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Underwriting Specialist Financial Institutions

Job Level:  Professional
Location: 

Chicago, IL, US, 60606

Due Date:  as soon as possible
Area of Expertise:  Underwriting
Unit:  Allianz Global Corporate Specialty
Job Type:  Full-Time
Remote Job:  Not applicable
Employment Type:  Permanent
ID:  2194

Role Purpose

  • Underwrite profitable new and renewal business to meet MidCorp targets regionally including global elements
  • Ownership of large accounts / clients including negotiation of participation, pricing and terms and conditions
  • Training and development of team and referral point for underwriters
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with brokers and clients
  • Specialized technical expertise / lead for at least one sub-LoB
  • Work effectively within the global matrix

 

Key Responsibilities

Underwrite Profitable Business

  • Underwrite new and renewal accounts to meet top and bottom line targets
  • Negotiate price and terms and conditions with producers
  • Proactively manage capacity
  • Underwrite and evaluate Natural Catastrophe Accumulation, ensuring an understanding of catastrophe modeling and interpretation of scenarios (for relevant LoBs)
  • Underwrite International Insurance Programs (for relevant LoBs)

Underwriting Approach and Compliance

  • Underwrite in line with LoB governance framework - e.g. Underwriting Authorities, global MSU, Underwriting Guidelines, Rules and Principles
  • Ensure contract certainty is achieved on all accounts at time of inception
  • Ensure utilization of global pricing tools
  • Ensure placing and binding of FAC Reinsurance prior to policy inception

Policy Documentation and Administration

  • Ensure accurate policy documentation issued to producers (where AGCS responsibility to do so) or producers has issued documentation (where producer responsibility)
  • File maintenance – ensure file is established (whether electronic or paper) and maintained for each risk and transaction handled
  • Proactively support completion of policy administration and credit control processes

Underwriting Strategy & Leadership

  • Contribute to development and execution of regional Underwriting strategy for LoB regionally
  • Training, developing and coaching of less experienced staff (including Underwriters)
  • Manage complex referrals from underwriters and spokes and re-underwrite complex business as appropriate
  • Delegate work as appropriate

Market Management

  • Proactively support acquisition of new business and retention of existing business (including client and producer negotiations where necessary)
  • Proactively liaise with MMC on market management initiatives

Relationship Management

  • Positively represent AGCS externally to the market
  • Proactively drive involvement of functional areas in Underwriting process, including e.g. MMC, ARC, Claims, Operations
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key producers and clients and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. risk managers)

 

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor Degree: Preferably degree in Economics, Finance, Insurance Management, or Business Administration
  • Trade Qualification: Completion of professional insurance qualification (e.g. CII)
  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of significant experience in Underwriting profitable business in LoB; specialized expert understanding of sub-LoB products and portfolio
  • Recognized relationships with brokers at peer group level and well established within market
  • Specialized understanding of regional / local LoB insurance markets and competitor landscape, including global elements
  • Good understanding of legal and regulatory framework
  • Experience working in complex, global matrix organization
  • Risk Assessment and Management: Ability to assess risk inherent exposures and natural hazards relevant to LoB
  • Pricing and Market mgt: Analyze current performance against benchmarks applying how the market operates and functions, the business needs and customer needs
  • Contract Drafting and Interpretation: Design, develop and implement consistent, robust wordings
  • Policy Management Robust understanding of policy administration life cycle, information collection, policy issuance, premium bookings, credit control, cancellation
  • Advanced Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze highly complex data, from multiple sources, in detail; identify and resolve issues before they transpire
  • Advanced Communication & Presentation: Ability to express ideas and messages clearly, both written and verbally; ability to "sell" an improvised or prepared audience winning story

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is a leading global corporate insurance carrier and a key business unit of Allianz Group. We provide risk consultancy, Property-Casualty insurance solutions and alternative risk transfer for a wide spectrum of commercial, corporate and specialty risks across 10 dedicated lines of business.

Our customers are as diverse as business can be, ranging from Fortune Global 500 companies to small businesses, and private individuals. Among them are not only the world’s largest consumer brands, tech companies and the global aviation and shipping industry, but also wineries, satellite operators or Hollywood film productions. They all look to AGCS for smart answers to their largest and most complex risks in a dynamic, multinational business environment and trust us to deliver an outstanding claims experience.

 

Worldwide, AGCS operates with its own teams in 32 countries and through the Allianz Group network and partners in over 200 countries and territories, employing over 4,300 people. As one of the largest Property-Casualty units of Allianz Group, we are backed by strong and stable financial ratings. In 2019, AGCS generated a total of €9.1 billion gross premium globally.

 

For more information, visit www.agcs.allianz.com or follow us on Twitter @AGCS_Insurance and LinkedIn.


Nearest Major Market: Chicago