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Zurich NA VP/U.S. Travel Insurance Lead in Chicago, Illinois

VP/U.S. Travel Insurance Lead


Zurich North America is currently looking for a VP/U.S. Travel Insurance Lead for our A&H strategic business unit. This is a great opportunity to join Zurich’s expansion into the broader Travel Insurance marketplace in North America. This is a highly technical and market facing position and requires experience with Travel Insurance lines of business. This role will contribute leadership and vision relative to the building and ongoing success of the Leisure Travel proposition.

This position is responsible for transactions as well as strategic contributions in the areas of Product Development, UW Guidelines and Governance, Rating/Pricing, Distribution, Fulfillment and Portfolio Financial Performance. The Travel Insurance industry provides a broad range of services and benefits for both domestic and international travelers; including, but not limited to trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost or damaged baggage and emergency medical or dental expenses; as well as travel assistance services. Services and benefits are made available to consumers through a variety of different channels, including, but not limited to travel agents, trip and tour operators, vacation clubs, airlines and online travel websites.

Responsibilities also include:

  • Underwriting, analyzing and generating new and renewal Travel Insurance business

  • Administering and monitoring underwriting rules and guidelines, insurance laws and regulations and rating manual rules

  • Developing and maintaining relationships

  • Working within broad limits and authorities on highly complex assignments

  • Mentoring and providing technical guidance, assistance and less experienced underwriters

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’ Degree

  • 9 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area

  • Experience in a specialized insurance line of business or segment

  • Knowledge of Travel Insurance lines of business

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advance knowledge of Travel Insurance lines of business

  • Ability to effectively assess risk

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

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Strong broker relationships

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

  • Possess knowledge of time restraints for quotes on new and renewal business

  • Excellent oral and written communication 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.

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Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Chicago

Other Locations: United States

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting 01/11/20

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 200000AG

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.