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Head of International Underwriting

Company: Zurich North America
Location: New York
Posted on: June 13, 2018

Job Description:

Zurich North America is currently looking for an experienced Head of International to lead our International Business Unit. This position is a National role and will be responsible for developing and driving the success of our International business to include Large Casualty, Middle Markets, Construction and Energy lines of business. This is a great opportunity to utilize your management and technical expertise. This is a critical position and we are looking for a leader that will drive and cultivate broker/client relationships while developing and driving the strategy. We are looking for a Leader that will exercise strong technical underwriting knowledge, takes an influential approach to business relationships, and develop our underwriting talent. The preferred location is Schaumburg or Chicago, IL but we will consider candidates in New York. High Level Influencer Externally Focused - The job's core deliverables rely on influencing or negotiating with external contacts on strategic impact matters. Relationships typically involve persuading or countering opposition, often with vendor representatives or senior management level customers. Responsibilities Include:

  • Establishing key performance targets and financial budgets for underwriting unit in order to optimize business performance in line with set objectives.
  • Developing a team of Underwriters and Underwriting Managers.
  • Develop processes and review policies relevant to underwriting to ensure they are in line with strategic business objectives.
  • Manage relationships with key internal stakeholders in order to identify opportunities for service improvement to ensure commercial viability and customer satisfaction.
  • Participate in leadership team meetings of assigned area to provide specialist guidance and enable the implementation of policies, projects and change initiatives to produce profitable results.
  • Contribute to the business strategy to align underwriting strategy with wider business goals.
  • Participate in the community of global/regional proposition development practitioners in underwriting to share best practice and continue to meet customers needs.
  • Oversee development plans for underwriters to ensure the capability exists to drive business results.
  • Underwrite and analyze new and renewal business within delegated authority levels.
  • Recommend and implement action plans after reviewing agency books of business and profit/growth results and trends.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with distributors (agents and brokers) in support of business retention and new business and work with customers and distributors (agents & brokers) to determine their insurance-related needs and provide solutions.
  • Support the organization's sales culture by being a Help Point for agents, brokers, and customers.
  • Assure development and implementation of policy, procedures and standards Basic Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing area
    • 2 years of management or leadership experience
    • International Underwriting or Marketing Facing experience Preferred Qualifications:
      • Advanced knowledge and practice of International Business with Large Casualty, Middle Markets, Construction and Energy lines of business
      • 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
      • Strong knowledge of underwriting philosophy, techniques, national/local filing regulations and guideline 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 Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission.

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