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Life Actuary - Zurich

Date Posted
18th December 2014
Stone 6237
Life, Risk Management
Job Type
Excellent Benefits

Job Description Apply: Life Actuary - Zurich

As a key member of the Global Life Actuarial Methodology and Developments team you will be responsible for the implementation and development of various actuarial methodologies and processes across the Global Life segment for both internal and external purposes.

In this permanent position, you will have an outstanding opportunity to contribute to diverse workstreams contributing to Zurich’s economic capital calculations, encompassing the Swiss Solvency Test, MCEV, Solvency II and Zurich’s internal metrics. You will have the chance to gain detailed first-hand insights into each, from a truly global perspective, delivering insightful analysis to support the embedding of the approaches you develop. In so doing, you will need to build effective working relationships with diverse teams right across Zurich.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Portfolio responsibility for selected GLA-agreed deliverables in respect of Group’s Solvency II project, Swiss Solvency Test, and Zurich’s Internal Economic Capital model
  • Review, maintenance and development of existing actuarial methodology and related template tools
  • Training and support to wider teams on methodology and developments for global embedding in business units, within GLA and to non-actuarial teams
  • Keeping abreast of latest industry developments and best practice on life actuarial methodologies in respect of assigned aspects to provide corresponding advice and support, and inform development of methodology
  • Collaboration with local teams to support global implementation of selected group-level life actuarial methodologies


  • Qualified actuary
  • A minimum of 3 years post-qualification experience of life insurance or reinsurance either in a life office or consultancy
  • Strong background in financial economics, statistics and / or actuarial science
  • Sound knowledge of risk and capital management techniques and theory
  • Fluent English and strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Proficiency in VBA essential. Additionally proficiency in other mathematical software programming languages e.g. R, SPlus, Matlab would be beneficial
  • Expert knowledge of market-consistent valuation techniques in particular in respect of life business for both assets and liabilities
  • Detailed knowledge of one or more economic solvency regimes e.g. Swiss Solvency Test, Solvency II is a distinct advantage
  • Highly cooperative, flexible, and enthusiastic team-player
  • Strong sense of responsibility and adherence to deadlines
  • Strong documentation filing and coding standards discipline
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and project management skills


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