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Assistant Vice President - Underwriting

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Unum Group

Portland, ME

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Assistant Vice President - Underwriting




Job #666621212

Job Posting End Date: 06/29

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 33 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 has significant US operations in Portland, Maine, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Glendale, California with 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:This is an officer level risk management position in Unum’s National Client Group which focuses on the large employer group and voluntary employee benefits market. This role operates as a key member of the underwriting leadership team that is collectively charged with achieving the business’ financial and strategic plans. The position also includes people management responsibilities leading a team of underwriting professionals and people managers with direct reports.What Do You Get?•Partner with one of the most talented teams of sales and service professionals in the industry who will constantly challenge you as they look to grow sales revenue and find creative solutions to issues our clients are facing. •Operate as a key member of a highly collaborative and inclusive management team to drive results and outcomes that are critical to the overall success of the company.•Own your personal and professional development as you will have the flexibility to drive and participate in initiatives that align with your skills and interests with sponsorship and support from the broad business leadership team.•Enjoy a flexible and dynamic work environment that offers work-life balance, generous paid time off and family leave programs and encourages personal growth and development.


Maximize underwriting’s talent through effective coaching, candid feedback, and facilitating opportunities for team members across the organization to grow professionally and personally both inside and outside the organization.

Collective ownership of overall financial results that requires effectively managing the attainment of short term goals while operating with a constant focus on achieving the organization’s broader and long-term objectives.

Operate with a high degree of autonomy making decisions with significant financial impact while owning the results that aggregate under your broad span of control.

Maximize outcomes for the organization by personally challenging the way business is done and proactively bringing solutions forward while fostering a work culture where change is embraced, diversity and diversity of thought is expected, and taking smart risks is encouraged.

Develop, drive, and own key strategic initiatives through the stages of design, implementation, and execution while constantly seeking feedback and measuring the value added to the business.

Required Skill Set

Bachelor’s degree and 5 to 10 years of insurance, risk management, or related experience with demonstrated increasing responsibility over that time and a strong preference for those that have people management experience.

Strategic and critical thinker with a demonstrated ability to utilize data and analysis to not only make effective day to day business decisions but also to recognize trends and set direction for the organization. Must have a high degree of comfort operating with ambiguity when making these decisions.

Ability to quickly build and maintain strong balanced partnerships with key stakeholders with whom the strength of the relationship will be key to success.

Highly proficient communicator who can easily flex their style to a wide variety of audiences to most effectively deliver messages, position decisions, influence appropriately, and negotiate positive business outcomes.

Demonstrated strong organizational and time management skills that allow one to juggle multiple priorities and quickly pivot as business needs rapidly change while always delivering results.



Unum and its family of businesses offer world-class training and development, generous compensation and benefits packages, and a culture built on employee ideas.

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.



A Fortune 500 company, Unum’s family of 10,000 employees spans three countries and dozens of office locations. Our employees focus each day on delivering financial protection benefits to millions of workers and their families when they need it most.

The Unum enterprise includes Unum in the U.S. and U.K., Colonial Life and Starmount Life Insurance – each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.

Updated 05/15/2018

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Since our founding in 1848, Unum has been known for breaking new ground in the business of benefits. Integrity, determination, innovation and leadership were at the core of our company 165 years ago, and they are just as relevant to our business today.

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