Magellan Homeloans has nearly trebled its underwriting team in the last few months.
Its newly enlarged team is now in place and is split over two sites: the Surrey headquarters and a new office in Birmingham.
Simon Read, managing director at Magellan Homeloans, said: “Finding the right calibre of underwriters is fundamental to our business and has not been easy. Because we provide a bespoke, manual underwriting service to our brokers, networks, packagers and their customers, we needed to find underwriters with the skills and experience not only to work through each case manually and come out with the right decision, but also possess the softer people skills to work closely with our intermediaries.
“We just couldn’t find the people we needed locally so quickly realised we needed to do something different to widen our search. Our research highlighted a rich vein of experience in the Midlands, so to ensure we got the people we wanted, we opened an office in Birmingham to accommodate them. It’s fair to say it’s been an absolute success. Despite the challenges of having a business across two sites, the teams are working together seamlessly.
“True credit underwriting is becoming a lost art. We must have received over 200 applicants and interviewed around 50 but far too many only had experience of using credit scoring and automated processes. Many lacked the knowledge or skills to provide the service we want to deliver our intermediaries at Magellan.
“Our underwriters take ownership for their cases, discussing them directly with the intermediary, as well as assessing the credit risk – it’s all part of the personal service we want to provide.”