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Assistant Director, Risk Selection Research

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Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partners within RSS and cross-functionally on developmental efforts aligned with the Future of Underwriting
  • Key SME and resource within the Research team to align, develop, and build key workstreams associated with the Future of Underwriting.
  • Represent RSS Research at Enroll Apply, Decide, and Future of Underwriting meetings
  • Partner with RSS UW Excellence for MHQ related work including the development of dynamic oMHQ
  • Develop analysis and insights on MHQ misrepresentation
  • Serves as an expert on digital and automated risk assessment capabilities – leads all aspects of development, deployment, adoption, and utilization
  • Responsible for setting the direction of and executing on future-focused strategies to advance our digital risk assessment capabilities through the use of new data sources and advanced analytics
  • Leads efforts with data science and technology teams to gather and curate data, develop production-grade tools, and to define implementation requirements, connections, and reporting requirements. Acts as both a technical and business expert.
  • Leads interdepartmental teams to identify risk and business process issues, constraints, and opportunities in using digital risk assessment tools. Cultivates innovative solutions to overcome hurdles


  • Background in underwriting, actuarial science, data science, or 8-10 years of relevant work experience
  • Deep analytical skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the connection between customer experiences, sales processes, operational results, and long-term product value
  • Proven ability to lead cross-functional and inter-departmental teams including an ability to lead highly matrixed teams
  • Proven ability to anticipate customer needs and business issues, develop innovative solutions, recommend best practices and implement to achieve desired results.
  • Excellent project management skills:  setting context, defining objectives, prioritizing work, delivering results, tracking outcomes, engaging stakeholders, and delivering through the team
  • Demonstrated excellence in communicating complex analytical topics across the spectrum from domain experts to those with limited experience to senior executives
  • Visionary. Has shown a penchant for questioning how things have been done and has actively brought forth new solutions to old problems. Can clearly articulate a vision for the future and align strategies and stakeholders accordingly.
  • Integrity. Understanding that just because we can doesn’t mean we should

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