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Staff Underwriting Consultant

W. R. Berkley

W. R. Berkley

Continental, AZ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Staff Underwriting Consultant

Location Name IA, Urbandale - 11201 Douglas Avenue
Date Posted
1 day ago(6/3/2024 6:04 PM)
Continental Western Group
Primary Location

Company Details

Rated Best Places to Work 2020 and 2022 by Business Insurance, Continental Western Group is a regional property casualty insurance company offering commercial products and services through independent agents in the Midwest. CWG provides unique value through the service provided by our experienced group of employees and independent agents. Since 1886 - Strong, Local and Trusted.

As a Berkley company, we enjoy operational flexibility that allows us to deliver quality coverage solutions. W. R. Berkley Corporation, and all member insurance companies, are rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, and carry Standard & Poor’s Financial Rating of A+ (Strong).

This role will be based in one of our three offices:

  • Urbandale, IA
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Luverne, MN

We offer a hybrid work schedule with 4 days in the office; and 1 day remote where it makes sense to do so.

The company is an equal opportunity employer. #LI-AV1 #LI-HYBRID


As our Staff Underwriting Consultant, you will be responsible for providing technical underwriting leadership and assisting an assigned business unit in achieving the company’s strategy, growth and profitability objectives.

What you can expect:

  • Culture of innovation, teamwork, supportive colleagues and leaders willing to invest in talent
  • Internal mobility opportunities
  • Visibility to senior leaders and partnership with cross functional teams
  • Opportunity to impact change
  • Benefits – competitive compensation, paid time off, comprehensive wellness benefits and programs, employer funded health savings account, profit sharing, 401k, paid parental leave, employee stock purchase plan, tuition assistance and professional continuing education

We'll count on you to:

  • Provide technical underwriting leadership and support to assigned business unit to assist unit in achieving the company’s strategy, growth and profitability objectives. Provide guidance on technically complex referrals from field underwriting operations including coverage design and reinsurance. Monitor facultative reinsurance placements.
  • Analyze competitive market intelligence to identify trends. Provides guidance regarding the unit’s performance, financial results, profitability, business mix, competition and market trends. Recommend adjustments as they relate to financial targets.
  • Serve as a technical underwriting resource for Business Development, Risk Services, Claims and Premium Audit staffs. Includes specific subject-matter-expertise for industry fields or lines of business, where appropriate. May include attendance of industry events or trade conferences to further develop expertise and enhance company presence in the industry.
  • Participate in Business Development activities, including consultation with underwriters on individual renewals and new business opportunities. Includes direct interaction with agencies and review of opportunities with Business Development and Marketing teams. May include direct interaction with key customers or prospects to manage services and to demonstrate expertise and credibility on behalf of the company.

  • Perform underwriting audits of individual risks for compliance with company guidelines, state regulations and reinsurance. Develop and amend company underwriting rules and guidelines. Includes portfolio-level review of accounts and trends within defined subject-matter-expertise, or other areas as needed.

  • Participate in development and/or delivery of training material for the regional or business unit staff. Includes customized training, provided to groups or individuals, specific to areas of defined subject-matter-expertise, or other areas as needed. May include review of candidates and participation in the hiring process for individual underwriters, including onboarding based on subject-matter-expertise.


What you need to have:

  • Bachelor's degree and/or 10+ years related experience in relevant insurance disciplines; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Well-rounded experience and an in-depth knowledge of Commercial Lines insurance programs
  • Knowledge of and experience in Special Market programs, reinsurance placements, and procedures and retention strategies
  • Demonstrate creativity, strong business acumen, critical thinking, problem analysis and problem resolution skills
  • Strong organization and desk management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Valid driver’s license for travel on an occasional basis

What makes you stand out:

  • Completion of CPCU, AU, CIC or equivalent designation preferred
  • Possess a continuous improvement mindset
  • Strong project management skills and experience; ability to lead and get results through influence
  • Strong collaboration skills and teamwork minded
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment that continuously adapts based on customer need

Additional Company Details

We do not accept any unsolicited resumes from external recruiting agencies or firms.

The company offers a competitive compensation plan and robust benefits package for full time regular employees.

The actual salary for this position will be determined by a number of factors, including the scope, complexity and location of the role; the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; and other conditions of employment.

Sponsorship Details

Sponsorship not Offered for this Role


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