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Zurich NA VP, Senior Underwriting Officer, Contract Surety in Los Angeles, California

VP, Senior Underwriting Officer, Contract Surety


Are you a construction accounting/banking/lending professional interested in working with a leading Surety Insurance Carrier?

Put your knowledge and experience to work at Zurich as a Vice President, Senior Contract Surety Underwriter handling National Accounts. This position can be located in our LA office and for the right candidate, virtual in California.

This is a highly technical and market facing position and requires experience with Contract 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 ideal Underwriter will have Contract Surety underwriting experience, or a construction accounting or construction banking/lending background with credit/risk analysis experience analyzing and evaluating public/private companies and financial/market trends.

Our VP/Senior Market Facing Underwriter is responsible for:

  • Production and underwriting of new and renewal Contract 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 construction accounting/banking/lending 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 Contract Surety lines of business

  • 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

  • Finance knowledge

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-Virtual

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time

Relocation Available No

Job Posting 06/22/19

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 190003XY

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.