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Zurich NA Senior/AVP Market Facing Underwriter - Surety, Middle Markets West Region in Olympia, Washington

Senior/AVP Market Facing Underwriter - Surety, Middle Markets West Region

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Zurich Insurance is currently looking for a Senior or AVP level Market Facing Underwriting Officer - Middle Markets West Region Surety Divsion. This is a highly technical and market facing position and requires experience with Surety lines of business. This position will be located in Seattle, WA (other locations in Washington State may be considered). This position will require approximately 20% travel and a company car will be provided. The business supported by this underwriting offiicer is spread across Washington, Alaska and Montana.

This role will be filled at either the Senior or AVP 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

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.

Our Senior/AVP Market Facing 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

Senior Level III Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing areaOR

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support areaOR

  • Zurich Certified Apprentice program including an Associate Degree and 3 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing areaOR

  • Zurich Certified Apprentice program including an Associate Degree and 8 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

AVP Level IV 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 Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing areaOR

  • Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 12 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support areaAND

  • Experience with Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • In-depth knowledge of Surety line/s of business and the legal and regulatory guidelines

  • 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

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. 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 click here 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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