Great-West Financial Empower Retirement

  • Retirement Financial Planning Researcher

    Location US-CO-Denver (DTC)
    Posted Date 3 months ago(1/26/2018 12:21 PM)
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  • Position Highlights

    Be Bold Be Brilliant


    Would you like to be a part of one of America's leading financial services firms? Great-West Financial is the nation’s second largest insurer in sales of individual life insurance through banks. We also offer annuity and executive benefits products. Under Empower Retirement, we provide employer sponsored retirement plans as the nation’s second largest retirement plan provider.


    Our over 5,000 associates across 40 locations across the country provide world class service to:


    30,000+ employer sponsored retirement plans

    8 million+ employees participating in their employer-sponsored retirement plan

    467,700+ individual life insurance and annuity accounts

    $460 billion+ total assets under administration


    The Research group at Empower is integral both in the successful day-to-day functioning of the firm and in helping develop Empower’s long-term strategy. The team produces high-quality, thought-leadership research on investments and financial planning that improves outcomes for retirement investors.


    We are seeking a researcher for our Denver offices to help deliver these key services. Researchers are expected to produce high-quality, academically grounded research to support and enhance our financial planning capabilities. Research findings are implemented within our financial planning software and shared through white papers and presentations.

    Primary Responsibilities

    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


    • Develop and maintain monte carlo based financial planning models, continuously improve the capabilities of the model to help address complexities related to near and in retirement financial planning, and provide oversight of the implementation of the model in production
    • Work closely with our product team to develop solutions that meet our clients’ needs, goals and preferences in a reliable, cost effective, and transparent way
    • Work closely with our technology team to implement software solutions that provide financial planning advice to our 8 million plus investors
    • Conduct rigorous empirical research related to investor behavior and trends to improve product design and develop though leadership in the form of white papers and presentations
    • Discuss Empower’s philosophy, process, and strategies with clients and prospects
    • Review the latest advances in the academic work on financial planning to continually improve the product and outcomes for investors



    • Candidates must have, or be near completion of an advanced degree in a discipline such as finance, economics, mathematics, or statistics.
    • Ideal candidates will have some experience doing empirical research with large datasets, a strong background in econometrics and statistics, strong programming skills in one or more languages such as R, SQL, SAS, Matlab, C++, or Python. 
    • The position requires an excellent ability to communicate financial and economic concepts, in both verbal and written form, and the ability to independently complete research projects, from idea generation to paper publication or strategy implementation. Strong candidates will also have exceptional attention to detail as well as imagination and creativity.

    About Great-West Financial

    At Great-West Financial® and Empower Retirement, our more than 5,700 global associates are dedicated to helping customers secure their financial futures. We offer a range of retirement savings products, life insurance, annuities and investment services from offices across the country. If you’re interested in joining a company that enjoys a record of strong performance and is rich in history yet innovative, bold and transformative, then our organization is an outstanding place for you to grow and succeed. We’re an equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. We’re also committed to providing a drug-free workplace.


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