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VP, Underwriting Area Manager, Large Casualty


Zurich North America is currently looking for an experienced Casualty Area Underwriting Manager for National Accounts in our MidAtlantic Region. This position will be based in our Philadelphia Office. The Casualty Area Underwriting Manager will be responsible for developing and driving the success of our Large Casualty book of business.  This is a critical leadership position and we are looking for a leader that will manage the MidAtlantic’s financial plan, drive strategy, drive rate and retention along with cultivating broker/client relationships.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Establishing key performance targets and financial budgets in order to optimize business performance in line with underwriting objectives to meet/exceed the financial plan with a focus on rate and retention for Large Casualty National Accounts in the MidAtlantic Region
  • Managing and mentoring a team of underwriters by acting a technical resource and shepherding the referral process
  • Helping the team manage the new business pipeline
  • Managing relationships with key internal stakeholders in order to identify opportunities for service improvement to ensure commercial viability and customer satisfaction
  • Participating in leadership team meetings of assigned area to provide specialist guidance and enable the implementation of policies, projects and change initiatives to produce profitable results
  • Contributing to the business strategy to align underwriting strategy with wider business goals
  • Overseeing development plans for underwriters to ensure the capability exists to drive business results.
  • Recommending and implementing action plans after reviewing agency books of business and profit/growth results and trends
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with distributors (agents and brokers) in support of business retention and new business and work with customers and distributors (agents & brokers) to determine their insurance-related needs and provide solutions


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree and 10 or more years of experience in the Underwriting, Market Facing, Broker, Carrier or Risk Management area within the Commercial Insurance industry OR
  • Bachelors Degree with 20 or more years of experience in Claims or Underwriting Support area within the Commercial Insurance industry
  • Experience working with Primary Casualty lines of business including Workers Compensation, General Liability and Auto
  • 2 or more years of people management experience


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge and practice of Large Casualty lines of business
  • Advanced knowledge of Loss Sensitive Plans, including SIRs, retros and deductibles
  • Strong managerial, team building, collaboration and organizational skills
  • Established Broker relationships in the region
  • Strong relationship, presentation skills, negotiation and leadership skills
  • Ability to interact with the C-Suite
  • Knowledge in risk selection and assessment, along with the ability to manage complex portfolios
  • Technical knowledge of insurance industry operations and processes
  • Knowledge of loss trends, triangles and ratemaking




A future with 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 148 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 - Philadelphia

Remote Working: No

Schedule: Full Time

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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