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Zurich NA Senior Underwriter-Accident & Health in Chicago, Illinois

Senior Underwriter-Accident & Health


Zurich Insurance is currently looking for a Senior Underwriter for our Group Accident Segment in our Chicago or San Francisco Office. This is a highly technical, position that will support Zurich’s growth initiatives within Accident & Health. As a member of Zurich's Group Accident Underwriting Team you will enjoy the opportunity to fully apply and hone your underwriting and marketing skills. Specifically, you will underwrite and analyze new and renewal business utilizing The Zurich Way of Underwriting Framework within delegated authority levels.

Group Accident offers a portfolio of products designed to help protect against financial hardship resulting from accidental death, accidental injury unexpected illness and/or trip cancellation/travel inconvenience, including Business Travel Accident, Voluntary AD&D, Basic AD&D, Participant Accident, Student Accident, Personal Accident, Critical Illness, Student Travel and Leisure Travel.

The position will have technical, transactional and market facing responsibilities; and it will also make contributions in the areas of product/proposition development, marketing, fulfillment and portfolio management.

Our Underwriters are responsible for:


  • Generating, underwriting and analyzing Group Corporate Accident & Group Special Risk business

  • Complying with underwriting rules and guidelines, insurance laws and regulations and rating manual rules

  • Managing a portfolio of accounts

  • Developing and maintaining agency and broker relationships

  • Providing superior service to our broker partners and customers

  • Working within broad limits and authorities on complex assignments

  • Developing a pipeline of business

  • Collaborating and cross selling with other stakeholders and lines of business within Zurich

Basic Qualifications:


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area


  • Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 3 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area


  • Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 8 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office

  • Experience working on time restraints for quotes on new and renewal business

  • Experience working in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Accident and Health underwriting experience

  • Ability to effectively assess risk

  • Strong broker relationships (West Coast)

  • Superior skills in relationship building, active listening, needs analysis, and win-win negotiation.

  • Possess a high level of customer service by meeting or exceeding broker and or customer expectations

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Strong knowledge of underwriting philosophy, techniques, national/local filing regulations and guideline

  • Microsoft Office skills

Imagine working for a company that truly cares about their employees, customers, stakeholders, and communities they serve.

Imagine working for a values-driven organization that has the ambition and desire to be the best global insurance provider in the world.

Zurich is that place where 55,000 employees across approximately 200 countries and territories are all focused on helping people and helping companies protect what is truly most important to them. We are a values-driven organization that takes pride in the work that we do every day and we have the ambition to be the best global insurer in the world.

EOE disability/vets

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Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Chicago

Other Locations: United States-California-San Francisco

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 15 % of the Time

Relocation Available No

Job Posting 06/10/19

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 1900041K

It is the Policy of Zurich in North America, as an equal opportunity employer, to attract and retain the best-qualified individuals available, without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or protected veteran status.