AVP Risk Control

Location Name IA, Urbandale - 11201 Douglas Avenue
Date Posted
4 months ago(4/17/2020 3:57 PM)
Berkley Agribusiness
Primary Location
MN, Minneapolis - 222 S 9th Street - Suite 2500
MO, Chesterfield - 14755 North Outer Forty
IL, Chicago - 230 W Monroe
Risk Management

Company Details



Berkley Agribusiness is a provider of property and casualty insurance solutions for select commercial agribusiness and 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 Assistant Vice President-Risk Control provides strategic direction, coordination and evaluation of the entire Risk Control function.  Proactively participates with the senior management team and functional department staff in developing and executing strategic plans to meet business objectives.  Leads all strategic business processes and supporting programs that identify, measure, and monitor risks and exposures for Claims and Underwriting departments. Additionally, this position is charged with balancing resources across operating departments for Field Operations and Technical Services, as required and productivity standards dictate.


Creates a positive work environment between all functional areas of the organization and closely coordinates with the leadership of the Underwriting and Claims functional areas to ensure enterprise alignment and strategy.   An important aspect of this role is the design and maintenance of the enterprise system that supports all Risk Control functions, including reporting, productivity and balancing resources among various departments and operating units in accordance to demand.

  • Responsible for key deliverables to the senior leadership team such as management reporting of risk assessments, development and implementation of appropriate and improved policies, procedures, productivity measures and quality measures. Additionally, directs special projects and investigative studies for both the Field Operations and Technical Services areas to continuously improve the expertise, service delivery approach and organization within the industry.
  • Directly responsible for achieving annual budget, managing expenses, FTE and productivity. Assists with developing and is responsible for achieving the annual business plan through the selection, development, mentoring, and retention of talent.  Provides frequent and specific constructive feedback to staff.  Provides technical advice, direction and mentoring to staff.
  • Through others, manages geographic and line of business mix to develop a sound book of business and achieve profitability objectives; ensuring delivery of timely, high quality and profitable products and services throughout the portfolio.
  • Oversees relations with the appropriate regulatory agencies and ensure awareness and compliance of all regulations.
  • Advises at senior level on Risk Control issues relating to on-going and future operational issues throughout the organization.
  • Directs the management of vendor performance and relationships.
  • Plans, allocates and manages financial budget by anticipating expenditures, accurately forecasting resource needs/costs and properly accounting for expenses to meet requirements and achieve fiscal responsibility.
  • Directly manages staff within the Risk Control Department.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Risk Management, Insurance, Business Administration or related degree. 
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in Loss Control/Risk Control and property and casualty insurance, at least five years in a managerial or supervisory role.  A Master’s degree in a related field is a plus. 
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis, approximately 25%. 
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, lead and influence work through others; knowledge of occupational safety and health, commercial agribusiness insurance, agency management and marketing techniques; advanced business acumen and analytical skills to interpret financial and business information.
  • Regularly and consistently demonstrates commitment to company values and guiding principles.  Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Must be adaptable to change and capable of proactively leading sustainable change; effective interpersonal skills required to develop and expand partnerships with internal and external customers, as well as to influence the way business partners think, feel, or behave without having direct control.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership capabilities as a role model for collaboration, communication, clarity and success. Creates an environment for managers and employees to succeed by attracting, developing, recognizing and retaining top industry talent.
  • A valid driver’s license for travel.  Completion of or working toward Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) or Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) strongly preferred.


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