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Zurich NA Credit and Political Risk Underwriter/Credit Analyst in Washington, District Of Columbia

Credit and Political Risk Underwriter/Credit Analyst


Zurich Credit and Political Risk is looking for an experienced Underwriter/Credit Analyst to work with our Americas, London and Continental Europe underwriting teams. The position can be located in Washington, DC or New York.

Our Ideal Candidate would:

  • Be highly organized, motivated, and able to work independently to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, customer-oriented environment, and

  • Have intermediate to advanced corporate and financial institution credit analysis skills.

Zurich provides political risk and trade credit insurance on a global basis. More than 300 of the world’s leading companies- including financial institutions, multinational corporations, investors, exporters and infrastructure developers- are supported from Zurich offices in Washington D.C., London, Madrid, Melbourne, Owings Mills, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich.

Zurich is a member of the Berne Union- an international union of credit and investment insurers- and often re-insures and co-insures with fellow Berne Union members that are export credit agencies and multilateral institutions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Using proprietary rating models, including the Zurich Corporate Credit Scorecard, to analyze risk

  • Analyzing corporate and financial institution financial statements and calculating financial ratios

  • Conducting financial analysis for the underwriting of credit risks and providing qualitative analysis of obligors

  • Providing industry analysis utilizing rating agency models and assessing the trends and risks impacting obligors’ industries; evaluating the competitive factors that obligors must address in their industries in order to be successful

  • Providing recommendations to underwriters on new credit and political risk exposures

  • Providing country analyses and data to the global underwriting team

  • Monitoring existing portfolio of exposures in a wide range of countries and sectors, identifying early warning signals, and recommending a reduction in exposures to companies/sectors where applicable

  • Supporting the Global Head of Credit & Political Risk with presentations as needed

  • Participating in other projects as needed

Basic Qualifications:

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


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


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


  • 5 or more years of experience in credit analysis or underwriting

  • Intermediate to advanced corporate credit analysis skills

  • Proficiency with MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint

  • Experience working under time constraints in a customer service-oriented environment

  • Familiarity/experience with credit insurance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree specializing in economics or finance

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation

  • Completion of a bank credit training program

  • Intermediate knowledge of financial institution credit analysis

  • Experience with Bloomberg and S&P Capital IQ

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • High attention to detail and excellent organizational skills

  • Experience working in a team environment

  • General knowledge of world events

  • Experience with credit insurance

  • Knowledge of political risk

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.

EOE disability/vets

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Primary Location: United States-District of Columbia-Washington

Other Locations: United States-New York-New York

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 10 % of the Time

Relocation Available No

Job Posting 10/19/19

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 190007UQ

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.