Senior Underwriter

Location Name CA, Walnut Creek
Date Posted
2 months ago(10/12/2021 7:21 PM)
Preferred Employers Insurance
Primary Location
US-CA-Walnut Creek
CA, San Diego - 9797 Aero Drive
CA, Los Angeles

Company Details


Preferred Employers Insurance is a member company of the W. R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 company rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company. Take your career to the next level and join us! Find out why we are the preferred workers’ compensation insurance solution for California employers.


Preferred Employers Insurance Company began operations in San Diego, California in 1998. The company provides workers’ compensation insurance for a wide variety of industries. Our goal is to provide our customers with a stable and reliable workers’ compensation insurance product regardless of market cycles. We are dedicated to being the preferred workers’ compensation insurance solution for California businesses.


The Senior Underwriter is primarily responsible for risk evaluation and pricing for new and existing business in accordance with the company’s underwriting approach and guidelines.  The Senior Underwriter develops and fosters positive, professional, and effective relationships with the company’s broker partners, as well as achieves company growth and profitability objectives.  This position is expected to exhibit a high level of technical expertise, while exercising sound judgment, and delivering consistent results. The Senior Underwriter is also expected to be a leader and role model within the department, helping to train and mentor less experienced staff.  The Senior Underwriter is expected to be solution oriented and exhibit a strong customer experience mindset.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Selects new business and evaluates renewal accounts in accordance with company underwriting philosophy and guidelines.
  • Works within established authority parameters and adheres to written/verbal processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrates a professional, courteous attitude with brokers and other company staff. Responds quickly and ethically to all requests/issues.  Assists in issue resolution and will coordinate with other departments when necessary.
  • Provides accurate and thorough guidance to brokers regarding the company’s appetite philosophy and pricing guidelines.
  • Monitors performance criteria, including premium and unit count goals, mix of business, production ratios for assigned brokers/product segments.
  • Achieves company growth objectives by recognizing sales opportunities, soliciting desirable business, supporting company rate strategy and diligent follow-up on quoted business.
  • Travels to brokers providing field underwriting and quoting as needed.
  • Reviews claims activity, loss control surveys, and inspection reports for existing policies, handling as required.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in Marketing/Sales to achieve shared objectives and execute company strategy.
  • Determines the appropriate course of action for policy changes, delegating as appropriate to processing assistants for handling.
  • Provides mentoring and training to less experienced staff members.
  • Embraces the importance of the customer experience and is execution oriented.
  • Uses an innovative mindset to improve the department function and achieve strategic objectives.
  • Handles other projects or initiatives as assigned.


  • BA/BS degree from an accredited institution, or equivalent preferred.
  • 5+ years’ experience in California workers’ compensation underwriting or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, decision oriented environment.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong PC literacy (i.e. Excel, Word, Policy System etc).
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.

This role may be remote for the right candidate.

Additional Company Details

The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Additional Requirements

COVID-19 vaccine required unless prohibited by law.


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