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Professional Development Program Associate

Discover a Thriving Career
We want you to have more than a job; we want you to have a career where you can grow, make a difference and be empowered to bring your best self to work.
As part of our company, you’ll join our purpose to help the working world thrive throughout life’s moments. Our workplace benefits provide millions of people affordable access to disability, life, critical illness, dental, vision and more. These benefits help our customers protect their families, their finances and their futures.  
As a Fortune 500 company and international benefits leader, we owe our continued success to the innovation, integrity and unwavering customer focus of our talented teams – teams that make our more than 10,000 strong across our locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Poland.

General Summary

This three-to-four-year rotational program is designed to give participants experience in a wide variety of roles. Each experience is unique, allowing the flexibility to pursue individual interests, develop strengths, and prepare for a successful leadership career.

With the design to strategically position participants for a leadership position, the success speaks for itself – with 100% of program graduates successfully transitioning into manager or above roles upon completion.

We seek highly motivated inclusive leaders with the intellectual curiosity to keep up with the fast-paced, ever-changing business environment. Our participants are empowered to deliver upon our purpose and create a differentiated experience for our customers around the globe.

Program Specifics
·        Three-to-four year rotational program with each rotation lasting 12-18 months depending on role, complexity and business needs
·        Rotations may include (but are not limited to): Benefits, Underwriting, Customer Services, Enrollment, Finance, and Digital Transformation
·        Work locations may include: Chattanooga, TN; Portland, ME; Columbia, SC; Baton Rouge, LA; and Dorking, United Kingdom. Associates are strongly encouraged to work at two locations during their time in the program
·        Lead and collaborate with others on highly visible, enterprise-wide projects and initiatives
·        Stretch and grow in an environment that encourages curiosity, celebrates innovative thinking
·        Experience robust leadership training and skill development through outside vendors, leadership summits, and presentations from our senior leaders
·        Interact with senior leaders through an assigned mentor, as well as networking, coaching, and personalized development plan opportunities
Benefits and Culture:
We promote innovation, expand possibilities, and enable the future of our industry.
As a part of our diverse, equitable and caring community, you’ll be encouraged to bring your whole self to work. Our ever-evolving workforce is provided the benefits, tools and resources to thrive both professionally and personally. These include:
·        17 to 30 paid days off, plus three personal and eight company closure days
·        Up to 9.5% 401(k) employer contribution
·        An annual bonus based upon performance
·        Generous paid time off for volunteer activities
·        Student debt relief and up to $5,250 in tuition reimbursement for course completion or professional certifications to advance your career
·        Medical, dental, vision and voluntary benefits with savings plans and prescription drug coverage
·        Robust mental health support programs with access to our Mental Health First Aider Program, onsite counselors and more
Learn more about our robust employee benefits package, workplace culture, career growth and flexibility on our website:
·        Bachelor’s degree (Business, Finance, Economics or Math is preferred)
·        3.0 cumulative GPA
·        Ability to demonstrate leadership (on campus, in your community, or from past work - we love to see examples in your application!)
·        Comfort with ambiguity necessary as you will be placed in various roles, encounter diverse leadership styles, and develop new business processes as part of your rotational experience
·        Creative problem solving and strong analytical skills
·        Motivation to complete quality work by established deadlines
·        Demonstrate ability to handle multiple priorities at one time
·        Capability to lead and collaborate with others on highly visible, enterprise-wide projects and initiatives
·        Strong ability to influence, persuade, and negotiate with others
Duties and Responsibilities:
·        Successfully complete 3-4 cross-functional job rotations, including all required training development courses, assignments, and projects, while incorporating this knowledge into daily work to drive results for enterprise
·        Demonstrate outstanding performance during assigned roles
·        Partner with functional management team during business rotations to gain deeper knowledge of each function, the day-to-day operations and how the business unit interconnects with other areas of the business
·        Work with assigned mentor and develop personal development plan
·        Develop and maintain a strong and specialized working knowledge of Unum’s products, services and business processes
·        Openness to serve as an informal leader/mentor to junior level peers, including interns preparing for a transition into the Professional Development Program
·        Openness to manage a team
·        Work on and/or lead special projects, as assigned, that require research, analysis and operational effectiveness evaluations
Possess strong communication skills to present all issues and resolutions identified to leadership