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Chief Life Underwriter (Operations and Risk Management Focus)

  • Location: Remote
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Questpro - Contingent
  • Job #19592

Chief Life Underwriter (Operations and Risk Management Focus)

We are excited to be working with an industry leader to help them identify their new Chief/Head Life Underwriter with a specific for on the (Operations and Risk Management) aspect of the business vs daily production. This is a newly created role to with the focus of creating more of a clear line between the traditional “production” side of the house and the “Operations” non-production side in the Life Underwriting department. This role will be focusing on non-production but still firmly implanted in Life Underwriting.

We are looking for experience in these areas in addition to a strong background in Life Underwriting: Life Underwriting Controls and Governance, Strategic Operations, Building Risk Management Frameworks and Guidelines, driving new programs like automation and fluidless, product development, reinsurance, performance metrics, KPI’s, reporting and collaboration with executive leaders in UW, Medical, Actuarial, Data Science, New Business, Sales and Service. Any experience with Foreign National is a plus. Experience with Financial Advisor distribution is a plus.

This is a strategic operations leadership role and will require significant team leadership experience as well as the ability to drive staff training and development programs designed to empower the underwriters, develop future leaders and improve the culture overall. This position will have 6-8 direct reports and is specific to the traditional Life Insurance industry, but does include a little DI and LTC.

Responsibilities include:
– Developing and implementing controls and governance features in Life UW
– Creating and implementing strategic frameworks and guidelines for Life UW
– Fostering and driving a service culture, being close to the field
– Driving staff development and training programs to empower the underwriter
– Driving programs related to innovation, modernization and automation for Life UW
– Oversight of all non-medical UW manuals
– Growing sales, improving customer experience and satisfaction
– Working closely with Legal and Compliance on Claims and Rescissions
– Working closely with Reinsurance partners
– Pushing the “fluidless” UW program to the next level
– Oversight of Risk Assessment and related strategies
– Working closely with Data Science and Actuarial
– Ongoing Process Improvement measures
– Developing succession plans and reporting to executives
– Working closely with ERM

Required Experience includes:     
– 15+ years in traditional Life Underwriting
– Deep understanding of all things Life Underwriting
– 5+ years experience in team management
– Proven knowledge of Risk Selection and related guidelines
– Proven ability to partner with Reinsurance
– Ability to collaborate with Sr leaders (Chief UW, Medical Dir, etc.)
– Experience with all types of distribution
– Strong partner to the field/agents/advisors
– Strategic thinker who can see the big picture
– Proven ability to help grow the business
– Strong experience implementing training and development programs
– Proven experience driving special projects and initiatives

This is a full-time, permanent and remote work from home position. Our client is offering a very competitive base salary, annual bonus, LTI, generous PTO, great work life balance and outstanding health and retirement benefits.

If you have the required experience as described above and would like to be considered for this opportunity, then please email your resume to Jason Keck:

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