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Lead Underwriting Consultant

Date Posted: Jan 9, 2022

Location: Wilmington, DE, US, 19801 Aurora, IL, US, 60504

Company: MetLife

Role Value Proposition: 

The Lead Underwriting Consultant is a position within MetLife’s Worldwide Benefits, an Employee Benefits provider of Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and Long-Term Disability products and solutions built specifically for globally mobile employees.  MetLife has the capabilities, resources, and experience to deliver world-class benefits to expatriates.  We are uniquely positioned to become the leading global employee benefits provider. We have a strong global footprint and are investing globally, regionally, and locally to significantly grow our business


The Lead Underwriting Consultant will provide underwriting and pricing approvals for new business and renewals of expatriate benefits products including medical, life, LTD and/or dental, managing a portfolio of high-level complexity.  The candidate will develop and continually refine the underwriting process and technology to drive key business and support cross functional pricing reviews to advance underwriting models.  The role reports to MetLife Worldwide Benefits AVP, Head of Underwriting. 


Key Responsibilities:  

  • The Lead Underwriting Consultant will provide underwriting and pricing approvals for new business and renewals of expatriate benefit products including medical, life, LTD, and/or dental.
  • Provides pricing, risk, and plan design approvals for cases with up to 2,000 lives and provides risk and plan design authority for cases with up to 1,000 lives that fall outside established guidelines; Provides pricing and plan design authority for cases with a total annualized premium of $2,000,000 or less.
  • Manages portfolio of high-level complexity. Analyses risk for complex cases by running manual rate calculations or preparing experience rated quotes. Works with sales offices to ensure cases are rated appropriately prior to approval.
  • Underwrites new business quotes by analyzing financial and plan design information to decide whether to accept risk and at what premium level.
  • Underwrites renewals by reviewing current plan’s premium history, claims history, and company financial condition to determine appropriate renewal action.
  • Analyses the Request for Proposal to offer the most appropriate plan design and for retrieving missing data. Prices and offers plan changes, produces experience reports, and responds to broker and customer inquiries.
  • Work with external vendors and internal partners – Service, Sales, Products, Marketing, IT, E-Business, National Accounts, Legal, Service Delivery, and Finance – to develop and continually refine the underwriting process and technology to drive key business results such as persistency, closing ratio, task time, and margins.
  • Supports cross functional pricing reviews to advance underwriting models. Improve data capture and underwriting reporting on renewal increases, persistency, new business, quote activity, closing ratios and departmental productivity. Participate in the development of key metrics for underwriting quality, timeliness, unit cost, and sales/products/broker/employee satisfaction and monitor measurements for business effectiveness


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • 6+ years of employee benefits underwriting experience (medical, life, LTD and/or dental).
  • Strong working knowledge of underwriting policies and procedures, underwriting guidelines, and philosophies. 
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, strong written and oral communication skills.
  • A willingness to take risk with appropriate levels of risk assessment.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • High level of organization skill and the ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Strong Word, Excel, Power Point skills.



  • Bachelor’s Degree is highly preferred.


Business Category

Worldwide Benefits


Number of Openings



At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers. 


MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine's 2021 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." 


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.



We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.



MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.



Requisition #: 120803


Nearest Major Market: Wilmington
Nearest Secondary Market: Philadelphia