Transamerica VA Model Steward Actuary in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Job FamilyGeneral Actuarial

Job Description SummaryThe open position is located in Cedar Rapids, IA in the Annuity and Retirement Actuarial area of the Finance Department. The position will focus on the ALFA modeling of Variable Annuities for the purpose of valuation reporting and projections.We are seeking a talented and creative individual with strong analytical, organizational and leadership skills to join the Variable Annuity Valuation team. This is a multi-level posting with one position to be filled. Depending on the qualifications of the candidate, the positions will be filled between the levels of Associate Actuary (Level 3) and Senior Actuary (Level 1).The individual filling this position will gain considerable knowledge of variable annuity products with living and death benefit guarantees. Several bases of financial reporting will routinely be encountered including Statutory, Tax, IFRS and MVN. The nature of this role will provide opportunities to enhance one’s technical and leadership skills and individuals can expect to become well-versed in variable annuity products with guarantees, the ALFA modeling software, the change management process and the various bases of financial reporting that utilize the ALFA models for reporting and projections.Job Description

This is a multi-level posting - job responsibilities could vary based upon experience.

  • Represents the VDA ALL and TARE ALL models on project teams (and governance bodies) with regard to researching and solving modeling issues, implementing new products/product features or enhancements, reviewing/implementing proposed assumption and/or methodology through a thorough understanding of variable annuities and the code and architecture of the ALFA VA models and inforce files.

  • Manages the VDA ALL and TARE ALL model databases, including planning quarterly implementations, reviewing/updating estimated financial impacts (EFIs), researching model issues impacting all VA models, maintaining the database, ensuring completed items are closed and working with CMO/Group on audit of completed items.

  • Coordinate the quarterly updates to ALFA with model owners and developers and also complete any required papers for VDA ALL and TARE ALL items and coordinate model specific items with model owners.

  • Ensures economic and policyholder behavior assumptions and modeling methods are thoroughly defined for implementation into the variable annuity ALFA models representing the models and collaborating with other teams as needed (i.e. developers, model owners, inforce creation, experience studies, etc.).

  • Coordinates the updating and maintenance of the Assumption and Methodology Repository for variable annuity related items.

  • Ensures change management process followed by modelers providing guidance as needed and collaborates with CMO to shape change management process providing constructive and collaborative feedback.

  • Participates in discussions/analysis and provides guidance/advice regarding technical actuarial issues such as modeling methodology, reserving principles and changes to valuation standards, laws and regulations applicable to variable annuities.

  • Monitors and analyzes developments in actuarial techniques, laws and regulations applicable to variable annuities and recommends appropriate reaction to these developments.

  • Finds creative solutions to modeling issues as leader/participant on cross functional/cross product teams.

  • Lead or serve as a key resource for completion of one or more major projects during the course of the year.

  • May manage and motivate a small team of employees or project team.

  • May represent the company on industry and professional committees and/or with regulators.

  • Other duties as assigned based on department needs.

  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.

  • Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Math, Finance, Actuarial Science, Statistics or related field

  • FSA with 6+ years of actuarial experience or strong ASA with 10+ years of actuarial experience required

  • Experience with actuarial valuation or modeling software required

  • Knowledge of change management processes and variable annuities preferred

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent computer skills

  • Working knowledge of IFRS, Statutory and Tax valuation principles

  • Working knowledge of the principles of modeling insurance product cash flows

  • Knowledge of variable annuity products and ALFA actuarial modeling software preferred

  • Knowledge/experience with valuation of derivatives or reinsurance is a plus

  • Effective oral and written communication skills, demonstrating the ability to convey complex mathematical and analytical concepts to various audiences

  • Demonstrates high quality leadership, judgment, organization and prioritization skills

  • Takes initiative and works independently

  • Works under pressure and within time constraints to effectively accomplish individual and team objectives

  • Effective management skills to motivate and develop staff or cross functional teams

  • Finds creative solutions to standardize and automate processes

  • Embraces change and quickly adapts to new methods and accountabilities

Working Conditions

Normal office environment. Limited travel may be required.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

Transamerica Life Insurance Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of age, religion, sex, gender identity, genetic information, race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, participation in the uniformed services (e.g. U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard), physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local equal employment opportunities laws.

AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC, is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of age, religion, sex, gender identity, genetic information, race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, participation in the uniformed services (e.g. U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard), physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local equal employment opportunities laws.

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At Transamerica, hard work, innovative thinking and personal accountability are qualities that we honor and reward. We understand the potential that is unleashed by leveraging the talents of a diverse workforce. We embrace an environment where employees enjoy a balance between their careers, families, communities and personal interests. Ultimately, we appreciate the uniqueness of a company where talented professionals work collaboratively in a positive environment focused on helping customers secure their long-term financial futures.

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