09/26/2022

Contract Surety Market Facing Underwriter (Senior or AVP)

  • Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.
  • San Francisco, CA, United States

Job Description

Zurich Insurance is currently looking for an experienced Contract Surety Market Facing Underwriter in the West Region. This is a highly technical and market facing position and requires experience with Surety lines of business. This position will be located in San Francisco, CA and will support a multi-state book of business in the west. This position will require approximately 20% travel and a company car will be provided. 

 

As a Contract Surety Underwriting Officer at Zurich, you will be responsible for utilizing your sales/marketing, relationship building and analytical skills to analyze and underwrite new and renewal Surety business.

 

This is a market facing position and we are looking for someone with a strong sales mindset who will proactively seek renewal and new account opportunities, as well as identify growth opportunities. Building strong relationships with distributors (agents and brokers) and our customers in support of business retention and acquisition of new business is a key responsibility of this role. Identifying growth opportunities by determining our customer’s insurance needs and providing the right solutions will also be a critical responsibility of this position. 

 

This role will be filled at either the Senior or AVP Level.  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.

 

Our Senior/AVP Market Facing Underwriting Officer is responsible for:

 

  • Production and underwriting of new and renewal Surety business

  • Handling of a large book of prominent accounts

  • Internal marketing and production within Zurich North America in support of our cross-sell efforts 

  • Execution of the external marketing strategy

  • Adherence to underwriting rules and guidelines, insurance laws, regulations and the Zurich Way of underwriting

  • Establish new as well as develop existing agency and broker relationships

  • Working within limits and authorities on assignments of varying degrees of complexity 


Senior Surety Market Facing Underwriter Basic Qualifications: 

 

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 5 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing 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 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
     

AVP, Surety Market Facing Underwriter Basic Qualifications: 

 

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 7 or more years of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing 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 of experience in the Underwriting or Market Facing 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:  

 

  • Advanced knowledge and practice of Surety Bonds

  • Strong managerial, team building, and organizational skills

  • Established Broker relationships

  • Strong relationship, presentation skills, negotiation and leadership skills

  • Ability to interact with the C-Suite

  • Knowledge in risk selection and assessment

  • Ability to manage complex portfolios

  • Technical knowledge of insurance industry operations and processes

  • Knowledge of loss trends, triangles and ratemaking


As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to our COVID-related health and safety protocols (https://www.zurichna.com/careers/faq), including, without limitation, a requirement that employees attest as to their vaccination status with a YES/NO, and upload proof of vaccination status, or negative COVID test results when allowable, to a third-party vendor. These are continuously re-evaluated and the requirements may change at any time.  
 
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 
 
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Location(s): AM - San Francisco, AM - Sacramento
Remote Working: No
Schedule: Full Time
 
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