Director of Underwriting - Agribusiness

Location Name IA, Urbandale - 11201 Douglas Avenue
Date Posted
3 months ago(5/6/2020 1:53 PM)
Berkley Agribusiness
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Company Details



Berkley Agribusiness is a provider of property and casualty insurance solutions for select commercial agribusiness/food accounts and is a subsidiary of the W. R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 company recognized as one of the most respected names in the property casualty insurance industry.


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.



The Underwriting Director will lead an assigned team within the Underwriting Department to support the company’s business plan goals of profitability, managed growth and enhanced competitive advantage and to ensure that professional and prompt underwriting service is provided to customers.

  • Recruits, trains, challenges, motivates and mentors underwriting staff to assure excellence in customer service, quality, profitability and productivity. Leads and utilizes team meetings to share information and solicit input from staff. Serves as technical underwriting resource to team.
  • Provides product development support and research, workflow efficiencies, and best practices for the Underwriting Department.
  • Helps the underwriting team assess new and renewal middle-market food and commercial agribusiness insurance risks and determines accurate classification of business, policy contract forms and pricing of risk through referrals per Letters of Authority.
  • Works within broad limits and authority on commercial underwriting accounts of significant size or high technical complexity.
  • Monitors and analyzes underwriting production metrics including but not limited to loss experience, agency performance, identifying trends and analyzing competitive marketing data.
  • Collaborates closely with other functional areas of Business Development, Risk Control, Claims and IT to accomplish goals and projects that will help build and maintain a profitable book of business.


  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university is required
  • 8 to 10 years property and casualty underwriting experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of commercial insurance coverages and experience with middle-market/large and/or technically complex commercial risks.
  • Commercial food and agribusiness underwriting experience and advanced insurance education desired.
  • Prior leadership experience is preferred.



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