Senior underwriters analyze new loan applications to determine whether an applicant should be administered a loan. They may analyze the ability to pay, credit score, and how much is being requested, and the submitted information should be verified during this process. It's also important to determine whether the application fulfills certain parameters of various loans.
Additional information should occasionally be requested from the applicant, and all risks must be analyzed to determine the likelihood of such risks coming to realization. Therefore, strong knowledge of different types of loans, requirements, and laws relating to underwriting is required, and it's also important to keep up with changes in underwriting standards and regulations that apply. When loan requirements are not met, the loan must be declined.
Senior underwriters may also prepare details for applicants regarding what steps should be taken to qualify for a loan, or what alternatives are available. Although they do not usually work directly with customers, they do work with several inside and outside parties, such as appraisers, title companies, mortgage officers, and real estate agents, so strong communication skills are highly beneficial in this position, though much of the work is done independently. A bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field may be a minimum requirement for this position, and significant work experience is also required.
Senior Underwriter Tasks
Assess eligibility of clients' applications to receive capital, insurance, mortgage, or credit.
Evaluate collateral and ensure portfolio credit quality.
Structure products to meet clients' needs.