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Berkley Staff Underwriting Consultant in Urbandale, Iowa

A trusted insurance carrier since 1886, Continental Western Group (CWG) offers a broad array of commercial insurance products for businesses in 13 states from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Lakes. Our goal is to be the strong, local and trusted choice for independent insurance agents and customers.

About W. R. Berkley Corporation

W. R. Berkley Corporation, founded in 1967, is one of the nation’s premier commercial lines property casualty insurance providers. Each of the operating units in the Berkley group participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about a territory or product. Our competitive advantage lies in our long-term strategy of decentralized operations, allowing each of our units to identify and respond quickly and effectively.

The Staff Underwriting Consultant will be responsible for providing technical underwriting leadership and assisting an assigned business unit in achieving the company’s strategy, growth and profitability objectives.

  • Provides technical underwriting leadership and support to assigned business unit to assist unit in achieving the company’s strategy, growth and profitability objectives. Provides guidance on technically complex referrals from field underwriting operations including coverage design and reinsurance. Monitors facultative reinsurance placements.

  • Analyzes competitive market intelligence to identify trends. Provides guidance regarding the unit’s performance, financial results, profitability, business mix, competition and market trends. Recommends adjustments as they relate to financial targets.

  • Serves as a technical underwriting resource for Business Development, Risk Services, Claims and Premium Audit staffs. Includes specific subject-matter-expertise for industry fields or lines of business, where appropriate. May include attendance of industry events or trade conferences to further develop expertise and enhance company presence in the industry.

  • Participates in Business Development activities, including consultation with underwriters on individual renewals and new business opportunities. Includes direct interaction with agencies and review of opportunities with Business Development and Marketing teams. May include direct interaction with key customers or prospects to manage services and to demonstrate expertise and credibility on behalf of the company.

  • Performs underwriting audits of individual risks for compliance with company guidelines, state regulations and reinsurance. Develops and amends company underwriting rules and guidelines. Includes portfolio-level review of accounts and trends within defined subject-matter-expertise, or other areas as needed.

  • Participates in development and/or delivery of training material for the regional or business unit staff. Includes customized training, provided to groups or individuals, specific to areas of defined subject-matter-expertise, or other areas as needed. May include review of candidates and participation in the hiring process for individual underwriters, including onboarding based on subject-matter-expertise.

Education & Experience

Bachelor's degree and/or 10+ years related experience in relevant insurance disciplines; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Well-rounded experience and an in-depth knowledge of Commercial Lines insurance programs. Knowledge of and experience in Special Market programs, reinsurance placements, and procedures and retention strategies.

Job ID: 2020-3997

Street: 11201 Douglas Avenue



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DirectorMid-Senior Level

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