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Senior Underwriter - Property & Casualty (Full-time, Part-time, or Job-share)


Location: Ideally within a commutable distance to Birmingham, Farnborough or Fareham

Closing Date: 1st March 2024



The opportunity:


Are you looking to build on your Underwriting career? Are you looking for a new challenge? If so, we would love to hear from you. This is a unique opportunity to build your knowledge and experience for the future as all our Underwriters in Zurich Municipal underwrite all lines of business, offering a truly bespoke and personalised service to a range of customers in the Public Sector.


This role will be challenging and there will be a lot to learn but you will be joining an experienced team where development is key, and support will be given all the way.


Many of our employees work flexibly in a variety of different ways, including part-time, flexible hours, job share, an element of working from home or compressed hours. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren’t available full-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you may need.



What will you be doing?

As a Senior Market Underwriter, some of your key activities include:


  • Qualify customer accounts to meet with the organisation's appetite whilst striving to create customer focused solutions
  • Accurately select, assess and price risk in line with underwriting mentorship
  • Make clear recommendations for market pricing, backed up by strong rationale and confident decision-making
  • Deliver against key underwriting metrics & financial measures as outlined in the financial plan
  • Supporting the team manager in driving performance and improving service deliver
  • Develop, maintain & collaborate with Line of Business representatives on referrals and other business-related needs, as appropriate
  • Provide mentorship and coaching to the wider team in order to help with colleagues’ development.
  • Demonstrate market visibility & underwriting expertise
  • Take the lead on broker negotiations as required
  • Have an external presence within the Housing Sector, visiting our customers regularly ensuring you fully understand their risk & insurance requirements
  • Serve as a key Zurich contact for our customers



Who are we looking for?

Ideally, you will have the following skills and experience but don’t worry if you don’t tick these boxes.


  • Underwriting experience within a General Insurance product, preferably Property and Casualty lines of business with some knowledge of Motor
  • Ability to confidently and effectively assess risk
  • Excellent communication and coaching skills
  • Commerciality and strong negotiation skills
  • Superior skills in relationship building, active listening, and needs analysis
  • ACII CII Qualified or actively working towards accreditation
  • Strong knowledge of underwriting philosophy, techniques, national regulations and guidelines would be beneficial but not essential



Who we are:


At Zurich we aspire to be one of the most responsible and impactful businesses in the world and the best global insurer. Together we’re creating a brighter future for our customers, our people, and our planet. With over 55,000 employees in more than 170 countries, you’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company who are a long-standing player in the insurance industry.


We’ve made a promise to each other and every employee; to focus on sustainable impact, to care about each other’s wellbeing, to use our diverse expertise to be curious and optimistic and to develop the skills needed for our future.


If you're interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognises and rewards your creativity, initiatives, and contributions - then Zurich could be just the place for you. Be part of something great.



Our Culture:


At Zurich, our sense of community is strong and we’re particularly passionate about diversity and inclusion, which we’ve won numerous awards for. We want our people to bring the whole of themselves to work and ensure everybody is made to feel welcome, regardless of their background, beliefs, or culture. We want our employees to reflect the diversity of our customers, and so are committed to treating all of our applicants fairly and with respect, irrespective of their actual or assumed background, disability, or any other protected characteristic.


We’ve an environment that places a real importance on our people’s wellbeing from a physical, mental, social, and financial perspective. We work with our wellbeing partners and industry experts to provide the best advice and access to a wealth of lifestyle support. We’re also committed to continuous improvement, and we offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities.


We’re passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity. Our charitable arm, Zurich Community Trust, is one of the longest-established corporate trusts in the UK. In that time, we’ve awarded grants and volunteered time to deserving causes in the UK valued at over £90 million.



So make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported, Love what you do. Work for us. #LI-Hybrid 

The financials
  • 12% defined non-contributory pension scheme.
  • Annual company bonus.
  • Income Protection.
  • Life cover - four times your salary.
Time away
  • 25 days holiday a year plus bank holidays.
  • You can also request to swap UK bank holidays for days off that have cultural or religious significance to you.
  • The option to buy up to an additional 20 days or sell some of your holiday.
  • Three days paid volunteering.
  • Up to 16 weeks' full pay for maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
Your health is important to us
  • Access to Private medical insurance.
  • Virtual GP appointments.
  • Discounted gym membership.
  • Free flu jab.
  • Access to a wealth of support from our wellbeing partners.
We're making a difference
  • Creating a brighter, more sustainable future underpins all that we do here in Zurich. We were the first insurer to sign the ‘UN Business Ambition for 1.5˚C’ pledge.
  • Our charitable arm, Zurich Community Trust, has awarded grants and volunteered time to deserving causes in the UK valued at over £90 million.

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