Underwriting Trainee Job at Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company – 3.0 in Philadelphia, PA

Job Information

Entry level Underwriter with less than one year of related experience; underwrites group insurance applications, within strict guidelines set for the issuance of policies on a standard or substandard basis. Exercises judgment based on the evaluation of collected case data for the acceptance, modification, or rejection of group underwriting requests and reviews decision and rationale with supervisor or higher-level underwriter. Develops a positive relationship with sales partners in the field. Actively strives to acquire group insurance knowledge and develop those analytical skills necessary to foster sound underwriting decisions.

Risk Assessment

Analyze information in request for proposal (RFP) to establish a clear understanding of the plan design.

Extrapolate differences from average norms in actuarial manual to specific factors in the RFP (e.g. demographics, industry, occupations) to identify the degree of risk.

Contact internal partners (sales, actuaries, claims) to obtain further information as required.

Address “concerns” raised by underwriting software to facilitate an online quote (accept, decline, modify quote).

Gain a solid understanding of common risk factors and options for mitigating those factors.

May assist in gathering and evaluating data on more complex cases or block of business.


Following acceptance of a quote, compare metrics of case in question to plan metrics (Build to Manual or Build to Formula for STD).

Gain solid understanding of profitability trends for certain products.

Determine appropriate balance between sales and profitability and create a proposal for sales partners to present.

Workflow and Documentation

Become a competent user of the claims system; navigate life cycles, research, manage queues and document decisions and rationale.

Become familiar with resources available to research policy holder, plan information, actuarial manual, etc.

Maintain accurate and adequate file documentation of all underwriting decisions, forms, or correspondence as determined by Company policy or supervisory discretion.

Update renewal inventory database.

Become familiar with Premium Billing System, DataMart, FileNet(Imaging), Varicent and other data processing systems as required.


Less than 300 lives

Routine manual rated quotes; STD experience rated quotes

Discounting Authority limit: 20% manual; 0% experience

Premium Authority limits: $75,000 single line; $150,000 multi-line

Plan design limit: smaller, simplistic designs

Level of supervision: Closely supervised, receives instruction & direction

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Related Experience

Bachelors degree in a related field.

Working knowledge of group insurance products preferred.

State insurance license preferred.

Effective verbal and written communication skills.

Strong mathematical skills and analytical skills.

Excellent organizational skills with the ability to perform detailed and diversified duties including prioritization of high volume/deadline workload.

High level of customer service orientation.

Ability to research and solve problems with supervision.

Proficient computer skills required, including, Word, Excel, Windows, and e-mail.

Ability to Travel: Up to 10%

Reliance Standard Insurance Company is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable federal state or local laws.

About the Company

Company: Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company – 3.0

Company Location:  Philadelphia, PA

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About Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company - 3.0