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Senior Actuarial Trainee (Pricing)

About Canada Life

Canada Life UK looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation.

Part of our parent company Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life UK has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.

Canada Life UK is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuities propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers.

About the role

The Canada Life Individual Annuity team located in Potters Bar, (Herts) are currently recruiting for a part qualified actuary to join them on the company student scheme. This position will support the pricing and analysis of Individual Annuities and would ideally suit a part qualified actuary with pricing or annuity experience.

The role will also involve maintaining and improving the pricing basis and pricing processes.

As a senior actuarial trainee at Canada Life you will be responsible for providing actuarial, statistical and financial insight and analysis to management. You will have opportunity to advise the business or management to ensure that we are managing risk exposure to the business in order to satisfy our statutory responsibilities as well as the needs of policyholders and that of our regulators.

You will:

  • Develop and maintain of annuity pricing models in accordance with the Technical Actuarial Standards (where relevant) and End User Computing
  • Contribute to the continuing development of pricing development to help the production of pricing reports in accordance with Canada Life’s standards and policies
  • Provide appropriate support to managers and others to implement recommendations/facilitate change to support the requirements of the business
  • Help drive pricing initiatives to improve the overall annuity proposition.
  • Support / maintain and develop MI produced to support senior leadership.

General responsibilities:

  • Ensure familiarity with risk management programs, as they impact this role, and follow appropriate risk management procedures to control, monitor and report on business activities
  • Ensure compliance with Company policies, regulatory, professional & legal requirements
  • Actively study for the qualification as a FIA (or equivalent)

Technical Expertise:

  • Ideally a demonstrable interest to work in the field of Annuities or other life products
  • Annuity pricing experience would be an advantage but is not essential
  • Good Excel / VBA knowledge would be an advantage

Developing knowledge:

  • Understanding different actuarial disciplines including via student rotation.
  • Developing the ability to interpret as well as analyse financial information to provide insight for immediate line management.
  • Developing knowledge of a variety of statistical methods, models and controls, and their commercial application/implication.
  • Ability to develop and modify actuarial systems and spreadsheets, developing understanding of their commercial application/implication.
  • Intermediate to advanced MS excel skills demonstrating efficient use of spreadsheets and basic data manipulation skills
  • Ability to deliver work to a consistently high standard under tight time pressure with attention to detail


  • Strong analytical and report writing/drafting skills.
  • Can explain complexities in a straightforward and accurate way with coaching or support from managers.

Relationship Building:

  • The ability to develop and maintain strong relationships across the actuarial function, acting with integrity and being a role model for the company values at all times
  • Being able to flex their style and approach to different individuals, with occasional coaching and support, in order to achieve a successful outcome.
  • Taking part in and making a valuable contribution in different roles via actuarial student rotation.

Problem Solving & Accurate Judgement:

  • Able to effectively plan, organise and execute their own work with little supervision, making management aware of conflicting priorities and readjusting their workload accordingly.
  • Good problem solving skills and attention to detail, being able to identify issues and interdependencies, recommending a course of action with support and guidance from colleagues.
  • Can make some decisions independently in order to progress issues, and able to exercise sound judgement and commercial sense to understand the importance of different issues and assess when matters need to be escalated.
  • Proactive in approach to tasks and taking on new responsibilities.

Developing Self:

  • Actively studying for actuarial exams, usually being over half-way through their qualification.
  • An interested and inquisitive individual who is committed to their own ongoing professional and personal development.
  • Developing the ability to apply technical actuarial techniques and understand business/commercial implications.

What you’ll like about working here

As a Canada Life UK colleague, you’ll receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance, along with a generous pension and bonus scheme. You’ll also receive the support you need with your personal and professional development.

Diversity and inclusion

Canada Life is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our role as an employer of choice is to provide the right environment for talented people to do their best work, by respecting, understanding and valuing individual differences

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