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Zurich NA AVP Industry Practice Director - Retail, Real Estate and Hospitality in Houston, Texas

AVP Industry Practice Director - Retail, Real Estate and Hospitality


Zurich North America is seeking an AVP Industry Practice Director - Retail, Real Estate and Hospitality for our growing U.S. Middle Market Business Unit. This role will be responsible for helping to build the foundational Property and Casualty underwriting framework for our Retail, Real Estate and Hospitality verticals.

This is a critical role as the AVP Industry Practice Director will utilize their expertise to help to deliver the Property and Casualty underwriting strategy and product development that will drive the performance and growth of the Retail, Real Estate and Hospitality industry segment at the national level. Training and supporting the Market Facing Underwriters will also be a critical component of this position. This role will work collaboratively with the Industry Practice Leaders, Underwriters, and Brokers.

The AVP Industry Practice Director will also be responsible for building out Property and Casualty underwriting and rating guidelines and pricing for new and specialized products and will partner with our Technical Underwriting team to create policy forms and endorsements allowing us to compete competitively in the market.

This position can be based in any of our Zurich Offices.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Operationalize the underwriting strategy of the Retail, Real Estate and Hospitality customer industry practice to deliver growth and profitability results

  • Develops the technical standards, controls and practices for Retail, Real Estate and Hospitality

  • Participates in the strategic and operational planning process for growth targets and underwriting performance from the viewpoint of the specific industry segment.

  • Provides technical underwriting guidance to field underwriting staff and handles complex queries and referrals

  • Develops feedback mechanisms to ensure information is shared across the business

  • Develops solutions for issues and trends facing the industry practice and identifies opportunities for new products and services

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree and 8 or more years of experience in the Underwriting AreaOR

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced and in-depth knowledge of Retail, Real Estate and Hospitality business verticals

  • Ability to manage complex Property and Casualty underwriting portfolios

  • Experience developing and implementing underwriting strategies for complex offerings

  • Strong skills in relationship building, active listening and win-win negotiating

  • Strong Leadership presence with experience navigating through a large organization to execute through influence

  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills

A future with Zurich

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here to learn more.

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Location(s): AM - Chicago, AM - Addison, AM - Atlanta, AM - Boston, AM - Houston, AM - Los Angeles, AM - New York, AM - San Francisco, AM - Schaumburg

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Schedule: Full Time