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Serve as the strategic, operational, and motivational leader of the assigned Underwriting unit in support of delivering profitable growth and excellent community, employee and customer relations.
- Responsible for leading a production underwriting team to write Human Service business in accordance with underwriting guidelines, policies and procedures.
- Responsible for retention, profit & loss for the company’s renewal book of business.
- Hire, train and direct underwriting staff.
- Manage and monitor overall pricing practices and targets for assigned underwriting team.
- Work professionally, effectively and strategically with the whole of the underwriting staff to achieve corporate and individual goals.
- Work with Operations staff to coordinate and create workflow efficiencies and standards.
- Work with CUO and other underwriting staff on creating, enhancing and implementing underwriting guidelines, policies and procedures.
- Lead, provide strategic input and implement underwriting initiatives.
- Develop and review management reports such as loss ratio, quality control, production and workload management.
- Referral underwriter for risks outside underwriter’s authority, guidelines, large risks, etc.
- Establish development plans for individual team members; monitor and provide feedback as warranted.
- Ensure special acceptances are obtained from reinsurers for risks and exposures outside reinsurance guidelines and agreements.
- Coordinate facultative reinsurance placements, standards, etc. for assigned underwriting team.
- Perform underwriting audits for new and renewal business.
- Identify and conduct training for underwriting team/staff as warranted.
- Work professionally, effectively and strategically with Operations, Risk Control, Finance, Actuary, Claims and IT staff.
May perform other functions as assigned.
The Vice President, Claims is responsible for the overall management and direction of the claims department. Equally as important, participation on the Executive Team, that establishes the strategic direction for the company and ensures the overall profitability and success of the company in the human services market.
Member of Executive Team
- Proactive participation on Executive Team which establishes and executes the strategic direction of the company
- Work closely with the CEO to discuss, evaluate, and implement strategic directions for the claims operation that supports the overall direction of the company
- Establish solid relationships with other members of the Executive Team in order to improve team performance
- Be able to clearly communicate strategic direction to both internal resources and outside partners and insureds
Overall Management of Claims Operation
- Manage a team of claims professionals by establishing clear performance metrics
- Implement strong policies and procedures designed to produce the desired results
- Ensure the continual professional development of claims professionals on the team by coordinating both internal and external training and development opportunities
- Develop and implement claim best practices for proper and consistent claim performance, compliance and achievement of business goals
- Establish clear reserving standards and ensure that those standards are continually met
- Identify issues and trends in the portfolio; take appropriate and/or corrective action where necessary; communicate trends to underwriters, insureds and brokers
- Identify claims with significant exposure and take a more active role coordinating a strategy for an appropriate resolution
- Coordinate with underwriting on current and proposed policy language and new markets to enter
- Cultivate a departmental culture that excels in communication and collaboration
- Drives the development, implementation and continuous planning, organizing and leading of all claim programs, metrics, processes, results and initiatives
Develop Berkley Human Services into a “Thought Leader” within the human services marketplace
- Proactively establish relationships with brokers and insureds in order to maximize the competitive advantage derived from the claims operation.
- Develop and manage the reputation of BHS’s claims handling in the market
- Attend industry conventions and events and become a sought out thought leader on developing issues
- Attend marketing, account renewal, and reinsurance meetings as appropriate in order to communicate our claims handling philosophy and leading position in this area
- Instill the above philosophies into all claims professionals at the company
- Work closely with company’s loss control function to provide value-added services to our insureds that reduce our exposure to loss
Liaison to both internal and external partners of the company
- Liaison with parent company, WR Berkley, on significant individual claims and trends identified in the overall portfolio
- Communicate portfolio trends and potential solutions to underwriting and actuarial areas
- Participate on quarterly performance calls with parent company in anticipation of earnings releases
To produce profitable growth of the Berkley Human Services book of business and represent Company in all sales and service activities for assigned accounts or regions.
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Agency visitation (travel in-state and out-of-state required) for marketing purposes.
- Solicit/develop new business opportunities.
- Agency management responsibilities.
- Provide guidance/coaching to underwriting staff in the area of agency management and marketing in general.
- Assist in the development of promotional materials.
- Analyze new business/market trends and communicate the results to underwriting and management staff.
- Represent company at various association and trade shows as requested.