Share this Job

Actuarial Associate - Annuity Product Management

Apply now »

Date: Jan 31, 2019

Location: West Des Moines, IA, US, 50266

Company: Sammons Financial Group

Sammons® Financial Group’s (SFG) member companies offer some of today’s most sought after life insurance, annuity, and retirement planning products. Unlike most financial organizations, our companies are not publicly traded, which means we’re focused on long-term value rather than short-term earnings pressures. As a privately held company, our leaders and employees remain consistently focused on long-term growth, making decisions that allow us to deliver on our commitments to customers, distribution partners, our employees, and our communities. Individually, our companies provide value in the products and services they offer. Together we represent a history of strength and longevity. 


Here is what you can expect when you join SFG:

  • A Casual dress code which includes jeans. 
  • A rich company culture driven by private ownership and intentional leadership that inspires employees to engage in our healthy, high-performing and values based culture.
  • Healthy balance between work and personal lives.  Friday afternoons off all year long, competitive PTO and generous number of paid holidays. 
  • Great benefits including medical, dental, vision, wellness plan, charitable giving programs, education assistance… to name a few!
  • ESOP- A generous 100% company funded retirement plan. 


Here's what you can expect as an Actuarial Associate. 

You will be responsible to effectively and efficiently perform actuarial processes related to this role. This may include modeling, data analytics, product development, and/or financial reporting for Sammons Financial Group (SFG) Member Companies’ products. Understand SFG and business unit financial goals and objectives. Analyze, summarize and present management information. Provide technical guidance to others and lead projects as directed.

  1. Develop strong knowledge of SFG products related to area of focus. Understand customer value propositions. Understand new products and make recommendations regarding how to incorporate into existing models and/or actuarial processes. 
  2. Apply good knowledge of insurance contracts and actuarial related regulations to perform existing actuarial processes.  Prepare materials required to comply with applicable regulations.  
  3. Develop and apply assumptions required for actuarial calculations and modeling. Interpret internal and external data available to make and justify recommendations for individual assumptions for review by management. Use actuarial models to understand and explain the impact of a change in assumptions. Document assumptions and sources of data used.
  4. Create, understand and interpret complex financial models which may include models for reporting of assets, liabilities, solvency and profitability measures, product pricing and financial projections. Assist in choosing the appropriate modeling approach, following best practices, and using the right tools and methods to maximize efficiency. Perform analysis and assist in explaining the results of both deterministic and stochastic projections. Ensure proper governance, peer review and documentation is completed.
  5. Build good knowledge of accounting standards and other reporting requirements covering insurance liabilities and the assets backing liabilities. Understand, analyze and explain financial reporting as needed, including balance sheets and income statements produced by actuarial models. 
  6. Create and apply spreadsheets, databases and other data analytic software as needed to perform data analysis efficiently. Summarize, manipulate, transform and aggregate data. Present aggregated data verbally, numerically, graphically or in another written format to highlight key features. Perform checks to confirm the robustness of the data and analysis.
  7. Understand concepts of relevant actuarial risks and the implications of failing to manage risk. Quantify risk exposure and use model projections to produce management information to measure and to monitor on-going exposure. Summarize and present analysis to appropriate actuarial leaders. Assist in developing risk mitigation techniques.
  8. Assist and/or lead special projects as required. Work individually and/or in teams to complete projects on time and with high quality. Effectively plan and prioritize your own work in accordance with broader team or department objectives and priorities.
  9. Develop relationships and collaborate with other departments and business units. Communicate effectively with other actuarial teams to ensure consistency in modeling approaches and assumptions across actuarial functions.
  10. Participate in the Society of Actuaries’ examination program with a satisfactory pass record per SFG's actuarial study program guidelines.



  • Must have a Bachelor's degree, preferably in the area of mathematics, or a business related field.
  • ASA designation preferred.
  • Prefer at least 4-6 years of experience in the field of Actuarial Science.
  • Demonstrate a high level of mathematical ability and attention to detail and strong analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate strong computer skills including proficiency in the use of applicable technical tools.
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills including ability to present technical information to actuarial audiences.
  • Possess solid understanding of insurance industry.
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems or questions and provide recommendations to appropriate audiences.
  • Ability to work both individually and as part of a team.
  • Highly organized with the demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and to switch priorities as necessary.
  • Ability to work effectively in an office environment.
  • Commitment to embrace SFG shared values (Respect, Accountability, Integrity, and Openness).
  • Criminal background check required.

Nearest Major Market: Des Moines

Job Segment: Accounting, Finance