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Guardian Life Manager, Underwriting in Boston, Massachusetts

The Manager, Underwriting is accountable for leading a team of skilled underwriters in Guardian’s 1000+ segment. This role reports to the Leader, Underwriting and will support Guardian’s overall growth and profitability goals by driving high levels of performance through coaching, motivating, and ensuring the technical skill development of team members. Additionally, this role will be responsible for the underwriting of complex, high profile cases (prospective or inforce), demonstrating a mastery of advanced risk evaluation concepts and appropriate pricing practices.

You will:

  • Support leadership of the 1000+ underwriting team, including managing workflow, case assignments and staffing.

  • Meet or exceed sales goals at profitable pricing levels and meet or exceed renewal rate and persistency targets against profitability measures.

  • Independently evaluate the application of Underwriting judgment, pricing decisions, and pricing strategy.

  • Oversee the underwriting skill growth of the team, ensuring each team member has a solid technical underwriting foundation. Additionally, you will ensure that each team member (both direct and non-direct reports) has a strong development plan, that progress towards development objectives are on track, and that we are meeting succession planning needs.

  • Develop and support a culture of high performance and talent excellence, through effective recruiting, training, coaching, motivating and developing staff as well as supporting diverse talent initiatives.

  • Drive a culture of collaboration, accountability and engagement amongst team members.

  • Partner broadly with other areas of the organization including: Sales, Client Management, Product, Pricing, Implementation, Legal, Compliance, and Claims to bring in new customers and service them and existing customers well.

  • Actively engage in supporting the positive consultative outcomes crucial to our long-term success, identifying opportunities to provide consultative creative solutions and making recommendations.

  • Continually challenge the status quo, developing efficiency and operational improvements through process changes. You will proactively lead change throughout the Underwriting Team and will serve as a key contributor to projects and thought leadership within Underwriting Leadership, the entire Underwriting organization, and Guardian.

  • Build rapport with internal and external partners, including other departments within Guardian, producers, plan sponsors and their members to enhance Guardian brand, and improve new business results and inforce business retention and profitability.

  • Handle a caseload of complex accounts (prospective or inforce), assessing risk related to insurance products and ultimately recommending appropriate pricing levels.

You have:

  • 7+ years of Group Underwriting experience

  • Extensive knowledge of group contract and benefit provisions, along with industry trends and competitive pricing practices for all product lines

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong presentation skills

  • Superior organizational, time management and prioritization skills

  • Excellent math and analytical skills

  • High degree of comfort with the MS Office suite, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in business, economics, finance or mathematics

Travel: Approximately 10%

Location: Hybrid role - 2 days in the office, 3 days WFH - Preferred locations- Guardian home offices located in Bethlehem, PA, New York NY, Stamford CT, Holmdel, NJ - or in a Guardian sales offices located in Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Newport Beach, or Piano/Dallas. We will consider candidates outside of preferred locations, offering flexible work arrangements if aligned.

Our Promise

At Guardian, you’ll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals. Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.

Salary Range

$81,040.00 - $180,600.00

The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.

Inspire Well-Being

As part of Guardian’s Purpose – to inspire well-being – we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.

Health Care

  • Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits

  • Dental plan

  • Vision plan

  • Health care accounts – flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts

  • Critical illness insurance

Life and Disability Insurance

  • Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage

  • Accident insurance

Retirement and Financial

  • 401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable

  • Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative

Time Off and Remote Work

  • Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)

  • Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement

  • Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days

  • Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies

Emotional Well-being and Work-Life

  • Emotional well-being, mental health, and work/life resources powered by Spring Health

  • Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement

  • Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons

  • Adoption assistance

  • College planning

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Student loan assistance

  • Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.)

  • Employee Resource Groups that advocate for inclusion and diversity

  • J.E.D.I. certification and training programs

  • Matching gifts/volunteering

Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact .

Every day, Guardian helps our 29 million customers realize their dreams through a range of insurance and financial products and services. Our Purpose, to inspire well-being, guides our dedication to the colleagues, consumers, and communities we serve. We know that people count, and we go above and beyond to prepare them for the life they want to live, focusing on their overall well-being — mind, body, and wallet. As one of the largest mutual insurance companies, we put our customers first. Behind every bright future is a GuardianTM. Learn more about Guardian at .