• Commercial Underwriting Manager

    Location Name IA, Urbandale - 11201 Douglas Avenue
    Date Posted
    3 weeks ago(1/3/2019 2:39 PM)
    Continental Western Group
    Primary Location
    IN, Indianapolis - 10475 Crosspoint Blvd.
  • Company Details


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    A trusted insurance carrier since 1886, Continental Western Group (CWG) offers a broad array of commercial insurance products for businesses in 13 states from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Lakes. Our goal is to be the strong, local and trusted choice for independent insurance agents and customers.


    About W. R. Berkley Corporation
    W. R. Berkley Corporation, founded in 1967, is one of the nation’s premier commercial lines property casualty insurance providers. Each of the operating units in the Berkley group participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about a territory or product. Our competitive advantage lies in our long-term strategy of decentralized operations, allowing each of our units to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and local customer needs. This decentralized structure provides financial accountability and incentives to local management and enables us to attract and retain the highest caliber professionals. We have the expertise and resources to utilize our strengths in the present environment, and the flexibility to anticipate, innovate and respond to whatever opportunities and challenges the future may hold.


    The Commercial Underwriting Manager is responsible for effectively managing an assigned commercial underwriting function and staff.  Drives profitable underwriting results and managed growth through leadership, development and engagement. Leads the development and implementation of strategies for driving long term success in middle market property and casualty across all major lines of business. Position will be based in Des Moines Metro Area or remotely from Indiana, Illinois or Michigan. 


    • Develops a high performing team of Middle Market Underwriting professionals through leadership acumen and execution.   Demonstrates genuine care and delivers coaching to staff and leaders in order to further develop their skills set and performance for current and future roles.  Contributes to the organization’s success by developing business unit and individual performance goals and measuring results.  

    • Monitors the risk acceptability, pricing adequacy and classification accuracy of accounts to ensure profitability and managed growth of business.  Consults with underwriters and Home Office Underwriting on risk acceptability, coverages, pricing, terms and conditions.

    •  Underwrites accounts exceeding authority level of underwriting staff and determines accurate classification of business, policy contract forms and pricing of risk.  

    • Engages agency partners through selective travel, involvement in distribution related events, and correspondence on key accounts.  Contributes leadership and oversight of the selection and management of the distribution plant of independent agencies.


           Education & Experience

    • Five to Ten years of commercial lines underwriting experience.  Supervisory or management experience is preferred.
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience preferred.    
    • Well rounded experience and an in-depth knowledge of Middle Market - Commercial Insurance programs, policies, practices, coverages, forms, underwriting strategies

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

    • Demonstrated critical thinking, problem analysis, and problem resolution skills at both a strategic and functional level
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with ability to communicate across all levels of the enterprise
    • Demonstrated ability to lead people and influence others to achieve results
    • Previous team leadership experience with an ability and passion for talent development
    • Adjusts rapidly to changing situations in order to respond to a changing business environment or priorities
    • Strong customer orientation


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