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Longevity and Catastrophe Actuary

Canada Life Limited
Potters Bar, United Kingdom
Closing date
Jun 8, 2023

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Canada Life UK looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation.

At Canada Life, we share one common purpose - to help build better futures for our customers and each other. That's why we invest in the development of our people, technology and workplaces.

We have over 1,550 colleagues working together across 5 locations - including those working virtually. Potters Bar, our largest site, has over 600 colleagues. We also have teams based in Bristol, Isle of Man and Central London.
Job Purpose
We are recruiting a Modelling Actuary, to support the future growth of the Longevity and Catastrophe team within the Finance function, so it can be a trusted and partner that supports the business to make good financial decisions, by delivering excellent support, expertise and high-quality Management Information.

This role will be within the Longevity and Catastrophe team, to primarily support the analysis of catastrophe mortality risk, mainly in the context of modelling the capital requirements relating to this risk, but also to assist the wider work of the team in understanding and modelling mortality/longevity outcomes more broadly.

Key Accountabilities
We are looking for someone to join our Longevity and Catastrophe team with a view to developing into our key catastrophe modeller. This role exists to help understand how to optimise our management of this risk and to understand the implications of the latest research in this field for Canada Life. Catastrophe risk is important for our group protection business, where we are the leading provider in the UK market.

Ownership of the catastrophe risk model
• Leading development / understanding of the catastrophe partial internal model
• Coordinating and reviewing the annual recalibration of the model
• Completing the annual line one validation of the model
• Taking ownership of the full suite of model documentation, reviewing and developing this on an ongoing basis
• Taking responsibility for the upkeep and improvement of the various spreadsheets, models and processes that constitute the CAT risk model
• Communicate the results appropriately so that key stakeholders have sufficient confidence and understanding of the model to make decisions based on it.
• Use the risk model and any other appropriate analyses to help the business deal with the consequences of any emerging catastrophe events.

Provide support to other areas if the business on catastrophe modelling and related risk management
• Supporting CLL and wider group risk teams (Europe, Canada) in catastrophe related analysis (ORSA/risk appetitive/reverse stress testing)
• Supporting Corporate Actuarial in the production of capital reporting
• Advise Protection Pricing / Underwriting on concentration of risk & event limit referrals.
• Support ad-hoc modelling of financial risks in other areas of the business.

Responsible for managing the governance framework around the model
• Ensuring compliance of the CAT risk model with internal model governance (change control, documentation standards etc.), and maintenance of the various logs (expert judgements, limitations etc.)
• Collating evidence of use of the CAT model, engaging with users and incorporating feedback into model development plans
• Attend the Concentration of Risk Forum, providing specialist input on CAT matters

General responsibilities
• Ensure familiarity with risk management programs, as they impact this role, and follow appropriate risk management procedures to control, monitor and report on business activities
• Ensure compliance with Company policies, regulatory, professional & legal requirements
• Ensuring continuous review and improvement of the relevant processes
• Fostering good risk culture and awareness within the wider team

Desired Knowledge / Experience / Skills
  • Qualified Actuary with technical longevity/mortality knowledge and experience or a demonstrable interest to work in this field together with the ability to pick up new technical material quickly
  • Strong written communication tailored for a wide range of audiences
  • Effective communication with senior stakeholders
  • Good project and workflow management
  • Understanding and ability to implement/maintain an actuarial control framework and meet governance requirements
  • Ability to develop a network within CLL and with those working in the longevity/mortality field elsewhere
  • Knowledge of Solvency II internal model requirements a plus
  • Experience of statistical modelling a plus
Benefits of working at Canada Life
We believe in recognising and rewarding our people, so we offer a competitive salary and benefits package that's regularly reviewed. As a Canada Life UK colleague, you'll receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including a generous pension and bonus scheme, along with, income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance. We have a fantastic number of other benefits and support services as well as regular personal and professional development.

How we work at Canada Life
Our culture is unique and incredibly important to us. We care about doing the right thing for our people, customers and community and helping others to build better futures. Our blueprint behaviours shape and influence how we work, and are central to the relationships we have with others. Every day we are encouraged to be more curious, own the outcome, face into things together and find a way forward.

We want colleagues to have rewarding careers with us so we invest in the development of our people, technology and workplaces. That's why we offer a range of training, flexible working and opportunities to grow and develop.

Diversity and inclusion
Building an inclusive workplace with a diverse workforce where everyone can feel they belong and achieve their potential regardless of gender, ethnicity or any other characteristic is a key commitment for us. We are proud of the progress we're making in DEI, and we continue for it to be a significant focus.

"At Canada Life we believe in the power of great people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives coming together to build better futures. Emerging talent is crucial to our growth and creating an environment that continues to inspire us all." Nick Harding, Chief People Officer, Canada Life UK

We appreciate that everyone has different work and life responsibilities. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements, including part time, for any of our roles should this be a requirement for.

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