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Senior Underwriter, Construction US Middle Market; Midwest

Axa XL

Axa XL

Marketing & Communications
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, March 8, 2024

Senior Underwriter Construction Middle Market; Midwest

Chicago, IL I USA

At AXA XL, we provide insurance products and services that are designed to meet contractors’ unique and challenging exposures. Our Middle Market Construction team offers casualty coverages to North America’s Middle Market Contractors and Specialty Trade buyers.

Arising out of growth, our US Middle Market team is looking to add a Senior Underwriter to our Construction vertical. As a Senior Underwriter, you will have the opportunity to build the go-to-market strategy of the US Middle Market Construction business with the Head of Construction and be responsible for managing a portfolio driving profitable growth.

DISCOVER your opportunity

  • Marketing to Middle Market producers to secure new and renewal business within the construction industry.
  • Reviewing Middle Market submission information, including loss history, while conducting appropriate research to determine the degree of risk for each account based upon defined construction appetite guidance, along with company Regulations and Guidelines.
  • Coordinating with varied business divisions including Actuarial, Claims, Reinsurance, Accounting, Marketing, Regulatory, Strategy & Analytics, and others internally that support our businesses.
    • Determining quote or declination of risks.
    • Calculating rates and premium charges using approved rating models.
    • Developing and modifying policy wording in accordance with delegated underwriting authority when the standard forms are not appropriate.
    • Actively cross-sell afforded products and services.
    • Supporting service standards in delivery of primary casualty construction products and services.
    • Working with the other underwriters on the team on cross marketing goals and objectives.

In this role you will report to the Head of Construction, U.S. Middle Market.

SHARE your talent

We’re looking for someone who has these abilities and skills:

  • Moderate Commercial Underwriting Experience.
  • Underwriting expertise as it relates to solutions for construction managers, general contractors, trade contractors, to contribute to the underwriting of the full range of Construction accounts.
  • Outstanding insured and broker interaction with the ability to effectively target current and prospective contacts in order to effectively promote offered products.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to work with both internal teams and external brokers
  • Outstanding organizational, time-management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Outstanding comprehension and work experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Bachelor’s degree required with advanced education and/or professional designations including but not limited to CPCU, IIA, CRIS preferred but not required.
  • Willingness to travel (approximately 25% travel as necessary).

FIND your future

AXA XL, the P&C and specialty risk division of AXA, is known for solving complex risks. For mid-sized companies, multinationals and even some inspirational individuals we don’t just provide re/insurance, we reinvent it.

How? By combining a comprehensive and efficient capital platform, data-driven insights, leading technology, and the best talent in an agile and inclusive workspace, empowered to deliver top client service across all our lines of business − property, casualty, professional, financial lines and specialty.

With an innovative and flexible approach to risk solutions, we partner with those who move the world forward.

Learn more at axaxl.com

Inclusion & Diversity

AXA XL is committed to equal employment opportunity and will consider applicants regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity and origins, marital status, religion, disability, or any other protected characteristic.

At AXA XL, we know that an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce enable business growth and are critical to our success. That’s why we have made a strategic commitment to attract, develop, advance and retain the most diverse workforce possible, and create an inclusive culture where everyone can bring their full selves to work and can reach their highest potential. It’s about helping one another — and our business — to move forward and succeed.

  • Five Business Resource Groups focused on gender, LGBTQ+, ethnicity and origins, disability and inclusion with 20 Chapters around the globe
  • Robust support for Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Enhanced family friendly leave benefits
  • Named to the Diversity Best Practices Index
  • Signatory to the UK Women in Finance Charter

Learn more at axaxl.com/about-us/inclusion-and-diversity. AXA XL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


At AXA XL, Sustainability is integral to our business strategy. In an ever-changing world, AXA XL protects what matters most for our clients and communities. We know that sustainability is at the root of a more resilient future. Our 2023-26 Sustainability strategy, called “Roots of resilience,” focuses on protecting natural ecosystems, addressing climate change, and embedding sustainable practices across our operations.

Our Pillars:

  • Valuing nature: How we impact nature affects how nature impacts us. Resilient ecosystems - the foundation of a sustainable planet and society – are essential to our future. We’re committed to protecting and restoring nature – from mangrove forests to the bees in our backyard – by increasing biodiversity awareness and inspiring clients and colleagues to put nature at the heart of their plans.
  • Addressing climate change: The effects of a changing climate are far reaching and significant. Unpredictable weather, increasing temperatures, and rising sea levels cause both social inequalities and environmental disruption. We're building a net zero strategy, developing insurance products and services, and mobilizing to advance thought leadership and investment in societal-led solutions.
  • Integrating ESG: All companies have a role to play in building a more resilient future. Incorporating ESG considerations into our internal processes and practices builds resilience from the roots of our business. We’re training our colleagues, engaging our external partners, and evolving our sustainability governance and reporting.
  • AXA Hearts in Action: We have established volunteering and charitable giving programs to help colleagues support causes that matter most to them, known as AXA XL’s “Hearts in Action” programs. These include our Matching Gifts program, Volunteering Leave, and our annual volunteering day – the Global Day of Giving.

For more information, please see Sustainability at AXA XL.

The pay range for this position is $95,000 to $186,500. Actual pay will be determined based upon the individual’s skills, experience and location. We strive for market alignment and internal equity with our colleagues’ pay.

At AXA XL, we know how important physical, mental, and financial health are to our employees, which is why we are proud to offer benefits such as a competitive retirement savings plan, health and wellness programs, and many other benefits. We also believe in fostering our colleagues' development and offer a wide range of learning opportunities for colleagues to hone their professional skills and to position themselves for the next step of their careers. For more details about AXA XL’s benefits offerings, please visit US-Benefits-at-a-Glance_2023_US.pdf (myaxaxlbenefits.com).