Professional Development Program Associate
Posted on: January 15, 2020
Job Posting End Date: 03/05Unum is a company of people serving
people. As one of the world's leading employee benefits providers
and a Fortune 500 company, Unum's financial protection benefits
help protect more than 36 million working people and their families
from the financial impact of illness or injury. Unum's three
distinct, but similarly focused US businesses - Unum US, Colonial
Life, and Starmount Life - are each a market leader in making
disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, and vision
insurance accessible in the workplace.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Unum has significant US
operations in Portland, Maine, Worcester, Massachusetts, and
Glendale, California with over 35 field offices nationwide.
Colonial Life is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina with
over 40 field offices nationwide. Starmount Life is based in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, and is the dental and vision center of excellence
for Unum in the US.General Summary:This is a new position developed
for the Professional Development Program. The objective of this
program is to develop the participant's management and leadership
skills while accelerating broad business acumen across multiple
core business areas to help further develop them for future
leadership opportunities across the company.
The program consists of 3-4 cross functional job rotations over the
course of 3-4 years. Job rotation assignments may vary from 12-24
months depending on the role, complexity and business needs.
Business area rotations may include benefits, underwriting,
customer services, enrollment, finance and marketing. In addition,
this program includes a programmatic training and development
component that will include a variety of training venues including
classroom, self-study, field visits and project-based work which
will occur throughout the duration of the program. Participants
will each be assigned a leadership level mentor for the duration of
the program to support them in their individualized professional
growth and development plans. As an integral aspect of this
Program, Participants will be expected early on in each rotation to
assume an active role in managing some important aspect of the
business related to their assignment. Participants will also
provide feedback, suggestions and recommendations regarding process
improvements, policies and procedures to the business areas as they
proceed through the program.
Participants will be rigorously assessed after each cross
functional rotation and re-qualified before moving onto the next
phase of the program.Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Successfully complete 3-4 cross-functional job rotations
including all required functional training; outstanding work
performance while in the assigned roles; demonstrated ability to
work collaboratively and effectively with others; self-directed in
completing high quality work within established timelines. At least
one job rotation will be outside of your primary location. Work
locations may include Chattanooga TN, Portland ME, Columbia SC,
Worcester MA, and Dorking United Kingdom.
- Work with a functional management during business rotations to
gain deeper knowledge of each function, the day-to-day operations
and interconnects with other parts of the business.
- Participate in and successfully complete all assigned training
and development courses, assignments and projects. Incorporate and
leverage this knowledge into daily work performance.
- Work on and/or lead special projects, as assigned, that require
research and analysis. May involve partnering with other business
areas to identify and resolve issues.
- Continuous assessment of established training and work
processes to identify areas for effectiveness and efficiency
improvements. Contributes to operating effectiveness through
information sharing, suggested process improvements and effective
implementation of change.
- Working with assigned mentor, develop personal developmental
plan to complement program components to expand professional
- Other duties as assigned.
- Undergraduate degree with GPA of 3.3 or higher
- Bachelor's degree in Finance, Math, Economics or Business is
- Strong internship or equivalent work experience for graduating
- Demonstrated leadership abilities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Creative problem solving and strong analytical reasoning
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Highly motivated and self-directed
- Able to work independently within established timeframes
- Ability to think strategically and respond tactically in a
- Well organized and able to handle multiple priorities at one
- Strong ability to influence, persuade, and negotiate with
- Comfort with ambiguity
Unum and its family of businesses offer world-class training and
development, generous compensation and benefits packages, and a
culture built on employee ideas.
Unum is an equal opportunity employer, considering all qualified
applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement,
without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national
origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or
protected veteran status.
Keywords: Unum, Chattanooga , Professional Development Program Associate, Other , Chattanooga, Tennessee
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