Senior Mortgage Underwriter
Hancock Bank - Baton Rouge, LA

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Summary Approves or denies mortgage loans; reviews mortgage loan applications for completeness to ensure that it meets the guidelines for loan product requested and ensures file complies with regulatory and legal guidelines by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Underwrites conventional Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Veterans Affairs (VA), Rural Housing Development (RD) and portfolio loans

Ensures that appraisals meet investor and bank requirements and that the value conclusion is reasonable and well supported

Reviews all employment, income and asset documentation to ensure that it is accurate and satisfies investor requirements

Reviews credit history and scores to ensure the borrower's credit meets the investor requirements

Reviews all documents and information for potential fraud or misrepresentation and for regulatory compliance

Reviews and evaluates information on mortgage loan documents to determine if buyer, property, and loan conditions meet establishment and government standards

Evaluates acceptability of loan to corporations that buy real estate loans on secondary mortgage markets, where existing mortgages are bought and sold by investors

Approves or rejects loan application, or requests additional information

Records loan rejections, specifying investor and institution guidelines and basis for declining application, such as insufficient cash reserves

Determines terms and acceptability of risk of prospective business

Sets prices for prospective mortgage loan applicants

Approves or rejects loan application, or requests additional information

Assembles documents in loan files, including acceptance or denial, and returns files to originating mortgage loan office

Maintains database on new and existing business

Secondary Duties

Coaches Processors, Loan Officers and Junior Underwriters/Validators when appropriate and works with them to find solutions to problems where possible

Manages and utilizes systems to ensure they accurately reflect the loan request and information (current loan origination system and other investor conduit systems, etc)

Communicates and coordinates necessary approval requirements and files status with appropriate persons (originator, processor, closers, Realtors, builders, etc.)

Participates in implementing second review committee for denied loans

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree; two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience

Language Skills
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing using the English language;
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; Ability to write routine reports and correspondence; Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume; Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

Computer Skills
Ability to learn, or knowledge of, Microsoft Office products to include Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Outlook

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
An FHA DE designation is required and a VA LAP designation is preferred

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Core Values - Has a high level of commitment to service to all of our customers, both external and internal; Honors others and acts with integrity and ethics; Promotes Hancock Holding Company in safety and financial strength and stability; Exhibits teamwork and the value that no one person is more important than another; Accepts personal responsibility for actions.

Business Skills - Pays close attention to detail; Possesses good organizational skills; Has knowledge of basic banking products such as depository accounts and investments.

Analytical - Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.

Change Management - Communicates changes effectively; Prepares and supports those affected by change.

Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.

Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.

Cost Consciousness - Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.

Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence.

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.

Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; Use of hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Assignment of Duties

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Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq: HBHC) is a multi-faceted financial services company with regional business headquarters and locations...