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Boston, MA, US Armonk, NY, US

Head of Pricing and Underwriting - Hybrid Work Model

About the team

The Head of Insurance is a member of the senior management team of iptiQ Americas L&H and the global iptiQ Underwriting function, and is responsible for leading the pricing and underwriting team in America. You will be part of a diverse and highly driven team committed to working with life insurers and distributors to provide life and health insurance to as many consumers as possible.

Your team is responsible for all aspects of the pricing, underwriting and the product development process and collaborates with other areas of iptiQ and across Swiss Re to support the coordination, infrastructure and competences that are key to driving forward this business.

About the role

Reporting to the Regional Market Executive iptiQ Americas, you will be responsible and accountable for the pricing and profitability for all Life and Health products, product strategy and underwriting for iptiQ Americas. The role will also have a dotted reporting line to the iptiQ Chief Underwriting Officer.

You are responsible for ensuring product design, pricing and underwriting of all new products reflect current market conditions, channel and distributor dynamics, regulatory and consumer expectations and risk appetite. You will need to ensure appropriate Underwriting governance is established and effective, and leading efforts to apply existing and new data sources to improve risk, underwriting, pricing and portfolio management.

Your main responsibilities will be to

  • Develop the product, pricing & underwriting strategy for the American market.
  • Develop the Underwriting standards which govern product development, pricing and underwriting for the region and ensuring that this adheres to global frameworks & guidelines.
  • Design the underwriting rule set, manage the underwriting rules engine and handle underwriting referrals.
  • Develop the regional strategy with respect to the collection, storage and analysis of data for pricing, risk selection and underwriting.
  • Design insurance products that meet customer and regulator expectations and requirements.
  • Build and maintain the pricing tools and models used.
  • Set initial and ongoing pricing of all products, including setting of pricing best estimate assumptions.
  • Develop timely and effective monitoring of the underwriting performance of the portfolio and provide critical insights to help proactively steer the portfolio.
  • Lead the development of an effective smart circle between sales, pricing, underwriting, claims, finance and actuarial functions.
  • Conduct timely experience investigations in line with global best practice.
  • Build and lead a team of commercial actuaries, analysts and underwriters that work collaboratively with the other iptiQ functions.
  • Be a leader within the global Underwriting community, improving the quality of product, pricing and underwriting across iptiQ and SwissRe.

About you

  • Your extensive experience with pricing of Life and Health products allows you to approach pricing in new ways whilst maintaining pricing discipline
  • Your collaborative approach makes it easy to bring in others along in support of new ideas while staying open to different points of view
  • You have a passion for innovation and analytical discipline
  • You are confident in engaging other team members in a collaborative and dynamic environment across the organization

Your experience & qualifications

  • Ten or more years' pricing experience in the primary life and health insurance industry.
  • Experience in building and leading a team of actuaries, analysts and underwriters.
  • A background in pricing for straight-through processing underwriting optimization, D2C marketing and distribution channels is highly valued.
  • FSA or equivalent qualification is preferred.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, predictive analytics with particular exposure to the assessment of model validity and, ideally, some experience in building and deploying models.

Your skills

  • Strong leadership skills with a proactive "can do" attitude, and an international outlook.
  • Analytical and conceptual skills to understand key business needs and craft tailored solutions to solve specific business problems.
  • Excellent communication skills and can explain complex problems with clarity and effectiveness.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment, with a strong ability to lead numerous contending priorities.
  • Ability to independently initiate and drive projects to completion.
  • Ability to adapt to a flexible work environment and willing to work on 'hands on' basis.


For Armonk the estimated base salary range for this position is $188,000 to $338,000.  The specific salary offered for this or any given role will take into account a number of factors including but not limited to job location, scope of role, qualifications, complexity/specialization/scarcity of talent, experience, education, and employer budget.  At Swiss Re, we take a "total compensation approach" when making compensation decisions. This means that we consider all components of compensation in their totality (such as base pay, short-and long-term incentives, and benefits offered), in setting individual compensation.


About iptiQ


iptiQ is a risk tech start-up within Swiss Re Group. Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime.

iptiQ provides digital, bespoke and transparent L&H and P&C protection products in a B2B2C manner. Founded in 2014, we're transforming the way consumers buy insurance with a unique digital insurance engine which incorporates the latest technology with world-class underwriting capabilities. We build strong partnerships to sell insurance via trusted brands.

Our success depends on our ability to build an inclusive culture encouraging fresh perspectives and innovative thinking. iptiQ embraces a workplace where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and develop professionally regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, skillset, thought or other characteristics. In our inclusive and flexible environment everyone can bring their authentic selves to work.



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Nearest Major Market: Boston

Job Segment: Pricing, Accounting, Actuarial, Claims, Product Development, Operations, Finance, Insurance, Research

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