Lead Associate Underwriter

Location Name IA, Urbandale - 11201 Douglas Avenue
Date Posted
1 month ago(10/20/2021 7:55 PM)
Continental Western Group
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Company Details


Rated Best Places to Work 2020 by Business Insurance

Continental Western Group is a regional property casualty insurance company offering commercial products and services through independent agents in the Midwest. CWG provides unique value through the service provided by our experienced group of employees and independent agents. Since 1886 - Strong, Local and Trusted. As a Berkley company, we enjoy operational flexibility that allows us to deliver quality coverage solutions.  W. R. Berkley Corporation, and all member insurance companies, are rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, and carry Standard & Poor’s Financial Rating of A+ (Strong).


Accepts, retains and prices standard to moderate to complex commercial property and casualty insurance risks in accordance with established underwriting guidelines and within delegated authority level. Partners with lead underwriter within assigned territory to achieve profitable growth objectives by properly classifying and pricing risks, and building strong internal and external business relationships, Trains and mentors Underwriting Assistants.

  • Evaluates complex commercial property/casualty risks, within authority level, by examining business operations, classifications, contract forms, account information, claims experience, loss control surveys, financial reports, and risk acceptability. Determines price in accordance with established underwriting guidelines and within delegated authority level.  Prepares quotes or accepts and prices commercial property/casualty accounts that meet established risk selection criteria and are within the Lead Associate Underwriter’s assigned authority level. Consults agent for additional information when necessary. Within authority, determines if account will be renewed or cancelled.
  • Develops and maintains professional, productive working relationships with agency force to encourage profitability, growth and good understanding of our Company’s pricing and risk selection philosophy.  Actively participates in Sales Department initiatives.  Assists agents with questions regarding accounts and billing. 
  • Trains, mentors and coaches Associate Underwriters.  Fulfills role of rating and workflow expert for the Underwriting team.
  • Will perform peer quality reviews and provide trending information to leader. Will offer recommendations for team training on areas  that need improvement.
  • Participates in special projects or committees for the betterment of the entire team.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management.


  • Associates Degree; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrates proven ability to handle moderately complex commercial accounts. 
  • Commercial rating experience desired. 
  • Completion of or working toward AINS, AU or similar designation.
  • Partners with business teams to gather feedback and evaluate for process improvements.
  • Can handle team project assignments and can identify and solve problems independently.
  • Demonstrates strong business acumen and critical thinking skills

Additional Company Details

The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Additional Requirements

Must be fully vaccinated and remain fully vaccinated against COVID-19*, unless prohibited by law.
The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer.

*Per the CDC, fully vaccinated means at least 2 weeks after (1) a second dose in a 2-dose series, or (2) a single-dose vaccine, and this status and definition applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


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