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Lead Field Underwriter - Commercial Lines in Chicago at QBE

Date Posted: 4/21/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Chicago
  • Job Type:
    Other
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    4/21/2018

Job Description

Execute Commercial Lines business strategy by leading business development and growth activities through building relationships within assigned customers and applying sound decision-making to underwrite complex business that contributes to a profitable portfolio. Responsibilities include new business production, renewal retention and the overall profitability of assigned book of business. This role is critical for driving territory results with a strong focus on middle market size accounts and agency relationships.

Primary responsibilities

  • Utilize product line subject matter expertise to underwrite insurance risks within assigned area of responsibility by negotiating rates, terms and conditions for existing and new business and managing production and issue of contract documentation to meet business needs
  • Initiate  and maintain product and rating development by communicating with internal business partners to share knowledge of opportunities for new products and  business growth
  • Collaborate with senior department leaders by sharing specialized knowledge and recommending opportunities for improvement to influence strategy development
  • Measure and optimize portfolio progress by reviewing and analyzing underwriting data and monitoring industry best practices to identify opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Build and maintain relationships with current and potential customers by networking and providing personalized and quality customer service to share and clarify information and maximize company brand
  • Promote adherence to the underwriting framework by communicating internal guidelines, regulatory and legal requirements and reinsurance requirements to less experienced underwriters and demonstrating adoption of good practices to ensure compliance and minimize risk
  • Optimize department operations by supporting junior underwriters and participating in the review and analysis of the portfolio and participating in internal meetings as required to share and develop strategy, knowledge and best practices
  • Manage budgeted resources by anticipating expenditures, accurately forecasting resource needs/costs and  properly accounting for expenses to meet requirements and achieve fiscal responsibility
  • Contribute to a positive environment by demonstrating cultural expectations and guiding leaders to reward performance and value “can do” people, accountability, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, continuous improvement, collaboration, creativity and fun
  • Adopt QBE values in personal work behaviors, decision-making, contributions and interpersonal interactions; manage own career development by soliciting feedback and valuing other perspectives




Required Qualifications


Education:  Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.  Business, insurance, or related field.


Experience:  5 years relevant experience





Preferred Qualifications


Experience:  P&C industry experience


Licenses/Certifications:  Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) or Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation


Knowledge

  • Advanced working knowledge of underwriting department processes and procedures
  • Events affecting the industry, including understanding of competition and the marketplace
  • Principles and processes for providing customer service
  • Products and concepts relating to the insurance industry
  • Continuous improvement methodology and principles
  • Evaluating information to determine compliance with standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards

Skills

  • Understand market trends and current organizational strategies
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders
  • Build and maintain professional networks
  • Communicate information in a clear, well-organized, and professional manner

Abilities

  • Drive for stakeholder success
  • Build and capitalize on beneficial internal and external relationships
  • Effectively and efficiently present logic, reasoning, and analysis to others
  • Win concessions without damaging relationships
  • Complete tasks attentively and thoroughly




Work environment


Travel frequency:  Occasional (approximately 5-10 trips annually)



Physical demands:  General office jobs


Work is generally performed in an office environment in which there is not substantial exposure to adverse environmental conditions. Must have the ability to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time. Must be able to operate basic office equipment including telephone, headset and computer. Incumbent must be able to lift basic office equipment up to 20 pounds.



Number of Openings:

1

How to Apply:

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Equal Employment Opportunity:

QBE is an equal opportunity employer and is required to comply with equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction it operates.

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