Manager - Underwriting - Major Groups - Group and Business Insurance



Manager - Underwriting - Major Groups - Group and Business Insurance

Reference: R2214610

Duration: Full time

Work Location: Toronto or Vancouver, depending on the applicant selected

Unposting Date: 2022-07-7


At Desjardins, we believe in equity, diversity and inclusion. We're committed to welcoming, respecting and valuing people for who they are as individuals, learning from their differences, embracing their uniqueness, and providing a positive workplace for all. At Desjardins, we have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. We believe our teams should reflect the diversity of the members, clients and communities we serve.


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As the Manager - Underwriting - Major Groups - Group and Business Insurance you will be responsible for the operational activities of a team of group insurance underwriters. You will provide technical underwriting and actuarial expertise and advice to the team during the execution of projects and mandates as assigned.


General Information on the Position

As a manager at Desjardins Group you will emulate the following skills: Desjardins Group leadership , strategic leadership , results-based leadership , relational leadership, and HR and value-based leadership.


The successful candidate must possess the following:

  • In-depth knowledge regarding underwriting and actuarial relative to the business sector, including best practices and standard practices within the sector
  • Tact in dealing with others, adapt your approach based on the stakeholders involved, support teamwork and cohesion between teams


Main responsibilities

  • Provide technical and strategic mentoring to underwriters in the team to develop their expertise and ensure they apply the appropriate ratemaking standards
  • Be responsible for group underwriting tasks (quotes, renewals, financial agreements) for a portfolio of major groups, in the over 50 lives market in mostly Ontario and Western province
  • Develop, implement and track the teams action plan in alignment with the organization's strategic objectives
  • Promote and encourage change management, talent attraction & retention, skills development, mobilization, and diversity, consistent with the organization's values
  • Assist in the development of strategies related to the Underwriting teams service offer across the country and ensure entrusted projects are carried out so as to maximize targeted business results (growth, retention, profitability, operating costs) and ensure client satisfaction
  • Support the administrative unit's business plan by successfully managing individual and team performance
  • Continuously improve the management of entrusted processes
  • Promote the cooperative values of Desjardins Group
  • Represent the organization, participate in industry initiative forum to maintain relevant expertise.



  • Bachelor's degree in actuarial sciences or in a related field
  • A minimum of 9 years of relevant experience, including 2 years in management
  • Please note that other combinations of qualifications and relevant experience may be considered.
  • The Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and Fellow, Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA) designation (major asset)


Specific knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge of the group benefits insurance market
  • Proficient speaker, advanced knowledge of French (an asset)
  • Proficient speaker, advanced knowledge of English


Desjardins Cross-sector skills

  • Action oriented, Customer Focus, Differences, Engagement, Nimble learning


Key competencies for the job

  • Decision quality, Develops talent, Drive results, Engagement, Teams


Other working conditions

Workplace: Position located in Toronto or Vancouver, depending on the applicant selected. The work arrangement for the position is hybrid work #LI-Hybrid


Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada, and one of the largest employers in the country. It offers a full range of financial products and services and is home to a wealth of expertise in property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, wealth management, services for businesses of all sizes, securities brokerage, asset management, venture capital, and secure, leading-edge virtual access methods.


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