September 13, 2016

Actuarial Associate

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. - Portland, OR

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  • Company
    StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. StanCorp Financial Group, Inc.
  • Location
    Portland, OR
  • Job Type
  • Job Classification
    Full Time
  • Experience
    Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
  • Education
    Bachelors Degree
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Job Description



If you want to make a positive difference and stand out from the crowd, you ll fit in at The Standard ( Through our retirement plans and insurance products and services, we help people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. Come join us and share our passion for serving our customers in a positively different way.

Acceptance to a position in this job family constitutes participation in the Actuarial Student Program at The Standard. The mission of the Actuarial Student Program is to grow actuarial knowledge, business acumen and leadership skills in our Actuaries to enable the achievement of organizational goals. Actuarial students are expected to progress through the levels of the job family based on academic/exam achievements and by developing their analytical skills, independent decision making, and effective communication and leadership skills.


Pricing/Underwriting: Develop and maintain pricing for premium rates and fees. Analyze emerging profit as compared to pricing assumptions. Perform specialized pricing/underwriting for large cases or unique blocks of business. Set interest rate crediting policies and assumptions based on research and analysis.

Valuation: Calculate reserves and liabilities in accordance with regulatory requirements and applicable actuarial and accounting standards. Review and maintain actuarial assumptions relevant to area of practice (e.g. mortality, morbidity, valuation interest rates), adhering to actuarial and industry standards. Test the adequacy of reserves and formulate recommendations on reserve adequacy/methodology or liability funding requirements to management.

Actuarial/Experience Studies; Financial Modeling/Asset Liability Management (ALM)/Risk Management: Gather, analyze and develop strong understanding of profitability, growth, ALM requirements, risk, customer retention, and expense trends, utilizing company, industry and capital market data as necessary. Create and maintain models used in the analysis of ALM, risk management, income projection and regulatory requirements. Communicate findings to management and provide quantitative knowledge for business/investment/financial strategies.

Product Development: Collaborate with sales, marketing and other functional areas on the financial soundness and feasibility of new products. Research, design and implement new products or product enhancements. Analyze new product profitability to achieve corporate/division income and growth goals.

Financial Reporting/Regulatory: Prepare the actuarial portion of financial statements following GAAP, statutory or tax reporting principles. Analyze financial results of the corporation/division and identify drivers of earnings trends. Communicate financial information to management to assist and influence corporate/division financial strategies. Research complex regulatory issues, determine applicability to situation, and design effective methods to implement required procedures and communicate with affected parties.

Data Analysis/Information Systems: Extract, analyze and prepare data for use in actuarial modeling. Analyze, interpret and present numerical data related to pricing, reserves and other actuarial analysis. Run, maintain and understand actuarial software and applications. Design, implement and maintain open-source code applications for use in the analysis of financial risks.

Cross Collaboration: Communicate and collaborate with various departments across the organization to meet business needs. Using data and analysis, provide strategic guidance in influencing management decision making.

Actuarial Exams: Prepare for and pass actuarial exams and maintain continuing education requirements.


Education/Experience: Bachelor s degree in mathematics, actuarial science, business or a related field preferred. Three or more years experience in the actuarial field and ASA designation required.

Analytical Skills: Seasoned professional with strong actuarial and financial expertise. Able to apply knowledge/analytical skills to resolve problems of diverse scope which requires a review of a variety of quantitative and qualitative factors. Resolves a wide range of issues in creative ways and demonstrates good judgment in selecting techniques for obtaining solutions.

Independence: Determines methods and procedures on new assignments with some guidance. Emerging skills as a mentor and resource to entry level actuaries. Anticipates customer needs and takes initiative to address business challenges.

Influence: Acts as a subject matter expert having frequent interaction with senior department managers or other senior actuarial personnel. Developing communication skills with non-technical audience.

Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Equities, Inc., StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc. and StanCorp Mortgage Investors, LLC, marketed as The Standard, are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or any other condition protected by federal, state or local law. The Standard offers a drug and alcohol free work environment where possession, manufacture, transfer, offer, use of or being impaired by an illegal substance while on Standard property, or in other cases which the company believes might affect operations, safety or reputation of the company is prohibited. The Standard requires a criminal background investigation, drug test, employment, education and licensing verification as a condition of employment. All employees of The Standard must be bondable.

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