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Underwriting Specialist


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Position Title: Underwriting Specialist
Job Code: 452958
Job Location: New Jersey-Roseland


Business Overview:


Group Insurance is an operating unit within the U.S. Businesses Division that primarily focuses on creating, distributing, and administering a complex range of life and disability insurance products for many top Fortune 500 companies.  Prudential has been underwriting group insurance plans since 1916. Today, our Group Insurance business unit is the nation’s second largest group life carrier and a leading disability carrier, proudly servicing nearly 20,000 clients—and insuring more than 20 million employees and their families. Group Insurance has operation centers across the United States.



The Underwriting Specialist is accountable for underwriting Group Life, Disability, Voluntary or Special Risk proposals, renewals and on-going case activity in accordance with statutory regulations and existing underwriting policies and practices, assessing risk and making and communicating decisions in a manner which contributes to the profitability of the product and reputation of the company.  



Main Job Responsibilities/Competencies:


  • Assesses, calculates and specifies the conditions under which Prudential is willing to accept risk on group life and disability business for prospective and in-force customers.  This includes, but is not limited to, the review and analysis of risk criteria, demographic data, financial data, rating formulas, case specific experience, product filings and statutory requirements. 
  • Independently applies Underwriting judgment, formulates pricing decisions, negotiates within their authority limit, and handles standard reporting requests. Proactively makes recommendations on cases and identifies creative solutions. 
  • Able to handle a medium volume of medium to high complexity cases with little to no support. 
  • Independently communicates and negotiates with internal partners, and may begin to handle communications with external customers/brokers.
  • Actively engages in supporting the positive consultative outcomes crucial to our long-term success.
  • Creates accurate offers, standard experience reports and/or evaluations, projections for assigned accounts and may handle customized reporting requests. May provide case specific information for multi-year planning efforts and makes projections based on emerging account experience and trends.
  • Maintains updated records and case files in accordance with underwriting and records policies & procedures.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of regional trends, competitive landscape and factors that influence the marketplace and regulatory environment
  • Acts as a subject matter expert for low/medium complexity topics
  • Actively contributes to larger projects as a team member, demonstrating an understanding of both the upstream and downstream impacts of changes within and outside of Underwriting, may lead smaller scope projects within Underwriting.
  • Serves as a resource for less experienced underwriters and is actively involved in the training/mentoring process.




Group Life and/or Disability underwriting experience, preferably 5 years,

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

Ability to work independently

Strong time management and organizational skills

Ability to prioritize work with limited oversight

Results and profit oriented

Strong Analytical and mathematical skills.

Proficient with Microsoft Office and email software

Excellent Excel skills

Working knowledge of applicable underwriting tools (internal)

Excellent communication and collaboration skills   

Ability to develop strong working relationships

Understands and adheres to policies and procedures

Exhibits behaviors aligned with leadership competencies

Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services.

We recognize that our strength and success are directly linked to the quality and skills of our diverse associates. We are proud to be a place where talented people who want to make a difference can grow as professionals, leaders, and as individuals. Visit to learn more about our values, our history and our brand.

Prudential is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Note that this posting is intended for individual applicants. Search firms or agencies should email Staffing at for more information about doing business with Prudential.
Job Function: Underwriting
Schedule: Full-time
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