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

VP/Senior Underwriting Officer- Surety


Zurich Insurance is currently looking for a VP/Senior Underwriting Officer- Surety for our National Accounts Surety Division. This is a highly technical and market facing position and requires experience with Surety lines of business.

As a member of Zurich's Surety Underwriting Team you will enjoy the opportunity to fully apply and hone your underwriting and marketing skills. Specifically, 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 Client Externally Focused and the job’s core deliverables rely on delivering service to external clients and/or customers. Typically involves building relationships and promoting the company.

While we prefer this position sit in our Los Angeles or Chicago offices, we are open to the role sitting in one of our offices in the United States or remotely in Wisconsin.

Our VP/Senior Underwriting Officer is responsible for:

  • Production and underwriting of new and renewal 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

  • Working with International and National Accounts.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 7 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing 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

  • Experience working on time restraints for quotes on new and renewal business

  • Experience working in a team environment

  • Knowledge of Surety line/s of business and the legal and regulatory guidelines

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • National and International Surety account experience

  • In-depth knowledge of ContractSuretylines of business

  • Ability to effectively assess risk

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Strong broker relationships

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

  • Possess a high level of customer service by meeting or exceeding broker and or customer expectations with respect to required deadlines

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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

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-California-Los Angeles

Other Locations: United States-Wisconsin, United States-Illinois-Chicago

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time

Relocation Available Yes

Job Posting 04/18/18

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 180002N4