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Disability Insurance - Underwriting Sr Specialist

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Job Summary  

Builds relationships with Financial Advisors and internal partners. Develops the skills necessary to successfully underwrite Life, Disability, and/or Long-term Care insurance policies in an inclusive and fast-paced environment ensuring all quality, service, and production goals are met.  


Primary Duties & Responsibilities:  

 Field & Client Experience  

  • ​Responsible for credible and effective relations and communication with field and customer including responding to case appeals/inquiries and assisting with placing business.  

  • Provides guidance and assistance to the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and Financial Representatives regarding case underwriting and risk appraisal  

  • Responsible for prescreening inquiries. 



  • Responsible for the analysis and appraisal of a broad range of insurance applications; approves, classifies, or declines applications for various ages and policy amounts with guidance, as needed.​ 

  • Independently reviews applications adheres to DI underwriting standards and demonstrates an intermediate level of experience with NM product types and changes.  ​ 

  • Proficient in all DI Products

  • Develops and demonstrates change agility while maintaining mortality and morbidity expectations. ​ 

  • Demonstrates continuous learning through the early adoption of new ways of underwriting. ​ 

  • Underwrites applications, maintaining industry-leading morbidity giving the best possible offer that can be made. Provides active case and requirement management and provides customized service with guidance.  ​ 

  • Communicate & negotiate with Field Partners to explain modified or declined decisions & assist in policy placement. ​ 

  • Develops proficiency in financial, medical, and lay underwriting assessments and provides innovative solutions to keep Northwestern Mutual as the choice of our customers.  

  • Actively utilizes the most effective means to obtain the necessary information, including digital health data, Internet searches, and communication with third-party advisors (Accountants, Attorneys, etc.) with limited guidance. 

  • Understands and meets all quality, service, and production goals​.  

  • Solves issues & escalations, with guidance as needed.  ​ 

  • May serve as underwriting representative for improvement in product process w/collaboration w/functional partners. ​Participates in other projects as needed. 





  • A bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

  • 2 years + of Disability Insurance underwriting experience with BOE & Buy-Out. ( Preferred)

  • Approval Limits of $2000+ IDI.

  • Analytical skills with the ability to make independent decisions and apply sound judgment in the application of rules. 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to handle confidential information, and exercise tact, diplomacy, and resourcefulness.

  • Proficient in computer skills and using various software packages.

  • Ability to work accurately while maintaining speed and flexibility in a team and independent production environment. 

  • Highly organized with the ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines. 

  • Displays agility to manage multiple tasks​ and adapt to a changing work environment. 

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Northwestern Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.

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