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Underwriting Specialist

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Department: Group Benefits

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Job Summary: 

This position is responsible for providing analytics excellence for our small to mid-size Group Benefits clients including:

  •  Assessment, negotiation, report writing and presentation preparation related to group renewals;
  • Peer review analysis of regular reporting;
  • Assessment, negotiation and report/presentation preparation for marketing and peer review of quote comparisons;
  • Participate with consultants in renewal and marketing meetings and/or presentations as required;
  • Analysis of carrier change financial/rate implications to client’s budget;
  • Analysis of carrier financial reports & peer review of estimated financials;
  • Price and analyze costings including assessment and analysis of alternative funding arrangements;
  •  Analysis of financial benchmarking and preparation of reports;
  • Analyze and peer review employee survey questionnaire and presentation;
  • Perform commission reconciliations and analysis;
  • Assist on specific projects, initiatives and research;
  • Provide support to Senior Underwriting Specialists as required.

 New Business specific components:

  • Any of the above in demonstrating services to win a prospect (eg. experience, renewal or financial review, cost comparisons, benchmarking etc.)
  • Participate in request for proposals (RFP) documents if underwriting analysis and expertise if necessary


  • Minimum 2-3 years experience in the Group Benefits industry an asset;
  • University Degree/College Diploma (or working equivalent);
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint including excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, and CRM.
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal in both official languages;
  • Strong prioritization skills and flexibility to work in a fast paced environment;
  • Strong attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy;
  • Able to work independently and self-motivated.

Cowan Insurance Group Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employee candidates will be selected strictly on the basis of an individual’s technical qualifications, knowledge and experience, as they relate to the requirements of a particular position.  Selections will be made without regard to: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex, sexual orientation, handicaps (physical or mental), age, marital status, family status, or the receipt of public assistance or record of offences.

Cowan has an accommodation process in place and provides accommodations for employees with disabilities. If you require a specific accommodation because of a disability or a medical need, please contact the undersigned so that arrangements can be made for the appropriate accommodations to be in place before you begin your employment.

A pre-eminent Canadian owned and operated insurance brokerage and consulting operation, Cowan Insurance Group represents leading national and international insurance companies. Cowan specializes in property, casualty and credit insurance, providing the best value to businesses, organizations and individuals for their insurance and risk management needs. The organization also advises and creates retirement, group benefits, disability management and international benefits programs for employee groups and offers wealth management, financial planning and succession planning services to individuals through its wholly owned financial services subsidiary. Cowan Insurance Group has over 430 employees and currently operates in ten locations across Ontario.  Cowan subsidiary companies include The Williamson Group, Wentworth Financial Services, Cowan Financial Solutions and Millennium CreditRisk Management.  For additional information about Cowan Insurance Group, please refer to www.cowangroup.ca. 





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