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Zurich NA Excess Casualty Underwriter in New York, New York

Excess Casualty Underwriter


Zurich Insurance is currently looking for an experienced Excess Casualty Underwriter to join our umbrella and excess team in our Commercial Insurance Division in our New York City Office.

As a member of Zurich's 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 Excess Casualty business. In this role you will serve as a member of a team focused on writing profitable business in the Umbrella and Excess space. This is a market facing position and you will be expected to be visible in the marketplace 35% of the time. You will have an opportunity to work on highly complex accounts with corresponding authority and resources to support you. We are looking for someone with excellent market facing and technical underwriting skills that has experience working with retail or wholesale brokers.

Externally Focused Position- The job’s core deliverables rely on providing service to external clients and/or customers. The position typically involves building relationships and promoting the company with brokers and customers.

Our Excess Casualty Underwriter is responsible for:

  • Underwriting and analyzing new and renewal Excess Casualty, Construction and Umbrella lines of business

  • Proactively seek renewal and new account opportunities

  • Complete detailed opportunity assessment with key distributors to identify growth opportunities

  • Qualify accounts to meet the organization's appetite, balanced with sound business opportunity

  • Make agent/broker/customer and on-sight calls with a planned and well-prepared purpose

  • Negotiate Terms & Conditions and close deals

  • Cross-Sell other lines of business to increase product density with the account

  • Participate in Sales Team meeting as related to assigned brokers and/or territory

  • Proactively engage in the target account process, managing a qualified list of opportunities 90 to 120 days prior to effective date

  • Update required systems with details of broker / client visits and account status within specified time frame

  • Serve as key contact for assigned target accounts

  • Develop strong broker and client networks as related to Business Unit

  • Calculate Target Price accurately by utilizing underwriting tools. Appropriately measure exposure/analyze risk

  • Develop and lead marketing presentations to new and current agents/brokers

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 3 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing areaOR

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 6 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support areaOR

  • Zurich approved Apprenticeship program including an Associate Degree and 1 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing areaOR

  • Zurich approved Apprenticeship program including an Associate Degree and 4 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

  • Experience with Casualty lines of business

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Experience with Excess Casualty lines of business.

  • Strong Retail/Wholesale Broker relationships

  • Ability to effectively assess risk

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • 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-New York-New York

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time

Relocation Available No

Job Posting 05/07/19

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 190003FZ

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.