Life and Health Underwriting Manager

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Life and Health Underwriting Manager         

Halifax, NS

Reference # HL-17604


Meridia Recruitment Solutions has partnered with BF&M, a leading insurance provider with operations in Bermuda, Halifax and across the Caribbean, to recruit for their Life & Health Underwriting Manager in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


BF&M takes a great pride in helping their customers protect what matters most, as well as giving back to the communities in which they work. BF&M is comprised of several companies selling health, life, pension, property and casualty insurance products.


Position Overview: As the Life & Health Underwriting Manager you will play a vital role in the underwriting department, overseeing a team of underwriters and contributing to the modernization of the underwriting capabilities. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in medical, life, and disability insurance underwriting, exceptional analytical skills, and a commitment to excellence. This role reports directly to the Associate Head, Life & Health Administration & Underwriting and has two direct reports.



Primary Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

1. Team Leadership:

  • Supervise and mentor a team of two underwriters, providing guidance and support to ensure effective underwriting practices.
  • Foster a collaborative and high-performance work environment, promoting professional development within the team.
  • Conduct regular performance evaluations and provide constructive feedback to direct reports.

2. Underwriting Expertise:

  • Apply deep knowledge of medical, life, and disability insurance underwriting principles to assess and evaluate risks.
  • Review and approve complex underwriting cases, providing insights and recommendations for decision-making.
  • Keep abreast of industry trends and regulatory changes to ensure compliance and best practices.

3. Project Management:

  • Lead and actively participate in projects aimed at modernizing our underwriting processes and capabilities.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to implement new technologies, tools, and methodologies to enhance efficiency and accuracy.

4. Analytical Skills:

  • Utilize strong analytical skills to assess data, statistics, and trends, supporting data-driven underwriting decisions.
  • Develop and maintain underwriting guidelines and pricing strategies to optimize risk management.

5. Compliance and Risk Management:

  • Ensure underwriting practices adhere to regulatory requirements and company policies.
  • Monitor and mitigate risks associated with underwriting decisions, taking appropriate actions when necessary.

6. Reporting and Documentation:

  • Prepare and present underwriting reports to senior management, highlighting key performance metrics and trends.
  • Maintain accurate and organized underwriting records and documentation.


Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or relevant professional designations in underwriting.
  • Proven experience in medical, life, and disability insurance underwriting.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational and project management abilities.
  • Effective leadership and team management skills.
  • Knowledge of underwriting software and tools.
  • Familiarity with underwriting regulations and best practices.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.



To express interest in this opportunity please apply online by clicking the link below:

For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Heather Labucki, Partner, or Jason Ozon, Consultant, at If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please let Jason Ozon know.


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