Job Description

Description
 
The New Business Associate is accountable to provide excellent customer service by processing all aspects of life insurance applications for both Advisor and Direct to Consumer from case set-up to policy contract issue and settlement, within established service standards. Producing high quality work is essential to this position.
This position is the first line of customer service for BMO Insurance.  The incumbent must display a strong sense of professionalism as well as superior customer service skills to ensure the best possible experience for our clients.

Accountabilities 

Customer Service
  • Process life insurance applications for both Advisor and Direct to Consumer channels in an efficient manner to meet service level standards for New Business
  • Issue and settle  policy contracts in an efficient manner to meet service and quality level standards 
  • Address customer services issues according to established parameters, escalating as required to the Manager, New Business for resolution.  Demonstrate sound judgement in the handling of customer interactions and appropriate escalation to management
  • Understand and follow established policies and procedures in the processing of new business applications, issuing and settling of policy contracts
  • Exhibit a strong sense of broker partnership and commitment to service, and carry out functions with an extremely high sense of urgency
  • Investigate and resolve inquiries from the field and other team members related to specific cases
  • Collaborate with Underwriting and Underwriting Support staff to exchange information and facilitate an efficient decision by the underwriter
  • Effectively communicate with field representatives to obtain any outstanding requirements
  • Provide accurate and professional service to MGAs, advisors and  policyholders by telephone, mail or e-mail including, but not limited to, the following activities:
  • Answering advisor inquiries to provide accurate information about BMO Life Assurance applications
  • Run policy illustrations to verify premium calculations are correct  
  • Liaise with internal departments to ensure the accurate and timely exchange of information
  • Performing simple and complex New Business administrative tasks, as required for the processing of insurance applications
  • Managing time sensitive financial transactions which requires understanding of market timing and the impact of backdating
  • Understanding the impact of the movement of money within the organization as it relates to GAAP and AML guidelines to meet OSFI audit requirements
Risk Management
  • Adhere to all aspects of First Principles our code of Business Conduct and Ethics including individual accountability as it relates to potential conflicts of interest, safeguarding of customer information, trading in securities, anti-money laundering, privacy and disclosure of outside business activities
  • Accuracy and timeliness of the work completed by this role is critical to BMO Life Insurance’s reputational risk
Qualifications
 

Knowledge and Skills


Knowledge

  • High school diploma

  • University/College graduates preferred

  • Completion of introductory LOMA courses (LOMA 1 and 2)

  • Working knowledge of life insurance products, particularly Universal Life, Traditional Life and Critical Illness product features, and channels

  • 1-2 years’ experience in Life Insurance; New Business or Customer Service area preferred

  • In-depth knowledge of all systems used to administer cases; including INGENIUM, WinRisk, CAPS-I-L, NUMS, Work Management and Digital Library FileNet

Skills
  • Strong customer service orientation

  • Ability to effectively multi-task 

  • Ability to handle high pressure situations with very tight turnaround requirements

  • Excellent English Written and Oral Communication skills 

  • Fluently bilingual in French and English (required if Bilingual position)

  • Excellent Organization skills 

  • Productivity focused: Able to consistently process a high volume of tasks on a daily basis

  • Ability to make sound transactional decisions in accordance with policies and directives

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

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