November 6, 2014 02:52 AM
[caption id="attachment_2327" align="alignnone" width="300"] Shari Vick, Compliance Team Leader[/caption] When you hear the word “compliance” what do you think about? Lawyers? Legal requirements? Following rules? You probably think of something along those lines. While our product compliance team does deal with following legal requirements, they also do much more than that, including product development, research, policy writing and more. I interviewed Shari Vick, compliance team leader, to learn more about this department and her open position. When friends ask Shari what she does, she has a great way of explaining a complicated job. “I ask them if they have one of the policy types we offer, such as a cancer or accident insurance policy, and then explain that I write those policies and ensure they comply with the law,” Shari explains. Shari’s team collaborates with other areas in the Company to develop products. Her team researches items relating to policies so that they can create a clear, precise policy. For example, for a cancer policy they may need to research various cancer treatments, consult with our medical director about the stages of cancer or determine what would be defined as a home health care. They can then write a policy that can be clearly and fairly implemented. “One of the things I love about my job is that I get to learn about so many topics from the research we do,” said Shari. “To succeed in this job, you really need to love to read because we spend a lot of time reading articles and researching to write policies. You need to be able to read and understand legislation and be able to analyze if it applies to our products. You also need to be able to juggle a variety of projects and collaborate with others.” Sound like fun? You could join Shari’s team! We currently have an opening for a compliance analyst. The team would prefer someone with annuities experience to complement the rest of the team’s experience, but will consider candidates with other types of compliance experience. Check out our previous Day in the Life stories to learn more about the different departments within AFA!