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American Equity Associate Actuary, Financial Planning & Analysis - Actuarial in West Des Moines, Iowa



The Associate Actuary focuses exclusively on designing and enhancing a model to execute financial planning and analysis on capital at the holding company level, delivering transparent, clear, and accurate capital metrics with limited oversight. The incumbent plans, develops and evaluates results with Company pricing, valuation, reserving and/or financial reporting actuarial activities. The Associate demonstrates a strong understanding of actuarial science, with commitment to applying that knowledge to financial planning and analysis work. Independent judgment in interpreting and applying that knowledge is required.


  • Leads the design and build of a robust model to support the actuarial side of financial planning and analysis.

  • Partners with our accounting team to deliver capital metrics for management reporting on a quarterly basis, such as RBC, BCAR and S&P’s CAR.

  • Applies knowledge on GAAP, STAT, Tax and Economic principles to project future cash flows and quantifies impacts to the income statement and balance sheet.

  • Applies knowledge on reinsurance agreements to model reinsurance treaty settlements and quantify impacts to the income statement and balance sheet.

  • Performs analysis to test valuation and financial results and trends, documents findings and presents to leadership.

  • Completes minimum continuing education requirement to remain current with the latest public policy and professionalism developments.

  • Completes career development work as assigned.

  • Ensures timely and accurate reporting, validation and analysis of assets and liabilities, as well as delivery of required reporting items.

  • Completes reporting deliverables on a monthly or quarterly cycle, reviews and interprets results and takes appropriate action.

  • Performs audit validation, maintaining accurate valuation assumptions and inputs.

  • Ensures timely and accurate preparation, validation and delivery on external audit and internal audit.

  • Maintains satisfactory exam performance as a member of the Actuarial Student Program.

  • Performs actuarial work on a range of projects.

  • Performs other related work as assigned.


None required for this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in actuarial science, mathematics, statistics or related field of study, plus three (3) years of related actuarial experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.


  • Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) designation is required.


  • Understanding of actuarial principles and practices and ability to apply that knowledge.

  • General knowledge of the life and annuity industry and products.

  • Strong statistical and advanced math skills.

  • Strong technology/systems aptitude and advanced Excel and modeling skills.

  • Strong, proven analytical and problem solving skills, including ability to research and analyze data with little instruction.

  • Exceptional attention to numeric and other detail.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents from regulatory agencies, and other members of the business community.

  • Ability to apply actuarial principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems, including dealing with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to effectively present information to management.

  • Able to multi-task in an environment with shifting priorities in a face-paced work environment with shifting priorities and unpredictable workflow.

  • Strong customer service orientation.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work cooperatively and successfully with employees, customers, and other outside third parties.

  • Strong organizational and planning skills.

  • Proficient in the use of MicroSoft Office Suite.

This description covers the major purpose and essential functions of the job. It is not intended to give all details or a step-by-step account of the way each task is to be performed. Employees may receive other job related instructions and be required to perform other job related work requested by their manager. All requirements are subject to possible modification to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.