Bilingual Group Underwriter

Back to Career List

Date Posted: 8/3/2021

Reference No.: 2021-0247

Position Type Regular Full-Time

Group Underwriter


Scope Statement

The Group Underwriter provides consulting services to internal and external stakeholders and customers, and reviews and assesses the financial risk on group insurance requests for coverage in our core market of 2 – 99 lives. The Incumbent is guided by defined procedural constraints and works under the general supervision of the Manager, Group Underwriting.


Impact Statement

  • Assesses risk, determines suitability of product and services requested and provides solutions on a case by case basis for Requests to Quote, renewals and inforce amendment requests using defined underwriting guidelines and sound judgment and experience to support profitable growth objectives

  • Collaborate and consult with sales team and distribution partners, to resolve risk, product and service opportunities to support profitable growth


Responsibilities include

  • Assess the financial risk exposure for group insurance by determining suitability of the group, appropriate coverage levels and establishing rates

  • Use experience and judgment, in conjunction with Underwriting guidelines, product and services knowledge, and knowledge of government regulations, to determine optimal solutions to meet customer needs

  • Review annual renewals and inforce amendment requests to assess risk and  determine appropriate rate and plan adjustments 

  • Make decisions in a timely manner and communicate to the appropriate team members and internal and external stakeholders

  • Participate and/or provide input on projects


Knowledge / Experience / Certification

  • 3+ years work experience underwriting group business at a trainee level

  • Knowledge of group benefits products, contractual provisions, risk assessment and pricing methodologies

  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software

  • Knowledge of group insurance industry trends

  • Knowledge of the economic and regulatory environment

  • Proven ability to deliver customer focused solutions

  • Knowledge of employee benefit administration systems or CRM systems is an asset

  • Experience providing services to and interacting directly with sales team and distribution partners is an asset

  • Bilingualism (English/French) is required


Education / Professional Courses

  • Completion of a university degree with courses in science, economics or finance.

  • GBA Designation


Key Skills

  • Well-developed mathematical, analytical and problem resolution skills

  • Ability to be decisive and show consistently good judgment

  • Well-developed negotiation skills

  • Clear writing, listening and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and as a team member


Key Competencies

  • Collaboration

  • Customer Centric

  • Driving for Results

  • Initiative

  • Innovation

  • Integrity

  • Interpersonal Communication

  • Judgment and Decision Making

  • Leadership


Working Conditions

  • Office environment

  • Prolonged periods of concentration and attention to detail

  • Prolonged periods of sitting while using a computer and/or telephone

  • The incumbent may be required to work extended hours and/or overtime

  • Frequent interruptions



  • Management and employees on a local and national basis

  • Distribution Partners and Customers

In business for more than 90 years, with our head office in Kingston, Ontario, Empire Life continues to grow with offices across the country. Our success is based on a commitment to being approachable and responsive to the needs of our clients and distribution partners, on consistently solid investment performance and on faith in our employees as future leaders.

For regular full-time positions, Empire Life offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including a bonus plan and opportunities for career development.

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity and to build a career in an innovative and dynamic organization, submit your resume by clicking on Apply Now.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Empire Life is an equal opportunity employer.