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Senior Underwriter, Liability Department, Japan, Underwriting Division

Job Level:  Professional

Minato-ku, Tokyo, JP, 107-0051

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:  602

Job Purpose/Role

  • Develop and execute the LoB local strategy and proactively support the development of the global LoB strategy
  • Manage all local LoB portfolio to ensure the successful achievement of the global AGCS LoB targets
  • Manage all local LoB UW staff
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with brokers and clients


Future challenges:

  • Continued regional expansion
  • Effective management within the global matrix


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and Manage Underwriting Team
  • Lead and manage local team, including direct reports and matrix management of functional reports
  • Manage cost center budget within plan


Underwriting Strategy

  • Develop and execute local UW strategy for line of business
  • Support the development of global Underwriting LoB strategy, in line with AGCS CUO
  • Support the development of cross LoB regional strategy, in line with Regional CEO


Underwriting Approach and Compliance

  • Ensure underwriting consistency and underwriting discipline and adherence to all corporate guidelines and authority levels, including Rules and Principles, Underwriting Authorities, corporate governance rules, and local regulatory framework
  • Referral / case Underwriting of key clients as required


Product Development

  • Proactively support development and implementation of new and modified products
  • Proactively support development and implementation of pricing tools
  • Maintain executive contacts and accompany the Underwriting of all core or strategic accounts


Market & Relationship Management

  • Proactively support acquisition of new business and retention of existing business (including client and broker negotiations where necessary)
  • Coordinate with local Distribution Management to drive successful execution of strategic plan
  • Communicate local LoB strategy externally
  • Positively represent AGCS internally within the Allianz Group, and externally to the market
  • Proactively drive involvement of functional areas in Underwriting process, including e.g. Distribution Management, ARC, Claims, Operations


Key Requirements/Skills/Experience
Required experience:

  • Significant experience in Underwriting management position in relevant line of business
  • Expert understanding of regional / local LoB insurance markets and competitor landscape
  • Well recognized relationship building with brokers at peer group level and well established within local market
  • Expert understanding of legal and regulatory framework
  • Significant experience in leadership and development of direct teams internationally and within complex global matrix environments


Required education:

  • Preferably Degree in Economics, Law, or other appropriate discipline
  • Completion of professional insurance qualification (e.g. CII, CPCU)


Technical skills:

  • 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


General skills:

  • Communication & Presentation: Ability to express ideas and messages clearly, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to "sell" an improvised or prepared audience winning story
  • Influencing skills: Ability to persuade and motivate others to act, without executive authority
  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze highly complex data, from multiple sources, in detail; identify and resolve issues before they transpire
  • Managing people: Ability to lead and manage a team of underwriters. Includes the ability to delegate tasks, steer team direction/goals, etc.
  • Fluent in Japanese (business level)

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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.


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