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Delta Dental of Iowa
Pricing and Underwriting Director
(Added 1/2/2015)

Delta Dental of Iowa is looking for outstanding candidates to fill a Pricing and Underwriting Director role.  This is an opportunity for an experienced pricing professional, preferably with experience in the health insurance industry, to develop and recommend profitable pricing for all dental and vision at-risk and self-funded products, review monthly claims reserves, complete all required rate filings, and monitor and forecast underwriting margins. If you have the following skills and experience we want to talk with you!

  • Ability to balance market need with cost effective, profitable product solutions that align with the company’s strategic direction
  • Drive results in a collaborative way
  • Ability to make sound pricing recommendations that include strong understanding of impacts of both large and small changes
  • Able to articulate the big picture while digging  into the details and providing detailed analysis
  • Serve as a key contributor to financial results in a growing company in a changing industry

Essential Functions and Principal Accountabilities:

  • Pricing analysis and annual rate setting for small group dental, individual dental, and vision products in order to achieve target underwriting margins.
  • Active participation in the product development process; working collaboratively with marketing product development team to establish rates for newly designed products.
  • Annual development of manual rate factors used for initial large group dental product pricing.
  • Direct underwriting processes and pricing related to large group new and renewal business; working collaboratively with sales team to identify appropriate pricing, plan design, and contract length to meet company growth and profitability objectives.
  • Analysis of actual underwriting margins for all product lines and effective communication of results to all stakeholders.
  • Timely and accurate regulatory rate filings ensuring department knowledge and compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Forecasting Underwriting Margins for annual budget and quarterly forecasting processes utilizing past data trends, judgment, and knowledge of environmental factors to reasonability estimate future financial results.
  • Oversight, coordination and review of monthly GAAP and Statutory IBNR and active life reserves as prepared by an outside actuary.
  • Actively participate in strategic planning processes, identifying and leading initiatives to support the strategic direction of the company. 
  • Development, implementation, and continuous improvement of policies and procedures that ensure effective, efficient and accurate pricing and forecasting results.
  • Effective communication with internal and external stakeholders; translating detailed analytic data into concise recommendations for peers and management.  
  • Promote the service quality efforts of the corporation and demonstrate a commitment to developing a team environment within the underwriting team and with all other company team members.
  • Leadership of underwriting and data analysis staff including hiring, performance management, coaching, and development to enhance performance, build employee engagement and model the organization’s core values.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Hiring Specifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from accredited college required; Actuarial Science or Math degree preferred.
  2. Ten or more years of pricing, reserving and forecasting experience required, strongly prefer experience in Health or Property &Casualty insurance.  
  3. Formal leadership experience required.
  4. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel required, SQL experience preferred.
  5. Ability to perform detailed calculations and independently solve complex problems.
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  7. Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  8. Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines.
  9. Strong collaboration skills and philosophy.
  10. Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) credential preferred.
  11. Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA) credential preferred.

To apply for this position, please visit our Career site at https://www.deltadentalia.com/career-opportunities