Manage and provide underwriting direction and leadership to determine risk acceptability on complex and technically involved work. Assist personnel, at all levels, to analyze and evaluate risks, recognizing exposures to make sound underwriting decisions on risk acceptability, coverage, and pricing. Supervisor responsibilities to include staffing, training and development, performance management, and workforce planning. Build a strong working relationship with all sales staff, direct agents, and others within and outside the company to attain corporate goals. Make recommendations for underwriting guidelines, direction, and effectiveness of the underwriting function. Analyze books of business to identify opportunities for growth and profitability improvement. Coach assigned personnel in setting and attaining professional development goals. Assist in the development of underwriting goals and objectives and the supporting budget. Keep corporate management informed on relevant operational, territory, and personnel issues.
- Within established binding authority and in compliance with filings, provide leadership to effectively write and retain profitable business aligned with division and company objectives.
- Assist underwriting personnel at all levels to analyze and evaluate risk, recognizing exposures to make sound underwriting decisions on risk acceptability, coverage alternatives, risk management recommendations, and pricing.
- Manage binding authorities for all roles with delegated binding authority of CM Group.
- Collaborate with internal and external partners to attain department and corporate goals. Be the underwriting knowledge driver and expert of underwriting guidelines, philosophies, and general directives for all within the assigned team.
- Oversee the appropriate reinsurance placement on individual accounts. Negotiate with reinsurers on unique placement and special acceptance situations.
- Make product recommendations and identify and assist in resolving underwriting issues. Provide input into company underwriting guidelines, philosophies, and directives.
- Recognize and be receptive to change opportunities that will enhance the effectiveness of Underwriting.
- Recruit, hire, train, appraise, and conduct salary administration for direct reporting staff members. Coach assigned personnel in setting professional development goals and attaining these goals.
- Conduct underwriting audits for quality and development of underwriting skills. Be a resource/expert to assist in training of recognized underwriting needs.
- Be a resource to the Underwriting Department through enhancing the knowledge of others, acting as a subject matter expert for the department and others in CM Group, assisting underwriting personnel with accounts above their binding authority or beyond their knowledge level, and assisting the department in special projects.
- Be a leader within the Underwriting Department through acting as a role model, being engaged in change, being energetic in recognizing and resolving issues, assisting others to work in a team environment, assuming responsibility for decisions and actions, and developing trust within the department.
- Participate/lead assigned projects. Develop and make presentations as necessary.
- Maintain and continue to develop technical knowledge and expertise on Church Mutual and industry coverage forms. Stay apprised of evolving exposures and other developments in the markets served by the company. Continue to develop leadership skills through internal and external publications, seminars, and conferences. Share knowledge gained with peers.
- Provide operational input to the Actuarial Department in support of the rate‑making process.
- Assist in developing underwriting goals and objectives and the supporting budget for the Underwriting Department.
- Travel, as necessary, to visit agents, sales representatives, and insureds to assist in new or renewal presentations or foster business relationships.
- Bachelor's degree is required. Successful completion of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting (CPCU) designation may be considered in lieu of a degree.
- 7+ years of experience with a property and casualty insurance company is required. A bachelor's degree may waive a portion of the experience requirement.
- Ability and initiative to be self-directed.
- Recognize and be receptive to change opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
- Expertise of the underwriting function and insurance coverages and principles to handle complex insurance transactions, including reinsurance application and administration.
- Operate as a subject matter expert and leader for Commercial Underwriting.
- Demonstrated success in the ability to effectively identify and analyze exposures, recognize areas of concern, and develop appropriate solutions.
- Superior ability to make decisions outside parameter‑based situations but within binding authority.
- Superior ability to explain decisions to others and negotiate appropriate solutions.
- Solid organizational skills.
- Work closely with management to provide leadership through knowledge, confidence, and integrity.
- Demonstrated desire and commitment to learn, accept new challenges, and strive for personal improvement/growth.
- Support others by sharing knowledge.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships throughout the company, working closely with management to achieve corporate objectives.
- Advanced ability to effectively communicate with others.
- Effectively use CM Group computer systems and stay current with changes.
- Ability to provide leadership through knowledge, confidence, and integrity.
- Ability to formally and informally train and coach others in the underwriting function.
- Ability to deal with confrontation and work to a solid resolution.
Church Mutual is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.