Associate Underwriter

Location Name IA, Urbandale - 11201 Douglas Avenue
Date Posted
2 weeks ago(7/8/2024 3:04 PM)
Continental Western Group
Primary Location
NE, Lincoln
MN, Luverne

Company Details



Rated Best Places to Work 2020 and 2022 by Business Insurance, Continental Western Group is a regional property casualty insurance company offering commercial products and services through independent agents in the Midwest. CWG provides unique value through the service provided by our experienced group of employees and independent agents. Since 1886 - Strong, Local and Trusted.


As a Berkley company, we enjoy operational flexibility that allows us to deliver quality coverage solutions.  W. R. Berkley Corporation, and all member insurance companies, are rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, and carry Standard & Poor’s Financial Rating of A+ (Strong).


This role can be based in our three offices:


Urbandale, IA
Luverne, MN
Lincoln, NE


We offer a hybrid work schedule with 4 days in the office; and 1 day remote where it makes sense to do so.


The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer. #LI-AV1  #LI-hybrid


As an Associate underwriter, you'll accept, retain and price standard to moderate commercial property and casualty insurance risks in accordance with established underwriting guidelines and within delegated authority level. Partners with lead underwriter within assigned territory to achieve profitable growth objectives by properly classifying and pricing risks, and building strong internal and external business relationships.  


What you can expect:

  • Culture of innovation, teamwork, supportive colleagues and leaders willing to invest in talent
  • Internal mobility opportunities 
  • Visibility to senior leaders and partnership with cross functional teams
  • Opportunity to impact change
  • Benefits – competitive compensation, paid time off, comprehensive wellness benefits and programs, employer funded health savings account, profit sharing, 401k, paid parental leave, employee stock purchase plan, tuition assistance and professional continuing education

We'll count on you to:

  • Evaluate renewal commercial property/casualty risks and endorsements, within authority level, by examining business operations, classifications, contract forms, account information, claims experience, loss control surveys, financial reports, and risk acceptability.
  • Determine price in accordance with established underwriting guidelines and within delegated authority level. 
  • Prepare quotes or accepts and prices commercial property/casualty accounts that meet established risk selection criteria and are within the Underwriting Assistant’s assigned authority level.
  • Consult agent for additional information when necessary. Within authority, determines if account will be renewed or cancelled.
  • Develop and maintain professional, productive working relationships with agency force to encourage profitability, growth and good understanding of our Company’s pricing and risk selection philosophy.
  • Assist agents with questions regarding risk information and billing.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management.


What you need to have:

  • 2+ years related work experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of underwriting principles and policy forms
  • Ability to evaluate and recommend solutions to work-related problems
  • Ability to analyze insurance risks to determine the degree of acceptability and pricing
  • Customer service and teamwork oriented
  • Strong desk management skills, ability to multitask, independently organize work and prioritize competing demands and requests to complete tasks within required time constraints
  • Strong collaboration skills and teamwork minded
  • Verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with all level of internal and external contacts with an ability to articulate clearly and concisely
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and company business systems
  • Ability to travel occasionally in assigned territory

What makes you stand out:

  • Associate’s degree preferred
  • Commercial rating experience desired
  • Completion of or working toward AINS, AU or similar designation
  • Demonstrates strong business acumen and critical thinking skills
  • Intermediate knowledge of underwriting principles and policy forms
  • Adept to fast-paced and changing environments

Additional Company Details

We do not accept any unsolicited resumes from external recruiting agencies or firms.

The company offers a competitive compensation plan and robust benefits package for full time regular employees.

The actual salary for this position will be determined by a number of factors, including the scope, complexity and location of the role; the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; and other conditions of employment.

Sponsorship Details

Sponsorship not Offered for this Role


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