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Zurich NA Head of Underwriting, E&S in Tallahassee, Florida

Head of Underwriting, E&S


Zurich North America is seeking a Head of Underwriting for our growing E&S Business Unit. This role will be responsible for Portfolio Strategy & Execution, Risk Selection and Pricing, Portfolio Stewardship and Product Management. This is a critical role which requires oversight of strategic underwriting practices nationally. This leader will utilize their expertise to manage, design and drive diverse multidimensional strategies for our E&S book of business. We require strong leadership skills that will cultivate portfolio insights, develop strategy, and deliver a collaborative value chain with our Brokers and Customers.

The Head of Underwriting E&S provides underwriting leadership across all lines of business to improve underwriting performance This leader will also direct the implementation and sustainment of The Zurich Way of Underwriting, lead underwriting operational transformation, and maintain a sound governance framework.

This position reports to the Head of E&S andcan be based in one of our Zurich offices with business travel expected.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, expand, support and advocate underwriting guidelines and priorities for Zurich E&S within underwriting guidelines for Zurich.

  • Identify, prioritize, and escalate portfolio management, technical skills, and product innovation needs.

  • Lead the development of the Strategic Business Directives for the BU, which requires collaboration across Line of Business Technical teams; effective prioritization of and engagement and participation in ongoing portfolio management activities; and implementation, monitoring and driving execution of UW actions identified through monthly engagement with product team leaders.

  • Works closely with product management to refine and tailor BU product offerings to the E&S market.

  • Ensures effective implementation and adoption of underwriting and pricing tools; portfolio strategy; and underwriting and pricing guidelines

  • Leads and drives Tiering strategy (identifying appropriate signals for all lines of business) and has a granular view of tiering results.

  • Establishes proper frameworks to drive effective outcomes for key underwriting activities, including underwriter training, productivity, empowerment, and quality.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 12 or more years of experience in the Property & Casualty Commercial Insurance Industry

  • Prior management experience leading a high performing team

  • 5+ years of experience in managing underwriting operations within the Excess and Surplus Lines Market for an insurance company

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced and in-depth knowledge of E&S across Property, Casualty and Financial Lines of business

  • Portfolio management, risk selection and pricing experience

  • Product development and underwriting strategy experience

  • Strong collaboration, conflict resolution and influencing skills

  • Technical knowledge and multi-level leadership skills

  • Experience building and managing cross functional teams

  • Strong executive presence and the ability to interact across all levels of the organization

  • Ability to manage vision and purpose, lead the organization through innovative and creative thinking

  • Track record of fostering business improvement and delivering change in a complex insurance environment

As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to our COVID-related health and safety protocols ( https://www.zurichna.com/careers/faq ), including, without limitation, a requirement that employees attest as to their vaccination status with a YES/NO, and upload proof of vaccination status, or a negative COVID test result when applicable, to a third-party vendor. These protocols are continuously re-evaluated and the requirements may change at any time.

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 - Remote Work (US)

Remote Working: Yes

Schedule: Full Time

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