Zurich NA AVP/International Underwriting Manager in Los Angeles, California

AVP/International Underwriting Manager

Description

Zurich North America is currently looking for an experienced AVP/International Underwriting Manager. This is a great opportunity to utilize your management skills to help us grow our International Practice. This role will be responsible for developing and driving the success of the Large Casualty and Middle Market International business. This is a critical position in driving and cultivating broker relationships and developing our underwriting talent. We are looking for a Leader that will exercise strong technical underwriting knowledge while managing a team of production underwriters. This role requires an influential approach to business relationships and oversight on strategic underwriting practices.

This position can be based in the San Francisco or Los Angeles Zurich office.

Client Externally Focused - The job’s core deliverables rely on delivering service to external clients and/or customers. Typically involves building relationships and promoting the company.

The AVP/International Underwriting Manager is responsible for:

  • Develop processes and review policies relevant to underwriting to ensure they are in line with strategic business objectives.

  • Manage relationships with key internal stakeholders in order to identify opportunities for service improvement to ensure commercial viability and customer satisfaction.

  • Participate in leadership team meetings to provide specialist guidance and enable the implementation of policies, projects and change initiatives to produce profitable results.

  • Contribute to the business strategy to align underwriting strategy with wider business goals.

  • Participate in the community of global/regional proposition development practitioners in underwriting to share best practice and continue to meet customer´s needs.

  • Oversee development plans for underwriters to ensure the capability exists to drive business results.

  • Underwrite and analyze new and renewal business within delegated authority levels.Recommend and implement action plans after reviewing agency books of business and profit/growth results and trends.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with distributors (agents and brokers) in support of business retention and new business and work with customers and distributors (agents & brokers) to determine their insurance-related needs and provide solutions.

  • Support the organization's sales culture by being a Help Point for agents, brokers, and customers.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 7 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area within the Commercial Insurance industryOR

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 14 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area within the Commercial Insurance industryOR

  • Zurich approved Apprenticeship program including an Associate Degree and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area within the Commercial Insurance industryOR

  • Zurich approved Apprenticeship program including an Associate Degree and 12 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area within the Commercial Insurance industryAND

  • 2 or more years of management or leadership experience

  • Experience with International exposures

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge and practice of International Business with Large Casualty, Middle Markets lines of business

  • Strong managerial, team building, and organizational skills

  • Established Broker relationships

  • Strong relationship, presentation skills, negotiation and leadership skills

  • Ability to interact with the C-Suite

  • Knowledge in risk selection and assessment

  • Ability to manage complex portfolios

  • Technical knowledge of insurance industry operations and processes

  • Knowledge of loss trends, triangles and ratemaking

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

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-California-Los Angeles

Other Locations: United States-California-San Francisco

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting 12/19/18

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 18000A8V

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.