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E&S Property Technical Underwriting Director, AVP


Zurich North America (ZNA) is seeking an E&S Property Technical Underwriting Director for Zurich E&S, ZNA’s independent business division servicing the excess and surplus lines industry. The E&S Property Technical Underwriting Director is a new position that will be responsible for the development and implementation of underwriting rules, guidelines and products to support the full limit and shared and layered property offerings for Zurich E&S. This role will monitor market trends for profitability indicators and emerging issues and ensuring the property offerings remain current and appropriate to the customer segments served by the E&S unit.


The role will be responsible for recommending and developing underwriting rules and guidelines including identifying opportunities to leverage objective data points as drivers of risk selection, coverage and terms. Products supported will include primary and full limit property utilizing ZNA admitted and surplus lines products as well and shared and layered participations using ZNA products or manuscript policy forms. The role will work with the Head of Underwriting, Head of E&S Property and Property Portfolio Managers in identifying opportunities to expand appetite supported by market sizing and profitability assessments, and to identify opportunities for corrective actions to enhance profitability. The position will also work with the Product Development team as an SME in the development of new standard or bespoke coverages and will assist the Property Portfolio Managers in optimizing the manuscript review and approval processes for manuscript coverage forms. As part of the product development process, the role will collaborate with actuaries to ensure product changes are appropriately reflected in rating plans. The role will also assist in the identification and development of reporting capabilities to support monitoring of portfolio KPI’s and insights and report regularly to the line of business management team. Lastly, the role may provide training to underwriting teams on new products or processes and well as participate in ongoing Quality Assurance reviews. We are looking for a leader with strong influencing and leadership skills and the ability to cultivate portfolio insights and actionable underwriting plans.


The new position reports to the Head of Underwriting E&S. The role can be a located in Atlanta, GA, Schaumburg, IL or New York, NY. Flexible work arrangements may be available. Some travel may be required. 


This role will be filled at either the AVP or VP level.  The hiring manager will determine the appropriate level based upon the selected applicant’s experience and skill set relative to the qualifications listed for this position.


Candidate requirements include:


AVP Level:


  • Bachelors Degree and 8 or more years of experience in the Underwriting area
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in the Underwriting area
  • Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills




VP Level:


  • Bachelors Degree and 10 or more years of experience in the Underwriting area


Preferred Requirements:


  • 10 or more years of property underwriting, product or portfolio management experience
  • Extensive knowledge of surplus lines property markets and products
  • Experience across an array of risk segments including large and mid-sized risks, as well as underwriting knowledge of both primary property underwriting and shared and layered property accounts.
  • Demonstrated experience in drafting underwriting guidelines for complex and diverse schedules that align with business unit strategy objectives as well as business unit and corporate risk tolerances
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage data and technology to drive underwriting outcomes
  • Expertise in product forms, coverage and manuscripting
  • Experience in capacity deployment including for catastrophe risk
  • Excellent communications skills and a demonstrated ability to translate complex underwriting concepts into actionable protocols and processes
  • Ability to conduct market research including knowledge of reliable tools and resources
  • Strong portfolio management skills and a demonstrated track record of strong underwriting performance in property


Compensation for roles at Zurich varies depending on a wide array of factors including but not limited to the specific office location, role, skill set, and level of experience. As required by local law, Zurich provides in good faith a reasonable range of compensation for roles. For additional information about our Total Rewards, click here. Other rewards may include short term incentive bonuses and merit increases. Candidates with salary expectations outside of the range are encouraged to apply, and will be considered based on experience, skill, and education. The salary provided is a nationwide market range and has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location where the position may be filled. The combined salary range for this position is $110,700.00 - $275,800.00. The starting salary range for the AVP Level is $110,700.00-$181,400.00 and for the VP Level is $168,400.00-$275,800.00.


As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to any COVID-related health and safety protocols in place at that time (


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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 150 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 to learn more.


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Location(s): AM - New York, AM - Atlanta, AM - Schaumburg
Remote Working: Hybrid
Schedule: Full Time
Employment Sponsorship Offered: No
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Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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