Zurich NA AVP/Vice President, Contract Surety Underwriting Officer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
AVP/Vice President, Contract Surety Underwriting Officer
Redefine your career with an industry you can bank on…Insurance! We are currently looking for an AVP/Vice President, Contract Surety Underwriting Officer tomanage relationships in the Southern Region. Your bright ideas and determination will help us drive positive impact with our customers, communities, and each other. Our global footprint and 148 years of experience enables you to develop your skills and put your problem-solving expertise to use while having the opportunity to work with a wide range of Fortune 500® companies.
To bring leading talent into the organization and foster a culture of innovation and excellence , we encourage professionals from wide range of backgrounds and industries to apply and:
Join a global company that gives you empowerment over your own activities, decisions, and territory.
Use your credit/financial along with your analytical and relationship building skills to support the bonding needs of national and mid-market contractors and companies.
Have the autonomy and freedom to be successful in your career
Experience a customized training program dedicated to those new joiners outside of the insurance industry
A role as a Surety Underwriter will open up a world of opportunity in a growing and innovative industry. We are an insurance leader committed to developing our people, focusing on our customers, and building a sustainable future for our communities.
Our AVP/Vice President, Contract Surety Underwriting Officer are responsible for:
Working with national and mid-market contractors to support their bonding needs (you will be trained on basic analysis tools and frameworks)
Partnering with brokers to generate new business opportunities
Developing creative solutions to achieve Zurich’s underwriting strategy, while addressing customer needs
Leading product and service ideation / conceptualization to stay ahead of the competition
Representing Zurich at external company functions, industry conferences, and marketing meetings
This is a highly technical and market facing position and requires experience with Surety lines of business. This position will be located in Texas area and will support a multi-state book of business. This position will require approximately 20% travel.
As an AVP/Vice President, Contract Surety Underwriting Officer you will be responsible for utilizing your sales/marketing, relationship building and analytical skills to analyze and underwrite new and renewal Surety business.
This is a market facing position and we are looking for someone with a strong sales mindset who will proactively seek renewal and new account opportunities, as well as identify growth opportunities. Building strong relationships with distributors (agents and brokers) and our customers in support of business retention and acquisition of new business is a key responsibility of this role. Identifying growth opportunities by determining our customer’s insurance needs and providing the right solutions will also be a critical responsibility of this position.
This role will be filled at either the AVP or Vice President Level. The hiring manager will determine the appropriate level based upon the selected applicant’s experience and skill set relative to the qualifications listed for this position.
Our AVP/Vice President, Contract Surety Underwriting Officer is responsible for:
Production and underwriting of new and renewal Surety business
Handling of a large book of prominent accounts
Internal marketing and production within Zurich North America in support of our cross-sell efforts
Execution of the 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
AVP Contract Surety Underwriting Officer Basic Qualifications:
High School Diploma or Equivalent and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area in Finance, Accounting, or BankingOR
High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area in Finance, Accounting, or BankingOR
Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 3 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area in Finance, Accounting, or BankingOR
Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 8 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area in Finance, Accounting, or BankingAND
Knowledge of Microsoft Office
Experience working on time restraints for quotes on new and renewal business
Experience working in a team environment
Vice President, Contract Surety Underwriting Officer Basic Qualifications:
High School Diploma or Equivalent and 7 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area in Finance, Accounting, or BankingOR
High School Diploma or Equivalent and 14 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area in Finance, Accounting, or BankingOR
Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area in Finance, Accounting, or BankingOR
Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 12 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area in Finance, Accounting, or Banking
Advanced knowledge and practice of Surety Bonds
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
As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to any COVID-related health and safety protocols in place at that time ( https://www.zurichna.com/careers/faq ).
A future with Zurich. What can go right when you apply at 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 150 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we 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 colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please clickhere (https://www.zurichna.com/careers) to learn more.
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 does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet
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Location(s): AM - Addison, AM - Dallas, AM - Houston, AM - Texas Virtual Office, AM - Oklahoma Virtual Office, AM - Arkansas Virtual Office, AM - Louisiana Virtual Office, AM - Austin, AM - Oklahoma City, AM - New Mexico Virtual Office, AM - San Antonio
Remote Working: Hybrid
Schedule: Full Time
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