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Surety AVP Underwriting Officer OR VP, Senior Underwriting Officer

Zurich Insurance Group

Zurich Insurance Group

Philadelphia, PA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023

Surety AVP Underwriting Officer OR VP, Senior Underwriting Officer

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What can go right when you can grow your career?

 

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, we have over 150 years of experience, serve more than 25 industries, and insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Zurich strives to provide ongoing career development opportunities so you can reach your full potential and foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. With the support of people like you, we are optimistic about leading the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our people, our customers and the communities we serve.

 

Do you know someone who would be a great candidate for this opening? Zurich North America has two separate and distinct talent referral programs in the US. Please scroll to the bottom of this posting to learn more and access the links to submit your talent referral.

 

 

Zurich is currently looking for a Surety AVP Underwriting Officer OR VP, Senior Underwriting Officer to work out of anywhere in Philadelphia.

 

As the Surety Underwriter will work to analyze and underwrite a book of new and renewal business. Underwriters will use the Zurich Way of Underwriting Framework within delegated authority levels on highly complex assignments ensuring a high-level service to customers. In this role, you will partner with brokers and will utilize strong sales execution mindset to write profitable business.

 

To bring leading talent into the organization and foster a culture of innovation and excellence, we encourage professionals from wide range of backgrounds and industries to apply and:

 

  • Join a global company that gives you an opportunity to collaborate with some of the best talent in the business
  • Use your risk management, accounting, and/or finance experience to support the needs of our customers
  • Have the autonomy and freedom to be successful in your career
  • Experience a customized training program dedicated to those new joiners outside of the insurance industry

 

This role will be filled at either the Surety AVP Underwriting Officer OR VP, Senior Underwriting Officer. The hiring manager will determine the appropriate level based upon the selected applicant’s experience and skill set relative to the qualifications listed for this position.

 

 Additional responsibilities will include:

 

  • Proactively seek renewal and new account opportunities.
  • Complete detailed opportunity assessment with key distributors to identify growth opportunities.
  • Qualify accounts to meet with the organization's appetite, balanced with sound business opportunity.
  • Make agent/broker/customer and on-sight calls with a planned and well-prepared purpose.
  • Negotiate Terms & Conditions and close deals.
  • Cross-Sell other lines of business to increase product density with the account.
  • Participate in Sales Team meeting as related to assigned brokers and / or territory.
  • Proactively engage in the target account process, managing a qualified list of opportunities 90 to 120 days prior to effective date.
  • Update required systems with details of broker / client visits and account status within specified time frame.
  • Serve as key contact for assigned target accounts.
  • Develop strong broker and client networks as related to industries underwritten by Business Unit.
  • Contribute to development of u/w manuals, programs and guidelines.
  • Lead complex technical or long-term (over 6 months) business projects to implement new or changed systems, programs or products
  • Investigate, recommend and implement leading edge technical solutions when they meet customer needs

 

Basic Qualifications:

 

VP, Senior Underwriting Officer Qualifications:

 

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing, Finance, Accounting, Banking area
    OR
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area
    OR
  • Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 3 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing, Finance, Accounting, Banking area
    OR
  • Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 8 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area
    AND
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Experience working on time restraints for quotes on new and renewal business
  • Experience working in a team environment

 

OR 

 

Surety AVP Underwriting Officer Qualifications:

 

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 7 or more years of experience in the Underwriting, Market Facing, Finance, Accounting, or Banking area
    OR
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 14 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area
    OR
  • Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 5 or more years in the Underwriting, Market Facing, Finance, Accounting, or Banking area
    OR
  • Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 12 or more years of experience in the Claims or Underwriting Support area

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Microsoft Office experience


As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to any COVID-related health and safety protocols in place at that time (https://www.zurichna.com/careers/faq).

 

A future with Zurich. What can go right when you apply at Zurich?

 

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 150 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here to learn more.

 

As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet 

 

Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission. 

 

Location(s): AM - Philadelphia
Remote Working: Hybrid
Schedule: Full Time
 
Linkedin Recruiter Tag: #LI-JJ1 #LI-ASSOCIATE 


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia