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Zurich NA Underwriting Manager/AVP, Public Management Liability & Financial Institutions in Montréal, Quebec

Underwriting Manager/AVP, Public Management Liability & Financial Institutions


The Opportunity

Are you looking for a caring, collaborative, values-driven workplace with inspiring teammates and leaders? Do you have the ambition and desire to be the best and thrive at the most impactful global insurance provider in the world? Look no further than Zurich Canada.

If you have previous management and underwriting experience and are looking for a new challenge, we would love to hear from you.

Zurich Canada is currently looking for a unit manager to oversee our growing National Accounts Management Liability and Financial Institutions portfolios. Reporting to the Head of Financial Lines, you will manage an underwriting unit in making appropriate underwriting decisions for new and renewal business.

This is a unique opportunity to build your knowledge and experience for the future in a supportive environment where your voice matters.

This is a hybrid job opportunity.

What you will do

• Manage a team of market facing underwriters who proactively seek renewal and new account opportunities.

• Identify new growth opportunities with key distributors

• Ensure that accounts are qualified and meet the organization's appetite, while balanced with sound business opportunity.

• Alongside underwriters and other managers, make agents/broker/customer and on-sight calls with a well-planned and well-prepared purpose.

• Oversee negotiations of Terms & Conditions and closes deals.

• Ensure cross-sell within areas of responsibility to increase product density with the account.

• Provide continuous coaching on sales best practices.

• Mentor staff to develop strong broker and client networks as related to industries underwritten by Business Unit.

• Monitor Sales Pipeline and Production Metrics of team.

• Calculate Target Price accurately by utilizing underwriting tools appropriately.

• Identify market trends and coverage's exposures that may impact business results. Work with actuarial to ensure a proper rate / price structure.

• Manage relationships with producers by conducting line of business, book of business, class and segment analysis to ensure profitability and growth.

• Market company products and services through agency plant and brokerage community.

• Support development and maintenance of agent/broker relationships to achieve profitable growth, market share, product mix, new business and account retention.

• Improve customer relations, profitability and productivity by continually analyzing branch office´s new business, loss ratio, expense ratio, loss frequency, agency distribution, product mix to determine its impact on other business units.

• Review agency books of business as well as profit/growth results and trends to recommend and implement action plans.

Job Qualifications - What you bring to the table

• High School Diploma or Equivalent and 7 or more years of experience in the Public Management Liability Underwriting/Financial Institutions or Market Facing area


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


• Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 5 or more years of experience in the Public Management Liability Underwriting/Financial Institutions or Market Facing area.


• 2 or more years of management experience


• 10 or more years of experience in the Public Management Liability Underwriting/Financial Institutions or Market Facing area

• Bachelors Degree

• Advanced knowledge of product lines and insurance industry

• Excellent communication and presentation skills

• Excellent skills in relationship building

• Previous or current experience overseeing a portfolio and profit generating division

• Results oriented

• French language skills are required for candidates applying to the Montreal office location

• Verbal and written proficiency in the English language is required in order to facilitate communication with internal and external key stakeholders located outside of Quebec (for candidates applying to the Montreal office location).

Our Culture

• At Zurich, we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging (DIEB). We want you to bring your whole self to work, and we want our employees to be reflective of the communities in which we live and work. Our DIEB initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome.

• We have a collaborative culture where diversity of thought is valued. We value your input and strive to give our employees the tools they need to make an impact.

• We care about our employees’ well-being and offer a comprehensive health/benefits plan with varying levels of coverage to suit your specific needs and a competitive total compensation package.

• We understand how important it is to rest, recharge and do the things you love. At Zurich, all employees receive a minimum of four weeks of vacation per year to do just that.

• We also understand that employees require time off for personal reasons. Maybe you have an appointment during a workday, a cultural or religious holiday you would like to observe, or you need time off to focus on your mental health. Zurich employees receive four personal days per year to be used at their discretion.

• We are committed to continuous improvement, and offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities.

• We care about our communities. Our communities are where our customers, people, and shareholders live and work. While we can be proud of the contribution to society Zurich makes through our core business of insurance, we must also give back to our communities through our talent, time and resources.

• We have won numerous awards for our workplace culture. We are proud to be one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers and to have received Insurance Business Canada’s 5-Star Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award.

Make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported. Love what you do. Work for us.

About Us

Zurich Canada is part of the Zurich Insurance Group, a multi-line insurer with approximately 55,000 employees worldwide serving customers in global and local markets. Zurich Canada has been a leading insurance provider serving mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in the Canadian commercial market for 100 years. With over 500 employees in offices across the country, Zurich offers the global strength of a top insurance provider combined with in-depth knowledge of industries and local markets. Zurich Canada aspires to be risk management professionals’ first choice as their premier partner to help meet the risk challenges of today and tomorrow. Read more at www.zurichcanada.com.

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. We are a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. Today, we serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology and insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, Zurich strives to provide ongoing career development opportunities and 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 people, our customers and the communities we serve.

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 is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and barrier-free environment resulting in an accessible organization for employees, customers, and other parties who interact with, or on behalf of, Zurich. We strive to achieve a workplace free of discrimination of all forms, including discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability, or medical condition. If you are interested in a job opportunity, please advise if you require an accommodation, so we can work with you to provide a more accessible process.

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