Head of Capital Management

| Chicago, IL, USA
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Argo Group is a leader in specialty insurance with a vibrant culture built on respect, equality, wellness and opportunity. We’re an innovative organization that’s small enough to be agile and big enough to make a difference in our industry.  

Our flexible workplace is continuously evolving to ensure all employees feel: 

  • Comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. 
  • Confident that they will be treated respectfully. 
  • Recognized for their performance and provided with equal opportunities to succeed. 

At Argo, skill meets opportunity. If you’re wired to raise your hand and ask, “Where can I help?”, you’ll thrive with us. 

This is a hybrid (remote/on-site) working arrangement with travel into/work from the Chicago or NYC Office locations required.


The main purpose of this role is to lead the internal economic capital model, rating agency models and regulatory model for Argo Group and support the CRO with all aspects related to capital management strategy. The responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Own and lead the production of a capital dashboard on a quarterly basis that provides a clear view of solvency position of the group across regulatory, rating agency and economic model.
  • Own the operation and development of internal economic capital model which accurately represents the organization’s risk profile.
  • Further establish and develop model to support with portfolio optimization and underwriting strategy.
  • Lead embedded model uses such as reinsurance analysis and optimization, capital allocation and strategic opportunities e.g. M&A, new classes etc.
  • Responsible for calibration of insurance risk and own view of risk on external vendor models (e.g. Economic Scenario Generator).
  • Provide timely and accurate capital metrics to senior management, regulatory bodies and rating agencies.
  • Improve model governance including documentation and processes.
  • Responsible for analysis of model results and 1st line validation.
  • Work closely with CRO and ERM function to support with risk management activities, including designing, building and operating stress and scenario modelling tools to assist with the ORSA.
  • Communicate the benefits and limitations of the economic model to underwriters and executives to drive understanding and confidence in the model outcomes.
  • Support the CRO with capital related projects as these arise and provide capital management insights to strategic initiatives.
  • Active collaboration, and regular communication with key stakeholders and business partners across finance, actuarial, ceded, risk management and other functions is an important part of this role.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Management of end-to-end projects reporting to Chief Risk Officer
  • Integral part of the current design and future development of model components.
  • Ability to build processes and help shape developing projects.
  • Communication of results and opportunities to develop model MI.
  • Work with other group functions to enhance the use of the internal model within the organization.
  • Analysis and communication of solvency position, risk tolerances and capital trends to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) and reviewer on all aspects related to internal capital model.


ROLE REQUIREMENTS - Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in Mathematics, Actuarial, Finance or Science.
  • Qualified actuary.
  • 10 years+ experience required.
  • Experience in leading or working on all areas of an internal model and factor-based models (S&P/ BCAR/ BSCR).
  • Knowledge of catastrophe models, investment analysis, PML calculations.
  • Understanding of different accounting standards – US GAAP, US STAT, Economic etc., preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills
  • High degree of numeracy - ability to analyse data and make sound expert judgements.
  • Ability to work with limited resources to reach successful outcomes.
  • Motivated and an effective team player.
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills and strong organizational skills.
  • Project management and planning skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work quickly with minor supervision.
  • Ability to articulate, to obtain buy-in from different functions.



PLEASE NOTE:  At this time, Argo Group will not sponsor an applicant for employment authorization for this position.

If you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Argo Group, please contact our Benefits Department at 210-321-8400. 

To all recruitment agencies:  Unless you have been requested to work on this position, or other positions with Argo Group, please do not forward any resumes to Argo Group employees.   Argo Group is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. is an underwriter of specialty insurance products in the property and casualty market. Argo offers a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims-handling needs of businesses. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookfield Reinsurance Ltd. Argo and its insurance subsidiaries are rated ‛A-’ by Standard and Poor’s. Argo’s insurance subsidiaries are rated ‛A-’ by A.M. Best. More information about Argo is available at www.argogroup.com.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin or citizenship (including language use restrictions), denial of family and medical care leave, disability (mental and physical) , including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), race, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex (including pregnancy, child birth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, child birth or breastfeeding), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or other status protected by laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. 

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Our Benefits

Developing our employees professionally and personally strengthens our organization.
Argo Group offers an attractive Total Rewards package that includes:

  • A culture that recognizes performance and empowers employees to excel, offering competitive compensation and merit driven profit sharing.
  • Flexible workplace policies that support employee well-being include compressed hours, flex-time, job-sharing, remote work, sabbatical leave, and holiday hours.
  • Comprehensive health, wellness, and financial planning options that employees can tailor to meet their personal and family needs.  In addition to traditional health and wellness plans, benefits include dental, disability, life insurance, medical, and vision insurance, matching 401(k) retirement savings, generous paid time off (21 days of PTO, 11 paid company holidays, 3 floating holidays and a paid voluntary day), paid caregiver and parental leave, paid bereavement, jury duty/court appearances, and military (up to 14 days) leave, employee assistance program (EAP), and an array of voluntary benefits.  
  • Argo Academy, a digital and instructor-led platform that offers continuous learning and professional development – Training magazine lists Argo among the Training "Top 125" Companies.   Argo encourages career mobility and continuing education to pursue and maintain professional and industry designations, in addition to traditional university and higher education programs.
  • An inclusive culture that develops and sponsors diverse teams, encourages cross-functional engagement and collaboration, builds community through employee resource groups (ERGs), and provides an environment that welcomes ongoing dialogue, creative innovation, professional and personal development.
  • Active community outreach and volunteer programs.
  • A generous Employee Referral program that results in approximately 25% of all new hires annually.
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