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Vice President Applied Research/Analytics, Commercial Markets

Lead the predictive modeling and applied research function for the Commercial Markets division; provide strategic direction regarding best practices, prioritization, and business insight and model implementation.

The Hartford Company: The Hartford
Location: Hartford, CT
Web: www.thehartford.com

Qualified and interested candidates may submit a resume to stephanie.scoon@thehartford.com.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President Middle Market, the Vice President Applied Research & Analytics will lead the predictive modeling and applied research function for The Hartford's Commercial Markets division. The Vice President provides strategic direction regarding best practices, prioritization, and business insight and model implementation for all Commercial Lines insurance products (including Commercial Auto, Business Owners Policy, Property, General Liability, Workers Compensation and Group Benefits) and overall thought leadership on product development and segmentation.

The Vice President ensures a variety of robust statistical techniques such as multivariate analyses (e.g. generalized linear modeling, regression, clustering, trees, etc.) are being used to construct models and models are properly implemented. He/she works with the Product area to achieve a high level of acceptance. The Vice President also is responsible for ensuring that models meet the needs of the business by partnering with business leaders on their strategic focus and driving appropriate performance monitoring and reports on progress.

The Vice President manages a department of 20+ quantitative analysts and modelers, plus an offshore team. In addition, this position manages Claim Research for Commercial and Consumer Markets and manages our Non-Traditional Research unit in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • Manage the day-to-day work in the Applied Research organization. Drive the organization to achieve best practices, ensuring work is technically correct, peer reviewed, properly documented and meets company standards in terms of enterprise risk management.
  • Manage projects to a conclusion and ensure that results are communicated to the business partners in a clear concise fashion
  • See that models are refreshed on a timely basis, and a performance monitoring system is implemented
  • Ensure models are properly implemented and we have the highest level of "buy in" from internal customers as well as the Field. This would include things like dislocation analysis, compliance issues, etc., along with any communication plans.
  • Ensure continuous improvement and innovation; see that our tools and capabilities use the newest technologies available. Improve our timelines in terms of speed to market. Always be looking for additional external sources of data and additional variables that can upgrade our existing toolkit.
  • Partner with business customers and other thought leaders to identify research and/or business opportunities that Research can support and help develop.
  • Be a strategic thought partner with the businesses to assist in identifying projects / opportunities that may pay dividends in the long term.
  • Oversee, develop and train staff and consultants. Provide direction and assistance on an ongoing basis to ensure group has knowledge and technical experience to execute against stated agenda.
  • Bachelors degree in Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Quantitative Economics or a similar field is required. Advanced Degree (M.S., PHD) in a highly technical/mathematical discipline preferred.
  • Certification as a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) a plus.
  • 15+ years experience in a quantitative research function in Insurance or Financial Services or related industry. Strong knowledge of processes and data.
  • 5+ years in a leadership role including experience directing a team, setting priorities and plans to meet business goals and objectives. Experience managing technical personnel in project based environment.
  • Extensive experience with predictive modeling including knowledge of statistical theory (regression and multivariate statistics) and data mining techniques and their applications in Insurance.
  • Demonstrated expertise with at least one of the following statistical software packages: SAS, SPSS, S-PLUS, EMBLEM. Fluent in the Microsoft suite particularly Excel, Word & Powerpoint.
  • Very strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Must be best practice driven and able to drive new methodologies into organization.
  • Responsive to service needs and operational demands.
  • Demonstrated track record of executing change to core business processes through the innovative use of quantitative techniques.
Qualified and interested candidates may submit a resume to stephanie.scoon@thehartford.com.

About The Hartford:
The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG) is a leading provider of insurance and wealth management services for millions of consumers and businesses worldwide. The Hartford is consistently recognized for its superior service, its sustainability efforts and as one of the world's most ethical companies. In 2011, The Hartford reported revenues of $21.9 billion. More information on the company and its financial performance is available at www.thehartford.com.

The Hartford is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Hartford maintains a drug free workplace

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