Senior Actuarial Analyst

West Des Moines, IA

Are you an insurance modeling professional with two or more years of experience and an actuarial and/or technical background?  Do you want to continue your career with an outstanding life insurance organization?  If so, then Homesteaders may have an opportunity for you!

Homesteaders is a market-leading life insurer that has ambitious plans to rapidly grow and better serve an ever-growing segment of the older age market and their families. If you would like to be part of a small team whose work directly contributes to the success of the organization, this could be the role for you. You will have access Leadership from across the organization and develop an enterprise view of the business along with further developing your technical skills and abilities and general business acumen.

In this role, you will work independently, on team-based projects within the department, and as part of cross-functional teams. A successful candidate will have at least 2 years of progressive experience in the life insurance industry with a focus on insurance product financial models. Up to 50% of the role will entail work in MG-ALFA/Integrate developing, improving, and running models on in-force blocks of business, product pricing, and profitability.  As an Actuarial Services team member, you will be responsible for:


  • Modeling block performance and testing changes to assumptions and/or design
  • Developing pricing models for in-force business.
  • Completing new business and inforce modeling for corporate financial projections
  • Cash flow testing including both asset and liability projections
  • Periodic management reporting and administration
  • Peer review of other department members’ work product


As well as Support:


This position will also support other functional areas to implement changes to the administration system, as well as assist in the development of new products, repricing of existing products, corporate projections and reporting of those results.


Homesteaders, a 116-year-old mutual life insurance company based in West Des Moines.  We sell our products through a network of independent agents located throughout the U.S. Our products are used to fund prearranged funerals and we exist to serve our policy holders and funeral home customers.  We act with the highest level of integrity to promote the value of funeral service.  Our mission is to help people design a better farewell; benefiting those they love.  Homesteaders is a leader in the industry and this pride and dedication starts with our employees!


Educational and experience for the position include:

  • Four year college degree preferably in mathematics, actuarial science or a related field. 
  • Minimum completion of two actuarial examinations with intention to secure SOA designation(s) preferred.
  • Two or more years of life insurance experience in the actuarial department or other technical area.
  • A strong understanding of actuarial concepts preferably life insurance product pricing and reserving.
  • Must be proficient in using actuarial modeling software, MG-ALFA/Integrate strongly preferred.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software applications particularly Excel.
  • Experience with PowerBI and data analysis programs a plus.


Other factors for a successful candidate are:


  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyze data, develop hypothesis, present conclusions and defend recommendations.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to follow through and accomplish results with minimum supervision.
  • Must be able to use data available in new and creative ways in order to understand and learn about the characteristics of our customers, consumers, and products.
  • Demonstrated an ability to learn new software applications and to understand how they work.
  • Be able to “deconstruct” calculations to understand the exact nature of how something is done in a software package and evaluate inconsistencies between software packages. 
  • Must have strong documentation skills, and be responsible for adhering to relevant Actuarial Standards of Practice
  • Must be able to work independently and also in a team-based environment. Must be willing to push oneself to find answers independently, but also be willing to seek help from peers/experts when stuck.
  • Candidate must be flexible to accommodate changing department and corporate priorities.
  • Must have or develop presentation skills to communicate results of work completed to multiple audiences (actuarial peers, Sales leadership, Company Leadership, etc.)




  • Company-sponsored group medical and dental insurance
  • Company-provided life insurance
  • Company-matched 401(k) plan
  • An all employee incentive pay program
  • Great work schedule - 4.5-day work week year-round. (Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and until 1 p.m. on Friday)
  • Ability to have a hybrid work schedule
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Company-supported training and development
  • Beautiful facilities including a full-service cafeteria, walking trail and fitness center
  • Excellent starting pay!


Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications?  Research shows men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. If you believe that you would excel in this role, we encourage you to apply!

We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to the workforce, returning to work after a gap in employment, or taking the next step in your career path, we will be delighted to have you as part of our candidate pool. Apply today!