AVP, E&S Manager

Location Name NJ, Morristown - Suite G50
Date Posted
2 months ago(2/3/2023 11:31 AM)
Berkley One
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Company Details



Berkley One exists to insure and protect the lifestyles of a modern generation of affluence. We seek clients that are sophisticated individuals and families who require world-class risk and claims management customized to their needs, a team of select expert independent agents and innovative digital tools to keep it simple and easy. We’ll blend our partners, products and capabilities with all that is Berkley, generating a modern solution for the customers we serve.


Our culture is one of innovation, creativity and teamwork. Our team is highly motivated, passionate about our business, and deeply experienced in developing and delivering product and service solutions in the personal insurance marketplace.


The company is an equal employment opportunity employer.


The E&S Underwriting Manager (AVP or VP) will be the first leader of Berkley One E&S!  You will play an integral role in developing our E&S Underwriting practice. This role will lead the underwriting team in areas including new business production, renewal retention and broker relationship development. You will also be responsible for building and managing the agency plant as we scale our E&S capabilities, weigh in on state and product expansion, and ensure we are conducting our underwriting practices in compliance with all regulations.


This position can be based in our Morristown, NJ office. We offer a hybrid work schedule with 3 days in the office; and 2 days remote where it makes sense to do so.


Key functions include but are not limited to:

  • Build and develop Berkley One's E&S Underwriting practice and portfolio:
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues to deploy Berkley One’s E&S Underwriting capability
    • Use previous experience to determine risk acceptability, pricing, coverage, terms and conditions with a goal of growing a profitable portfolio
    • Review and approve new business, endorsements and renewals that fall within underwriting authority and company guidelines. Refer risks that fall outside authority or guidelines
    • Develop, analyze and evaluate information and exposures for complex risks
    • Interface with Enterprise Risk Management, Actuarial and other business functions to actively manage all exposures
    • Measure and optimize portfolio progress by reviewing and analyzing underwriting data and monitoring industry best practices to identify opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Broker partnerships:
    • Develop, maintain and manage broker relationships based on trust, the value of your expertise, and your reputation
    • Work with producers to solicit, underwrite and price new and renewal surplus lines personal property and casualty business
    • Implement annual goals and strategies for brokers and regularly track progress to plan
    • Use your knowledge and expertise to craft the best solutions for broker customers
  • Lead and manage E&S Underwriting team:
    • Coach and guide staff to ensure they are following underwriting guidelines, adhering to authority and provide high quality customer service
    • Engage team in building strong and successful agency relationships
    • Engage in all talent management activities including performance, goal setting, compensation and other activities
    • Develop team’s technical and sales skills via account referrals, answering questions and serving as a technical resource to your team
    • Ensure team members are fully trained on current guidelines, workflows, and procedures



  • Bachelors degree or equivalent 
  • Minimum 5 years of high net worth personal lines E&S or MGA underwriting management experience required
  • Must hold appropriate agent/broker licensing. Specifically, P&C and SL Broker licenses in your home state and non-resident licenses in other states in which we do business
  • Minimum three years’ experience managing employees
  • Experience building an E&S practice preferred but not required
  • Ability to travel as needed, including overnight travel
  • Strong PC skills
  • Incredible empathy and understanding of the needs of our customers, both insureds and their agents alike; you will be an excellent, pro-active advocate for Berkley One customers and are passionate about their brand experience
  • Exceptional communication skills; your communication style is flexible to the situation from communicating updates to your team, to discussing metrics with key stakeholders, or presenting to leadership; you communicate clearly and with a purpose
  • Must have a strong interest in process and optimization; you are excited about the opportunity to create and experiment with underwriting quality and support processes and are willing and able to lead others using them
  • Calm under pressure; you have excellent organizational skills, integrity, and great follow-through on tasks; you are comfortable challenging norms while working collaboratively with colleagues at all levels of the organization
  • You have a strong sense of accountability, fun and adventure
  • You love learning how things work and you are always looking for innovative improvements 

Additional Company Details

We do not accept any unsolicited resumes from external recruiting firms

The company offers a competitive compensation plan and robust benefits package for full time regular employees

The actual salary for this position will be determined by a number of factors, including the scope, complexity and location of the role; the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; and other conditions of employment


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