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Senior, Life Underwriting



Ohio, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Are you passionate about being part of a team that delivers extraordinary care to help individuals and businesses prepare for and protect their retirement? If so, then Nationwide Financial could be the place for you! At Nationwide®, “on your side” goes beyond just words. Our customers are at the center of everything we do and we’re looking for associates who are passionate about delivering extraordinary care.

Internal Compensation Grade: G2
Location: This position can be filled as Hybrid or Remote

Life Underwriting experience required

Job Description Summary

Our underwriters work hard to provide the exceptional customer experience for which Nationwide is known. Actively engaging with our firms and financial professionals to get to know their clients and their needs builds our understanding of the market, what is needed to win business and put our best offer out first.

If you thrive working autonomously, making decisions on a variety of impactful issues and continuing to learn and adapt to grow, we want to know more about you!

As a Life Underwriting Consultant, you'll analyze, select and classify applications for life insurance of a more complex nature according to established underwriting policies, practices and standards. This includes coordinating life selection standards according to underwriting practices and procedures. We'll count on you to demonstrate self-directed leadership on special projects and departmental committees. You'll also have opportunities to assume an informal leadership role by identifying problems and potential solutions within the team. In addition, you may serve as a referral point for less experienced underwriters. You'll work with latitude for independent judgment based on your underwriting authority and company underwriting standards. You will likely have multi-distribution, or multi-carrier experience.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities:

  • Receives, evaluates and underwrites, on a medical or non-medical basis more complex applications for life insurance up to their maximum handling limit as approved by the Chief Underwriter. Protects the confidentiality of documentation and information acquired throughout the underwriting process. Works within broad limits and authority, with minimal oversight, on highly sophisticated assignments requiring niche knowledge in area of expertise.

  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of manuals, underwriting materials, rules, regulations, procedures medical factors and practices impacting mortality and morbidity underwriting. Maintains a solid understanding of all underwriting administrative systems to conduct business and provides outstanding service to all internal and external customers and field partners.

  • Evaluates and accesses applications requiring additional evidence of insurability. Determines the need for and authorizes the ordering of, underwriting requirements to include, but not limited to, medical examinations, blood profiles, home office specimens, attending physician reports, inspection reports, client direct interviews, and other essential information.

  • Develops a strong understanding of the accelerated underwriting process and can apply risk-based decision-making skills to determine the appropriate requirements needed to provide protective value as well as determining appropriate risk class. This may include but not limited to, making fluid-less underwriting decisions as well as the utilization of alternative sources of medical information while maintaining appropriate tolerance for accepting risk.

  • Consults with other underwriters on the team and accepts referred cases when designated. Suggests innovative solutions, motivates team performance and facilitates open communication to achieve desired results. Resolves challenging and unusual cases with minimal assistance.

  • Evaluates, appraises and quantifies data derived from personal or business financial information and establishes insurable interest in keeping with the principle of indemnification. Handles complex financial underwriting applications and often assists others through referrals and training on financial underwriting.

  • Reaches terms on and coordinates both automatic and facultative reinsurance within the contractual terms and conditions of the Nationwide’s various reinsurance treaties, and product and market practices.

  • Meets and presents with field partners as needed. Acquires input and feedback during these visits to build a better understanding of partner needs and expectations.

  • Determines eligibility for temporary insurance and authorizes disbursement of policy refunds if the Temporary Insurance Agreement (TIA) is not eligible. Also authorizes reimbursement and for medical records or other fees requested as associated with requirements needed to confirm evidence of insurability.

  • Interprets electrocardiogram tracings received as evidence for life insurance applications. Consults with Medical Director on cases where physician input is required.

  • Consults with Chief Underwriter, Staff Underwriting, Senior Underwriting Consultants, and the Medical Director as the need arises.

  • Supports and assists in meeting goals and objectives for varying territories, special agent programs and contests.

  • Resolves challenges with effective solutions while maintaining focus on improving time service, quality of application submissions and underwriting quality and wastage.

  • Handling up to $7,500,000 for life, up to $1,000,000 sign off for morbidity underwriting, and sign off authority for exceptions on Intelligent Underwriting.

May perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Reporting Relationships: Reports to Underwriting Manager or Director

Typical Skills and Experiences:

Education: Undergraduate studies in marketing, insurance, risk management, economics, finance or business management.

License/Certification/Designation: Obtainment of AALU designation. Participation in, or attainment of, professional/technical studies or designation such as the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Fellow of Life Management Institute (FLMI). EKG Certified preferred.

Experience: Ten years of life underwriting experience

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: Medical Underwriting: Understands the anatomy of the human body and disease processes and can assess the impact of an individual’s mortality and morbidity risk and can translate that to assess the appropriate risk classification.

Solid foundation for complex financial underwriting. Extensive knowledge of life underwriting principles and practices, including basic contract law. In-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, medical and non-medical risks as they relate to life insurance. Knowledge of handling and interpreting underwriting results.

Very comfortable negotiating offers and calling out on offers that are other than applied for to explain reasons to the advisor or sales leader.

Proven knowledge of products and reinsurance - is comfortable and has relationships with our facultative reinsurance partners. Can reach terms on reinsurance decisions. Actively involved in industry meetings/conferences and our CE program. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, characterized by clarity, logic and a willingness to inquire and actively listen. Well developed presentation skills, characterized by effective communication in a variety of modes, media, and situations. Proven track record of dealing with ambiguity in a flexible and responsive manner. Maintains comfort with uncertainty, risk, and challenge. Ability to effectively and efficiently make difficult decisions and suggest alternative solutions. Consistently draws upon appropriate perspectives and resources. Negotiates skillfully in difficult situations, with both internal and external groups. Able to communicate difficult concepts and influence others to adopt a different point of view. Demonstrates strong resilience and supports others through change. Possesses a proactive orientation, characterized by clear vision. Anticipates likely developments and implications, and advises, motivates and can detail breakthrough strategies related to underwriting issues.

Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experiences may take precedence.

Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the hiring manager’s leader and Human Resources Business Partner.

Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values.

Job Conditions:

Overtime Eligibility: Exempt (Not eligible)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment and may have the option to work from home. Non-standard hours and some travel may be required.

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.


We currently anticipate accepting applications until 07/14/2024. However, we encourage early submissions, as the posting may close sooner if a strong candidate slate is identified before the deadline.


We have an array of benefits to fit your needs, including: medical/dental/vision, life insurance, short and long term disability coverage, paid time off with newly hired associates receiving a minimum of 18 days paid time off each full calendar year pro-rated quarterly based on hire date, nine paid holidays, 8 hours of Lifetime paid time off, 8 hours of Unity Day paid time off, 401(k) with company match, company-paid pension plan, business casual attire, and more. To learn more about the benefits we offer, click here.

Nationwide is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone feels challenged, appreciated, respected and engaged. Nationwide prohibits discrimination and harassment and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to any characteristic (or classification) protected by applicable law.

This position could be filled within any of the lower 48 U.S. states.Smoke-Free Iowa Statement: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, its affiliates and subsidiaries comply with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas on or around company premises as well as company issued vehicles. The company offers designated smoking areas in which smoking is permitted at each individual location. The Act prohibits retaliation for reporting complaints or violations. For more information on the Iowa Smokefree Air Act, individuals may contact the Smokefree Air Act Helpline at 888-944-2247.
For NY residents please review the following state law information: Notice of Employee Rights, Protections, and Obligations LS740 (ny.gov) https://dol.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/02/ls740_1.pdfNationwide pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement within the actual starting 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 and location of the role as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. If a Sales job, Sales Incentives, based on performance goals are possible in addition to this range.The national salary range for Consultant, Underwriting - Life : $76,000.00-$156,000.00The expected starting salary range for Consultant, Underwriting - Life : $84,000.00 - $126,000.00