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Underwriting Assistant

Company: UNUM Group
Location: Baton Rouge
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

Job Posting End Date: June 04

Unum is a company of people serving people. As one of the world's leading employee benefits providers and a Fortune 500 company, Unum's financial protection benefits help protect more than 36 million working people and their families from the financial impact of illness or injury. Unum's three distinct, but similarly focused US businesses - Unum US, Colonial Life, and Starmount Life - are each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Unum also has significant US operations in Portland, Maine, - and over 35 field offices nationwide. Colonial Life is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina with over 40 field offices nationwide. Starmount Life is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is the dental and vision center of excellence for Unum in the US.

General Summary:

The Underwriting Assistant assists in the attainment of the organization's membership and earnings goals by evaluating the risk potential of prospective clients and determining the appropriate rate and benefit levels. This position will have a particular focus on the pricing of our dental and vision products.


  • Gathers and assesses background information to determine risk potential and to develop required rate actions on new business for small groups
  • Develops proposal benefits and rates for prospective accounts by analyzing complex data including: historical claims experience, identifying adverse or favorable trends, project future costs, design benefit alternatives to reduce potential adverse selection and utilization abuse, validate demographics and prepare competitive comparisons
  • Provides written responses as part of the process for completing formal Request for Proposals (RFP)
  • Collaborates proactively with the Sales organization to facilitate new business development and retention of existing accounts
  • Approves new business exception requests for small groups, quoted by departments outside of underwriting.
  • Provides supporting documentation to sales/marketing to assist them with benefit and rate presentations
  • Participate in conference calls with sales, account management, and/or marketing employees.
  • Assists sales/marketing by participating in conference calls with consultants, brokers, and clients
  • Assists in reviewing Certificates, Policies and Group Approval Sheets for sold cases
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Assessment skills necessary to interpret diverse data
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Works collaboratively within work groups to accomplish departmental and organizational goals
  • Expresses ideas clearly in both written and verbal communications
  • Intermediate to Advanced proficiency in MS Excel

Education & Experience Requirement:

  • Bachelor's in Mathematics, Insurance and Risk Mgmt, Accounting, Business or related field preferred, or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 0-2 years prior group underwriting experience

Our company is built on helping individuals and families, and this starts with our employees. We want employees to maintain a positive balance, which is why we provide access to the benefits and resources they need to invest in themselves. From our onsite fitness facilities and generous paid time off to employee professional development programs, we are committed to helping employees live and work their best - both inside and outside the office.

Unum is an equal opportunity employer, considering all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.


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Keywords: UNUM Group, Baton Rouge , Underwriting Assistant, Other , Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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