Actuary - Model Validation Specialist (Corporate Vice President)

  • Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • 20 Sep 17

Actuary - Model Validation Specialist (Corporate Vice President)

New York Life Insurance Company ("New York Life" or "the company") is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States*. Founded in 1845, New York Life is headquartered in New York City, maintains offices in all fifty states, and owns Seguros Monterrey New York Life in Mexico.
New York Life is one of the most financially strong and highly capitalized insurers in the business. The company reported 2016 operating earnings of $1.954 billion. Total assets under management at year end 2016, with affiliates, totaled $538 billion. As of year-end 2016, New York Life's surplus was $23.336 billion**. New York Life holds the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer from all four of the major ratings agencies: A.M. Best, A++; Fitch AAA; Moody's Aaa; Standard & Poor's AA+. (Source: Individual Third Party Ratings Report as of 8/17/16).
Financial strength, integrity and humanity-the values upon which New York Life was founded-have guided the company's decisions and actions for over 170 years.
The Model Risk Team works independently of the business units as a second line of defense function to identify and reduce model risk across New York Life (NYL). This work ensures that model output data are both accurate and reliable so that they can be used to support decision-making and reporting.

• Drive collaboration with business units to effectively coordinate and execute model risk management activities
• Track enterprise-wide compliance with the Model Risk Management Policy
• Thoroughly validate actuarial models in accordance with the Model Validation Management Policy and the Three Lines of Defense framework
• Maintain the NYL model inventory and model risk dashboard to inform management decision making
• Monitor and implement emerging model risk management best practices

• Fellow of the Society of Actuaries with minimum 8 years of rotational experience in life insurance and annuities; expertise in asset management and accounting a plus
• Ability to think strategically about Model Risk Governance and strategy; history of employing Model Risk Governance procedures preferred
• Strong critical and creative thinking skills with ability to synthesize data and challenge the concepts underlying modeling decisions
• Strong modeling, analytical, and technical skills
• Superb written and verbal communication skills
• High standard of accuracy and attention to detail
• Interest in understanding all aspects of the work
• Ability to become a trusted partner and implement change
• Comfortable working in a team environment

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* Based on revenue as reported by "Fortune 500, ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual)," Fortune Magazine, June 17, 2016. See for methodology.
** Total surplus, which includes the Asset Valuation Reserve, is one of the key indicators of the company's long-term financial strength and stability and is presented on a consolidated basis of the company.
1. Operating earnings is the key measure use by management to track Company's profitability from ongoing operations and underlying profitability of the business. This indicator is based on generally accepted accounting principles in the US (GAAP), with certain adjustments Company believes to be appropriate as a measurement approach (non GAAP), primarily the removal of gains or losses on investments and related adjustments.
2. Assets under management represent Consolidated Domestic and International insurance Company Statutory assets (cash and invested assets and separate account assets) and third party assets principally managed by New York Life Investment management Holdings LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company.