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Zurich NA Commercial Surety Underwriting Officer in Jefferson City, Missouri

Commercial Surety Underwriting Officer


Zurich North America is looking for a Commercial Surety Underwriting Officer for our growing Central Region Commercial Surety Team, ideally based out our Chicago, Illinois office. Remote options within the territory will also be considered.

The Commercial Surety Underwriting Officer will take over a growing book-of-business with a focus on Fortune 2000 companies across a variety of industries in Zurich’s Central Region. The Commercial Surety Central region is made-up of 13 states including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

The ideal candidate will have a history of success in the Commercial Surety space with deep technical knowledge coupled with an exceptional market facing skillset which enables the Underwriter to establish and cultivate fruitful relationships with Brokers enabling robust new and renewal business opportunities based on The Zurich Way of Underwriting Framework within delegated authority levels on assignments of higher technical complexity ensuring a high level service to customers.

Additionally, the Commercial Surety Underwriting Officer is responsible for:

  • Marketing Zurich's Surety products and services

  • Developing, underwriting, and managing a portfolio of Surety business

  • Managing the selection/denial of new and/or renewal business

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with brokers and customers

  • Developing, administering, and monitoring complex underwriting rules and guidelines

  • Investigating, recommending, and leading product development efforts

  • Leading and participating on project and key initiative teams

  • Assures development and implementation of policies, procedures, and standards to produce profitable underwriting results significantly contributing to process improvement and technology innovation

  • Working in close collaboration with other teams within Zurich, including risk management, operations, and finance

  • Addressing governance and regulatory compliance issues.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area or Finance, Accounting or Banking experienceOR

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

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

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

  • 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

  • Strong knowledge of State & National underwriting philosophy, techniques, regulations, and guidelines

  • Ability to effectively assess risk

  • Knowledge and awareness of time restraints for quotes on new and renewal business

  • History of providing an outstanding service level and exceeding broker and customer’s expectations

  • Superior relationship building skills and experience

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Outstanding needs-analysis skills and experience

  • Solid presentation skills

  • Ability to work in a team-based environment

  • Microsoft Office experience.

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.

As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet

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Location(s): AM - Chicago, AM - Illinois Virtual Office, AM - Indiana Virtual Office, AM - Iowa Virtual Office, AM - Kansas Virtual Office, AM - Kentucky Virtual Office, AM - Michigan Virtual Office, AM - Missouri Virtual Office, AM - Nebraska Virtual Office, AM - North Dakota Virtual Office, AM - Ohio Virtual Office, AM - South Dakota Virtual Office

Remote Working: true

Schedule: Full Time