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Zurich NA Vice President, Senior International Surety Underwriter in Chicago, Illinois

Vice President, Senior International Surety Underwriter


Put your knowledge and experience to work at Zurich as a Vice President, Senior International Surety Underwriter. This position is located in our New York City or Chicago offices and will be working with a large book, handling large complex programs with large multinational construction and engineering companies.

This is a highly technical and market facing position and requires experience with International Surety lines of business. As a member of Zurich's Surety Underwriting Team you will underwrite and analyze new and renewal Surety business utilizing The Zurich Way of Underwriting Framework within delegated authority levels on assignments of higher technical complexity ensuring a high level service to customers. Our Underwriters are Externally Focused and the job’s core deliverables rely on delivering service to external clients and/or customers. The position involves building relationships and promoting the company.

Our VP/Senior Market Facing Underwriter is responsible for:

  • Production and underwriting of new and renewal International Surety business

  • Internal marketing and production within Zurich North America in support of our cross-sell efforts

  • Execution of the Specialties external marketing strategy

  • Adherence to underwriting rules and guidelines, insurance laws, regulations and the Zurich Way of underwriting

  • Establish new as well as develop existing agency and broker relationships

  • Working within limits and authorities on assignments of varying degrees of complexity

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 7 or more years of experience in the Underwriting, Market Facing or accounting/banking/credit analysis areaOR

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 14 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support areaOR

  • Zurich approved Apprenticeship program including an Associate Degree and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing areaOR

  • Zurich approved Apprenticeship program including an Associate Degree and 12 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support areaAND

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • In-depth knowledge of Surety lines of business, including International Surety experience

  • Strong credit risk and financial analysis skills

  • Ability to effectively assess risk

  • Strong negotiation skills and broker relationships

  • Possess a high level of customer service by meeting or exceeding broker and or customer expectations with respect to required deadlines

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

  • Ability to speak and understand Spanish is helpful

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.

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Primary Location: United States-New York-New York

Other Locations: United States-Illinois-Chicago

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time

Relocation Available Yes

Job Posting 07/11/19

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 19000361

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.