day-to-day loan pipeline
  • Excited by the idea of re-thinking the underwriting process and you are bursting with ideas on how to make it better
  • Bonus: Experience underwriting, non-QM, FHA and/or VA loans and have associated DE and/or SAR certifications, and have trained others to obtain their FHA and SAR certifications
  • Preferred: San Francisco based  


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