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Zurich NA VP & Head Of General Property in Toronto, Ontario

VP & Head Of General Property


Job Summary

Reporting to the SVP, Head of Property Lines, Zurich Canada, this role is responsible for leading a team of market facing underwriters, in the General Property portfolio, with teams located in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal. The Director, General Property Western Region; Director, General Property Central Region; Underwriting team in Montreal and the National Accounts underwriters will report directly to this role. In this role accountability will rest with the VP to identify and execute on the strategy for the profitable growth, operational excellence, compliance standards, and talent management of these portfolios across Canada.

Job Qualifications:

Education Requirement: Bachelors’ Degree Or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in progressively senior underwriting roles.

French is an asset

Broker experience is an asset

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experienced Property Insurance Professional.

  • Strong knowledge of underwriting philosophy, placement techniques, structuring, pricing, and successful negotiation of complex international programsleveraging the account view as branded by Zurich

  • Experience leading and supporting new business development/business development efforts and working with effectively with stakeholders both internal and external

  • Experience with multi-client account management –accounts of varying sizes, localities and complexity.

  • Ability to leverage both data and instinct to suggest business solutions

  • Talent management; understanding of balanced and diverse teams

  • Consistency to market and strong personal brand with trading partners and peers

  • Market and thought leadership influence

  • Ability to bring operational excellence and accountability through leadership clarity

  • Concise and accurate communicator

Job Accountabilities:

This role is accountable to:

  • Identify opportunities to grow market share and profitability for the Property portfolio both tactically and strategically

  • Key contributor to the implementation of strategy and follow through; lead segmentation and manage development of portfolio in successful areas whilst leveraging the market cycles.

  • Member of the extended leadership team and property leadership team

  • Understand and direct market distribution effectively at the underwriting level against the portfolio view

  • Harness broker relationships to achieve profitable growth, market share, product mix, new business and account retention.

  • Identify trends in competitor actions and stay current with market context, credibility, consistency and relevance.

  • Member of a senior team of qualified technical experts who conduct line of business, book of business, class and segment analysis to ensure profitability and adjustments to portfolio management.

  • Manage talent initiatives, including development, to build best in class teams.

  • Manage and implement office underwriting authority and ensure consistent implementation of underwriting and processing practices and standards.

  • Manage resources in order to achieve planned Gross Written Premium (new/renewal business) with desired line with businesses and industry mix.

  • Participate in the development of policy /governance/ regulatory standards within own area of underwriting in order to define the organization´s policy position and ensure compliance with regulators.

Business Accountabilities:

  • Add value by identifying need to modify policies, programs or services and develop cost-effective proposals

  • Diagnose and develop recommendations to solve complex, ambiguous problems

  • Investigate, recommend and deliver high quality, strategic technical solutions and ensure post-implementation project review

  • Plan for medium to long-term; develop and implement annual budget for area of responsibility

Performance Management Accountabilities:

  • Model behaviors that demonstrate commitment to corporate values.

  • Provide input into performance management discussions.

  • Provide technical direction/ advice within and outside unit.

  • Provide guidance and mentoring support for team members.

  • Take action to manage own personal development and encourage others to do the same.

Additional Information

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.

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.

Primary Location: Canada-Ontario-Toronto

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 10 % of the Time

Job Posting 09/07/19

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 190006IE

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.