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VP, Underwriting - Marine in Miami at QBE

Date Posted: 10/19/2018

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Job Description

Lead profitable underwriting operations for Marine business by developing and communicating a strategic vision for department growth, setting team priorities and guiding adherence to quality metrics to ensure department risk selection aligns with organizational profitability objectives.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage the underwriting team for Marine business by overseeing and evaluating new and renewal business to ensure risk quality and proper insurance to value
  • Drive standardization of Marine underwriting by defining risk assessment parameters, setting quality service standards and developing and leading self-audit initiatives to foster consistent and profitable risk selection
  • Foster a collaborative approach with QBE IM - London to growing the Marine business by communicating with peers, identifying profit and loss trends, developing strategic portfolio growth initiatives and informing team on changing underwriting guidelines to drive achievement of department profitability objectives
  • Oversee and foster strong relationships with key stakeholders including colleagues in London, Houston and New Orleans, customers, brokers in London, Miami and Latin America and business partners.
  • Capitalize on opportunities for continuous improvement by reviewing reports on loss ratios, conducting research on market trends and best practices and leading the implementation of innovative underwriting strategies to enhance Marine portfolio and ensure organization is competitive in the marketplace
  • Build, foster and maintain internal and external relationships for Marine by leading the delivery of training, utilizing individual credibility to inform on risk exposure decision-making processes and leading team to efficiently underwrite prospective business to meet service expectations and enhance organizational reputation
  • Develop sustainable underwriting operations by analyzing, refining and enhancing current practices to ensure future planning aligns with long-range business growth objectives
  • Manage a performance enhancement culture by actively coaching and mentoring direct reports, providing regular feedback and developing employees for wider roles and responsibilities to foster professional growth and development
  • Manage budgeted resources by anticipating expenditures, accurately forecasting resource needs/costs and properly accounting for expenses to meet requirements and achieve fiscal responsibility
  • Create a positive environment by modeling cultural expectations and guiding leaders to reward performance and value "can do" people, accountability, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, continuous improvement, collaboration, creativity and fun
  • Model 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


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Fluent in Spanish


  • 10+ years relevant experience
  • Extensive underwriting experience is required; experience managing or leading others; increasing levels of responsibility

Preferred Qualifications


  • Participation in industry events that support continuous education and superior technical proficiency and underwriting competence


  • Advanced working knowledge of  products and insurance operations, underwriting processes and procedures
  • Advanced working knowledge of laws and regulations related to area of responsibility
  • Advanced working knowledge of terminology, concepts and principles related to strategic planning  
  • Advanced working knowledge of market trends and current organizational strategies                 


  • Build and capitalize on beneficial internal and external relationships
  • Collaborate at different levels within the organization to accomplish a common goal
  • Understand the potential intended and unintended consequences of a given decision, both small-scale and on the organization as a whole
  • Utilize effective research and investigative techniques
  • Provide vision and think creatively and innovatively; implement strategies to improve efficiency
  • Analyze risks, benefits and opportunities to ensure organizational competitiveness and satisfaction of established long-range objectives
  • Foster and promote collaboration and teamwork


  • Adjust plans, goals, actions or priorities to meet changing situations; guide others through change
  • Prioritize interests of the company and community during decision-making
  • Leverage business and financial expertise
  • Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others
  • Show empathy and sensitivity to the experience of others; act fairly, ethically and with integrity when decision-making, managing or working with a team and corresponding with customers
  • Inform team about organizational change and integrations through a variety of means
  • Motivational, inspirational and enthusiastic approach to team leading and management

Work Environment

Travel Frequency

  • Frequent (approximately10+ 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.

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Equal Employment Opportunity:

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