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Director of Staff Underwriting

W. R. Berkley

W. R. Berkley

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Director of Staff Underwriting

Location Name KS, Overland Park
Date Posted
2 days ago(7/1/2024 3:54 PM)
Intrepid Direct Insurance
Primary Location
US-KS-Overland Park

Company Details

Intrepid Direct Insurance (IDI) is a rapidly growing direct to consumer property and casualty insurance company. A member of the W. R. Berkley Corporation, a fortune 500 company, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best, Intrepid Direct’s vision is to make life better for business. The insurance industry has not evolved with innovation like other major industries. We’re here to change that. We are making life better for our customers, shareholders, and our team members by leveraging data and technology as insurance experts for our targeted customers. You will be part of a highly collaborative team of talented and focused professionals. Join a group that enjoys working together, trusts each other, and takes pride in our hard-earned success.


The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer.


The Director of Staff Underwriting is a critical position that will lead product, compliance and internal audit for the underwriting department at Intrepid Direct. The role requires an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Intrepid Direct’s underwriting goals, product set, systems & data; and a deep understanding how these items interact with and impact other departments.

At Intrepid we value innovation above all else. We have created a community where we have redefined the word “mistakes” as “learning opportunities” and encourage our employees to break out from the familiar. We foster open mindedness and intellectual humility in order to create a safe and inviting work environment for employees to think outside the box. As a leader within the company, this role is responsible for being an example of innovation.

The role will explore the possibility of new insurance products, new business segments, analyze and develop strategy on available data for the group, provide subject matter expertise to the underwriting team, and build high-level underwriting philosophy in partnership with the rest of the underwriting leadership team.

Key functions include but are not limited to:

  • Owns product set for all lines of business to ensure the right features are developed; monitors and identifies any product gaps; and sets strategic alignment and prioritization
  • Regularly reviews and manages the product set (feature/functionality) for appropriateness of marketing strategy, market competitiveness, customer experience, regulatory compliance, risk management, as well as efficiency of performance
  • Accountable for the quality control/internal audit of underwriting files
  • In concert with the underwriting leadership team, ensures product changes and any applicable ensuing rate impact aligns with underwriting goals, guidelines, workflows and company strategy
  • Works closely with Enterprise Product Shared Services to ensure filings are done timely; responds to state objections as applicable
  • Works closely with Berkley Technology Services to ensure new products are programmed as intended
  • Researches potential new products and verticals; as well as industry and competitor data
  • Implements and trains the underwriting team/company on new products
  • Responsible for general training within the underwriting department
  • Analyzes all current proprietary forms (for all lines of business) to ensure compliance against ISO filings
  • Manages underwriting guidelines and best practices content
  • Serves as a technical resource
  • Formalizes UAT testing for the underwriting team
  • Accountable for general compliance and SOX tasks for underwriting
  • Collaborates and communicates with all impacted departments to develop and prepare for changes in the underwriting product


  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university;
  • Minimum of 10 years commercial lines property and casualty underwriting experience as a company underwriter, supervisor/manager, and/or product specialist
  • CPCU and/or similar insurance designations
  • Extensive experience with commercial lines product coverage form verbiage and filings
  • Multi-line commercial lines background including Property, Liability, Automobile, Umbrella, and Workers Compensation
  • Build sustainable relationships of trust through open and interactive communication

Additional Company Details

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from third party recruiting agencies or firms.

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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