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Senior Underwriting Consultant at John Hancock in Boston, Massachusetts

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Are you looking for unlimited opportunities to develop and succeed?  With work that challenges and makes a difference, within a flexible and supportive environment, we can help our customers achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Job Description

In this role the underwriter will be expected to have detailed knowledge of medical and financial underwriting principles and practices.  Focus will be on large face amounts and older age clients.  The underwriter will have detailed knowledge of reinsurance guidelines, automatic limits, retention and jumbo limit management.  In regards to medical underwriting individual will have good working knowledge regarding risk assessment for impaired risks and the ability to work in concert with medical staff to determine appropriate rate classes.  

Financial underwriting skills are to include ability to assess financial justification for both personal and business coverage, to review and understand financial documentation and to have an understanding of insurance planning practices for both estate and business needs.  The underwriter will maintain established time service standards and will work effectively under deadlines.  Focus will be paid to customer service, underwriter will have both effective and professional verbal and written communication skills


  • Manage all aspects of underwriting process.

  • Select and classify risk according to company philosophy and standards.

  • Analyze and interpret medical, non-medical and financial information.

  • Make decisions within approval limits.

  • Determine appropriate requirements.

  • Comply with departmental procedures, to include medical referrals and cosign requirements.

  • Manage retention.

  • Build and maintain good relationships with internal and external partners.

  • Manage time and resources to meet service standards.

  • Continue professional development.


  • In depth knowledge of underwriting function.

  • 3-5 years experience in a similar role

  • Knowledge of medical issues and impact on mortality.

  • Knowledge of financial and other non-medical underwriting factors.

  • In depth knowledge of retention and reinsurance, to include automatic and jumbo limits.

  • Organizational and communications skills.

  • Ability to define, research and resolve problems.

  • Ability to prioritize and work effectively under published time service standards.

  • Ability to create and maintain customer relationships.

  • Approval authority " $7,500,000 standard individual life and $10,000,000 standard survivorship life to age 85. Substandard approval limit at 500%.


If you are ready to unleash your potential, its time to start your career with Manulife/John Hancock.

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2019, we had more than 35,000 employees, over 98,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 30 million customers. As of September 30, 2020, we had $1.3 trillion (US$943 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $31.2 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 155 years. We trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife /John   Hancock , we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract,   develop   and   retain   a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin,   colour , ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law.  

It is our priority to remove barriers to   provide   equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will work with applicants who request a reasonable accommodation during the application process .  All information shared during the accommodation request process will be stored and used in a manner that is consistent with   applicable laws and Manulife/John Hancock policies . To request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact .

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