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Senior Actuary (modelling team)

Employer
Canada Life Limited
Location
Potters Bar, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Aug 1, 2024

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Job Function
Accounting/Audit/Tax
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors
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.

Part of our parent company Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life UK has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.

Canada Life UK is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuities propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers.

Job Purpose
To support the delivery of a comprehensive, accurate and timely actuarial modelling production service across CLUK in respect of both the Insurance and Wealth Management business units across a portfolio including Individual and bulk purchase annuities, Protection, Equity Release Mortgage, Bond, SIPP, ISA and GIA products to meet all statutory and regulatory needs.

The role holder will provide effective management of a number of actuarial trainees and analysts within the actuarial modelling team, with a focus on the development and motivation of the team in order to optimise overall team performance.

This actuarial modelling production service includes the valuation of policy liabilities, cash flow matching for ALM purposes, modelled asset valuations and the calculation of regulatory capital requirements in respect of both UK and Canadian reporting regimes under both "base" and "stress" conditions.

Key Accountabilities
• Support the delivery of a comprehensive, accurate and timely actuarial modelling production service across CLUK in respect of both the Insurance and Wealth Management business units across a portfolio including Individual and bulk purchase annuities, Protection, Equity Release Mortgage, Bond, SIPP , ISA and GIA products to meet all statutory and regulatory needs.
• Contribute to the production and validation of actuarial data across CLUK in respect of the valuation of actuarial policy liabilities, cash flow matching for ALM purposes, modelled asset valuations and the calculation of regulatory capital requirements in respect of both UK and Canadian reporting regimes under both "base" and "stress" conditions on a quarterly basis.
• This includes updates to assumptions, market and customer data and data validation, model point creation, liabilities and assets value calculations, projections of assets and liabilities to also enable completion of numerous reporting templates and analyses including Profit & Loss attribution and other sensitivities, and testing updates to inputs, processes and systems.
• Provide effective management of a small team of actuarial trainees and analysts. Manage, develop and motivate the team in order to optimise the performance of the team.
• Provide direction and guidance to the more junior staff to ensure all tasks are understood and appropriate processes and guidelines are followed.
• Provide training and develop the skills and knowledge of the team (including providing opportunities for obtaining CPD) so that they have the expertise to achieve the business requirements.
• Plan the work of the team to deliver timely results in a highly controlled, compliant regulatory environment taking account of both regular scheduled activities and adhoc business and key stakeholder requirements.
• Responsible for the modelling and validation of actuarial data across CLUK in respect of the valuation of actuarial policy liabilities, cash flow matching for ALM purposes, modelled asset valuations and the calculation of regulatory capital requirements in respect of both UK and Canadian reporting regimes under both "base" and "stress" conditions to meet additional annual reporting requirements.
• This includes updates to assumptions, market and customer data, data validation, model point creation, liabilities and assets value calculations, projections of assets and liabilities. Enabling the completion of additional reporting templates and sensitivity analyses across all bases and to support the annual ORSA (Own Regulatory and Solvency Assessment), annual basis reviews as well as other modelling runs required on an adhoc basis to support projects and key stakeholder needs.
• Proactively seek opportunities for process development and improvement, and implementation of model changes.
• Manage a strong control environment across the modelling process which is supported by appropriate key risk indicators; recommend and implement improvements to quality and speed across the end to end modelling process
• Maintain up to date process and control documentation and operate other controls required to mitigate risks within appetite in the process.
• Ensure end user applications used in the relevant actuarial modelling processes are controlled according to Canada Life's policy on end user computing

Desired Knowledge / Experience / Skills
Technical Expertise
• Good knowledge of prophet and other actuarial models and their commercial application/implication.
• Advanced MS excel skills demonstrating efficient use of spreadsheets and basic data manipulation skills
• Validating the work of non-qualified and other recently qualified actuaries

Communication:
• Excellent analytical and report writing/drafting skills
• Can explain complexities in a straightforward and accurate way to audiences of differing levels of understanding, with some coaching or support from senior managers.
• Proven communication, influencing and negotiation skills whereby they can adapt their message to the audience, demonstrating their ability to share knowledge with the business in a format that is easily understood, balancing the need for required detail where this is necessary and higher level information.

Relationship Building:
• The ability to develop and maintain strong relationships across the actuarial function, acting with integrity and role modelling the company values at all times, in order to support the organisation in achieving its goals and mitigating the organisations' exposure to risk.
• Being able to flex their style and approach to different individuals, with occasional support, in order to achieve a successful outcome.

Leadership:
• Willing and capable of taking decisions independently in order to progress issues, and able to exercise sound judgement and commercial sense to understand the importance of different issues and assess when matters need to be escalated.
• Track record of leading small teams, with the ability to manage, develop and motivate a team of technical actuarial staff.
• Able to effectively plan, organise and execute their own work (and the work of others) with minimal supervision, using their sound judgement to spot conflicting priorities and readjust their workload accordingly, with escalation to management only when appropriate.
• Identify opportunities for improving processes and propositions and competently analyse and communicate these to line management

Developing Self:
• An interested and inquisitive individual who is committed to their own ongoing professional and personal development.
• Strong commercial awareness and understanding of the needs of the business. Will be able to apply technical actuarial techniques and understand business/commercial implications.

Qualifications
• Fellow of Institute of Actuaries (or equivalent).

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 you.

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