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Technical Underwriting Director, Liability

Zurich Insurance Group

Zurich Insurance Group

Schaumburg, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Technical Underwriting Director, Liability


Zurich North America is currently looking for a Technical Director, Liability Lines of Business for our North America Technical Underwriting team. This position reports to the Chief Underwriting Officer and our preference is for the position to be based in our New York, NY or Schaumburg, IL Zurich offices, with some business travel expected.

The Liability Technical Director is responsible for managing a team, and establishing Zurich North America underwriting standards, driving underwriting guidelines and appetite, defining authority levels, and monitoring underwriting actions. S/he provides insights, underwriting knowledge, and supports product development across business units.

This leader will utilize their expertise to manage, design and drive diverse multidimensional strategies for our Liability book of business. S/he will work closely with our Global Colleagues and Business Unit Heads of Underwriting to deliver portfolio quality and performance measurements, technical underwriting strategies, product management and pricing that support the achievement of the financial plans for our market-facing units. We are looking for a leader with strong influencing and leadership skills and the ability to cultivate portfolio insights and actionable underwriting plans.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Support Underwriting and Claims engagement, including delivery of insights.
  • Monitor and provide thought leadership on trends, emerging issues and exposures.
  • Large Loss Lessons learned.
  • Reinsurance activities.
  • Identification and management of portfolio quality metrics.
  • Risk selection, capacity deployment and account structure tactics and strategies.
  • Product health and product development with support from Head of Product Development.
  • Continuous improvement and transparency of pricing tools.
  • Address regulatory issues and changes in legislation as needed.
  • Ability to manage, attract and retain a team of technical underwriters that can deliver high quality performance.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 12 or more years of experience in the Liability & Casualty Commercial Insurance Industry
  • Experience operating in different business cultures
  • Supervisory or management experience
  • Liability lines of business experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced and in-depth knowledge of Liability Lines of Business, to include Auto, General Liability, Excess Liability, and Product Liability
  • Portfolio management, underwriting, product underwriting, product development, risk selection and pricing experience
  • Strong people management experience including development of talent, Multi-level leadership skills
  • Experience building and implementing key strategies
  • Strong influencing, collaboration, conflict resolution, and presentation skills
  • Executive presence and the ability to interact across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to manage vision and purpose, lead the organization through innovative and creative thinking

Compensation for roles at Zurich varies depending on a wide array of factors, including but not limited to, the specific office location, role, skill set, and level of experience. As required by local law, Zurich provides in good faith a reasonable range of compensation for roles. For additional information about our Total Rewards, click here. Other rewards may include short term incentive bonuses and merit increases. Candidates with salary expectations outside of the range are encouraged to apply, and will be considered based on experience, skill, and education. The starting salary range for this position is $211,600 - $370,300.

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 - Schaumburg, AM - New York
Remote Working: Hybrid
Schedule: Full Time
Employment Sponsorship Offered: No

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