Commercial Underwriting Specialist

Location Name IA, Urbandale - 11201 Douglas Avenue
Date Posted
2 months ago(11/29/2021 2:31 PM)
Berkley Agribusiness
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Berkley Agribusiness works with ambitious agribusiness and food industry clients to help them own their futures. Our culture is built on the belief that everyone has the power to create the future they deserve.  Every Berkley Agribusiness team member must have the courage to challenge the status quo, collaboratively working with our clients to find creative property and casualty insurance solutions that drive them to succeed. We depend on our ability to listen to our clients — and our experience to help them make fact-based decisions that help their businesses thrive.


Berkley Agribusiness is part of the W. R. Berkley Corporation (WRBC). Founded in 1967, WRBC is one of the nation’s premier commercial lines property casualty insurance providers. WRBC’s international business operates in selected regions throughout the world, including Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia.

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Accepts, retains and prices agribusiness insurance risks of significant size or technical complexity in accordance with established underwriting guidelines and within delegated authority level.  Manages book of business to achieve profitable growth objectives by properly classifying and pricing risks; building strong internal and external business relationships; analyzing competitive marketing data, and developing, implementing and monitoring action plans as appropriate.  Serves as the point of contact for assigned agencies and is responsible for the agency relationship.  Serves as technical underwriting resource to staff and facilitates the placement of facultative reinsurances as needed.

  • Assesses new commercial agribusiness insurance risks and determines accurate classification of business, policy contract forms and pricing of risk.  Works within broad limits and authority on commercial underwriting accounts of significant size or high technical complexity.  Evaluates property (COPE) information, liability exposures, fleet and safety programs, loss history, financial reports, risk control reports, etc.  Accepts and prices risk in accordance with established underwriting guidelines and within delegated authority level.   
  • Reviews renewal accounts by examining business operations, classification, contract forms and loss activity.   Determines if account is an acceptable risk or if it will be non-renewed.  Determines price in accordance with established underwriting guidelines and within delegated authority level.  Reviews accounts and endorsement requests exceeding Senior Underwriter, Underwriter or Underwriting Assistant’s authority level and takes appropriate procedural action.   
  •  Develops, expands and/or enhances agency relationships to promote profitability and growth of new business and the retention of existing business.  Travels and meets with agents and customers to enhance business relationships.  Educates agency staff on pricing, product set and risk selection philosophy.  Participates in the agency management process.  Assesses the strengths and weaknesses of agencies and assists them in achieving the mutual goal of sustained profitable growth.    
  • Identifies new business opportunities from the agency force to assess, quote, inspect and accept.  Collaborates with Underwriting team, Risk Control, Claims, IT and Senior Management to create strong agency partnerships and build a profitable book of business.  Effectively manages book of business to achieve established profitability, growth and retention goals.   
  • Serves as a technical underwriting resource to underwriting staff and agents regarding products, coverages and rating procedures.  Provides professional development knowledge and guidance to Senior Underwriters, Underwriters, Underwriting Assistants and other functional areas.
  • Identifies and handles accounts that require placement of facultative reinsurance and facilitates placement through W.R. Berkley Corporation approved markets.   
  • Analyzes agency results, competitive marketing data and operating environment of territory/agency.  Stays current on relevant insurance industry trends and issues. 


  • Bachelor's degree Preferred; five to eight years commercial underwriting experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of commercial underwriting guidelines, insurance forms and coverages and a proven ability to exercise good judgment and creativity when assessing and accepting large and/or technically complex commercial risks.  Commercial agribusiness underwriting experience highly desired.

Ability to travel as needed; effectively and professionally respond to inquiries from external customers; organize, prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment; communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.  Possess strong customer orientation; problem analysis and problem resolution skills; and effective interpersonal and communication skills including presentation skills. Regularly and consistently demonstrates commitment to company values and guiding principles.  Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


Valid driver’s license for travel.  Completion of or working toward AU, CPCU or similar designation.


Must be fully vaccinated and remain fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless prohibited by law. * 


Additional Company Details

The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Additional Requirements

*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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