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Actuarial Director, Annuity Experience Studies

Boston, Massachusetts Actuarial Job ID R14606

Actuarial Director, Annuity Experience Studies

Strategic Actuarial Initiatives Team


Boston, MA or Springfield, MA

The Opportunity

This is an opportunity to join a thriving insurance organization. Growth, innovation and a consistent focus on policyholders and customers sets MassMutual apart and gives them a competitive edge in the market. We consistently challenge the organization to deliver stronger and better methods to achieve results and as a result are generating double digit sales growth year after year. 

The Team

As a key member of the Strategic Actuarial Initiatives team, MassMutual is looking for an enthusiastic, well-rounded and motivated actuary to lead the Annuity Experience Studies team within the broader Corporate Actuarial and Business Analytics (CABA) team. In this function, this individual will be accountable for experience studies and related liability actuarial assumptions across MassMutual’s annuity products and is expected to successfully partner with the pricing teams of the various businesses, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and CABA.

The Impact

  • Lead a team of individuals who are responsible for performing the Annuity experience studies and developing recommendations for actuarial assumptions related to lapses, partial withdrawals, premium deposits and other dynamic policy holder behavior analysis across all of MassMutual’s businesses
  • Help drive the vision by focusing data analytics and storytelling related to MassMutual’s financials and future expectations based on emerging trends
  • Lead the Experience Studies and Assumptions Group (ESAG) Working Group to provide thought leadership on experience study & monitoring topics and collaborate with subject matter experts in Pricing, Valuation, Asset Liability Management (ALM) and ERM areas to approve liability assumptions according to company governance standards.
  • Collaborate with Data Science to evaluate new predictive models and provide thought leadership on recommended assumption changes
  • Stay abreast of on-going business changes and incorporate that knowledge with critical analysis of experience data to drive solid recommendations to support the Pricing, Valuation and In-Force Management areas
  • Closely collaborate with the Actuarial Data Science team in the development of COntinuous Monitoring Experience Tool (COMET)
  • Own various regulatory requirements related to experience data and assumptions and collaboratively recommend participation in Industry studies
  • Support the development and implementation of experience studies best practices, promote consistency, where applicable, with non-Annuity experience studies, and ensure adherence to corporate standards on assumption development
  • Monitor emerging regulations and Annuity experience trends as they impact applicable aspects of liability assumptions and related actuarial work
  • Potential opportunities to participate on select U.S., International and Corporate projects and initiatives, as applicable, including direct or indirect collaboration and participation in various industry groups (e.g. SOA)

The Minimum Qualifications

  • Fellow of Society of Actuaries (FSA), or equivalent professional credential from recognized professional actuarial association
  • 7+ years of insurance and annuity experience, preferably in the U.S. market, in areas such as experience studies, pricing, valuation and/or reinsurance

The Ideal Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of actuarial concepts and practices; experience with quantifying, analyzing and managing a range of assumptions and/or product risks
  • Innovative, self-motivated and independent with strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills; comfortable dealing with both complexity and ambiguity, and able to explore multiple solutions to problems and challenges
  • Effective time management, planning and organization skills
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and influencing skills: ability to convey complex issues, explain methodologies and influence resolutions in writing and orally
  • Keen team player with strong leadership and partnership abilities
  • Ability to rapidly respond to changes in direction, tight deadlines and high-pressure situations

What to Expect as Part of MassMutual and the Team

  • Regular meetings with the Experience Studies team
  • Focused one-on-one meetings with your manager
  • Access to mentorship opportunities
  • Networking opportunities including access to Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, African American, women, LGBTQ, veteran and disability-focused Business Resource Groups
  • Access to learning content on Degreed and other informational platforms
  • Your ethics and integrity will be valued by a company with a strong and stable ethical nosiness with industry leading pay and benefits


MassMutual is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Individual with Disability/Protected Veteran. We welcome all persons to apply. Note: Veterans are welcome to apply, regardless of their discharge status.

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Salary Range: $144,800.00-$190,000.00 Apply

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