Posted On: 7-26-2021
Position Title: Life Customer Contact Specialist
Job Location: Remote
Apply: Contact Chad Andree at

This person will communicate verbally with policyowners, agents, third parties and internal support departments in matters relating to customer needs. Approach all interactions with the customer at the forefront, using the corporate shared values as the guide for all interactions.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for front line/customer facing in responding to inbound calls by providing support to agents, policy owners, third parties or others in verbal and written communication using a professional and friendly approach. Calls must be handled according to company policy and procedure, Service Level and Quality Standard Agreements.
  • Answer calls regarding, but not limited to: policy values, various features and rider benefits, coverage options, indexed and variable policy performance, products, interest rates, address changes and allocation changes, withdrawals, surrenders, transfers and exchanges, beneficiary changes, ownership changes, guideline and regulations, annual and quarterly statements, completing forms and provide standard established turnaround times, as applicable.
  • Acquire and maintain working knowledge of company products. This includes staying familiar with the most up-to-date changes to procedures as well as completing any required training courses.
  • Field questions regarding policy loans, billing and accounting processing, grace processing and lapse notification.
  • Display a working knowledge of premium and contribution regulations.
  • Correctly identify appropriate regulations to ensure proper handling of requests. Verify and provide explanation for tax documents.
  • Consult and coordinate with all other applicable departments including New Business, Agency Services, Sales and Marketing, Customer Correspondence and the Annuity/Life Division.
  • Submit accurate and timely requests via workflow system to ensure work item is handled in accordance with varying departmental procedures. Have working knowledge of each department’s job function and all designated service level agreements to manage end user expectations.
  • Meet departmental expectations for phone and written quality, average handle time, held and consulted calls and availability checks.
  • Navigate and provide direction to agents and policy owners to access policy information via external websites. Troubleshoot website display errors, assist with setting up notification preferences, requesting illustrations and reviewing policy correspondence.
  • Identify, communicate and proactively work to solve problems or issues before a service breakdown or complaint occurs.
  • Maintain multiple job functions such as incoming calls, e-mails, noting files, faxing, while being flexible between high and low call volumes while displaying exemplary customer service skills.
  • Efficiently navigate multiple systems as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Provide trends and feedback to department leadership to be shared with division and senior leadership, as received through communications with customers or agents. Openly discuss concerns within the area and/or team and provide ideas for improvement. Look for ways to improve a process and/or procedure and openly discuss your thoughts.
  • Promote teamwork by supporting team members and sharing knowledge; provide feedback and coaching ideas for peer mentoring and personal development.
  • Participate and apply continued training on additional job functions for department advancement. Participate in developmental workforce courses and apply learning.
  • Assist management with determining and implementing efficient workflow methods.
  • Drive to meet/exceed all performance goals including KPIs (key performance indicators), SLAs (service level agreements) and other communicated standards.
  • Proactively participate in daily huddle board discussions offering ideas, insights and support.
  • Actively participate in problem solving sessions (standard work, root cause problem solving, etc.) as requested by your manager.
  • Take ownership of implementing standard work and other changes into your daily work processes.
  • Continuously strive to create a positive customer experience throughout all customer interactions, request processing/handling, and problem-solving efforts.
  • Commitment to embrace SFG shared values (Respect, Accountability, Integrity, and Openness)
  • As stated within the Company Attendance and Punctuality policy, regular attendance is required and expected in order to meet the business service levels and workflow demands.


What we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Previous customer service/call center experience preferred
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with agents and policyowners
  • Must have knowledge of and ability to maneuver through multiple information screens
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have strong organizational skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently or in a team environment
  • Able to adapt to frequent change
  • Due to the financial nature and level of accountability of this position, a credit and criminal background check is required

Reports to: Manager, Customer Contact