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Zurich NA Head of Excess Casualty in Juneau, Alaska

Head of Excess Casualty


Zurich North America is currently looking for a Head of Excess Casualty for our National Accounts Division. This position reports to the Head of Casualty and can be based in one of our Zurich offices with business travel expected.

This is a National Role and will be responsible for Large Casualty Retail and Wholesale including Middle Market, Energy and Integrated Solutions. This leader will utilize their knowledge base to manage and drive overall success within our Excess Casualty portfolio, develop our strategy and deliver a collaborative value chain with our Brokers and Customers. This is a critical role and requires advanced knowledge of highly complex Excess Casualty business and an influential oversight of strategic underwriting practices.

Success in this role requires a strong commitment to teamwork, communication, vision, and results-oriented execution. S/he must be a collaborative individual with a passion and capability for creating world-class teams and the ability to communicate to brokers, clients and drive and cultivate relationships.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Establishing key performance targets and financial budgets for the Excess Casualty underwriting unit in order to optimize business performance in line with set objectives.

  • Developing a team of Underwriters and Underwriting Managers.

  • Regularly collaborate with Technical Underwriting, Finance, Predictive Modeling, Strategy, Recruiting, Operations, Compliance, Claims and Actuarial to improve profitability and propose solutions.

  • Build a creative and collaborative atmosphere that involves problem-solving to overcome obstacles and challenges.

  • Develop processes and review policies relevant to underwriting to ensure they are in line with strategic business objectives.

  • Manage relationships with key internal stakeholders in order to identify opportunities for service improvement to ensure commercial viability and customer satisfaction.

  • Participate in leadership team meetings to provide specialist guidance and enable the implementation of policies, projects and change initiatives to produce profitable results.

  • Contribute to the business strategy to align underwriting strategy with wider business goals.

  • Participate in the community of global/regional proposition development practitioners in underwriting to share best practice and continue to meet customer´s needs.

  • Oversee development plans for underwriters to ensure the capability exists to drive business results.

  • Underwrite and analyze new and renewal business within delegated authority levels.

  • Recommend and implement action plans after reviewing agency books of business and profit/growth results and trends.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with distributors (agents and brokers) in support of business retention and new business and work with customers and distributors (agents & brokers) to determine their insurance-related needs and provide solutions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 12 or more years of experience in the in the Risk Management or Underwriting or Broker or Carrier or Market Facing area within the Commercial Insurance industryAND

  • 2 or more years of management experience

  • Excess Casualty experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge and practice of Excess Casualty lines of business to include Large Casualty Retail and Wholesale including Middle Market, Energy and Integrated Solutions

  • Strong managerial, team building, and organizational skills

  • Established Broker relationships nationally

  • Strong relationship, presentation skills, negotiation and leadership skills

  • Ability to interact with the C-Suite

  • Knowledge in risk selection and assessment

  • Ability to manage complex portfolios

  • Technical knowledge of insurance industry operations and processes

  • Knowledge of loss trends, triangles and ratemaking

  • Strong knowledge of underwriting philosophy, techniques, national/local filing regulations and guidelines

  • CPCU

A future with Zurich

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here (https://www.zurichna.com/careers) to learn more.

As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet

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Location(s): AM - New York, AM - Addison, AM - Atlanta, AM - Chicago, AM - Dallas, AM - Houston, AM - Remote Work (US), AM - Schaumburg

Remote Working: No

Schedule: Full Time