Sr Claims Representative

Location Name IA, Urbandale - 11201 Douglas Avenue
Date Posted
3 weeks ago(3/20/2020 5:27 PM)
Berkley Agribusiness
Primary Location

Company Details



Berkley Agribusiness is a provider of property and casualty insurance solutions for select commercial agribusiness 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.


Responsible for the handling of moderate to higher exposure commercial auto and general liability claims or litigated matters.   Works to adjust claims in a prompt, equitable manner by analyzing coverage, liability and damages, evaluating reserves, negotiating settlement or conclusion of claim.  Incumbent will travel as necessary on assigned files and must be able to effectively manage litigation budgets and outside counsel.  
This position can be worked remotely. 


  • Investigates loss, evaluates exposures, establishes accurate reserves and manages defense and settlement or conclusion of litigated and higher severity commercial claims.  Re-evaluates exposures and reserves during the life of the claim.  Correctly enters claim data into claim and related systems for reporting purposes.  Confers with Claims Manager/Director and Claims Vice President to inform, solicit input and strategize.  Utilizes Claims Department staff to assist with investigations. Coordinates investigation with Subrogation, Arbitration and Salvage Recovery Units. 
  • Selects appropriate outside legal counsel to coordinate the defense of each suit.  Strategizes and evaluates, with assistance of outside defense counsel, to determine direction of defense, e.g., defend to conclusion; compromise; or negotiate a fair and equitable settlement.  Assigns tasks, sets completion dates and establishes costs.
  • Provides leadership, mentoring, technical advice and direction to the Claims Department staff on complex commercial casualty claims. 
  • Attends settlement conferences, depositions, pre-trial hearings and trials when advisable.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management.

This Position can be worked Remotely 


  • Bachelor's degree; or ten years casualty claims experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to travel on an occasional basis
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of insurance coverage, laws and regulations
  • Effectively manage a project and/or lead a team
  • Possess strong customer orientation
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills including the ability to convey and receive information effectively
  • Ability to evaluate and successfully negotiate claims
  • Judgment, analytical and decision making skills
  • Organization skills to effectively establish work priorities
  • Regularly and consistently demonstrates commitment to company values and guiding principles. 
  • Ability to efficiently operate a personal computer and related claims and business software including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.


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