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Workers Compensation Underwriting Specialist

Company: GuideOne Insurance
Location: West Des Moines
Posted on: July 10, 2019

Job Description:

For more than 60 years, we have protected organizations that strive to make the world a better place. We support this cause by safeguarding our members' property and assets. Through diligent research and analysis, our Commercial Lines department develops products and services that truly benefit our members. Consistent with our core value of being nimble, the department produces insurance coverage plans that meet the ever-changing needs of churches, educational institutions, senior living communities and nonprofit organizations. We make positive change possible for these organizations by protecting them while they pursue their mission to do good.

The Workers Compensation Underwriting Specialist is responsible for managing a specialized book of business for profitability and growth, including responsibility for advising other underwriters and support staff on technical systems, processes and procedures and consulting at the highest level of technical underwriting authority. The Underwriting Specialist fully reviews both new and renewal business, assesses risk, underwriting fit and pricing, prepares quotes and builds proposals that articulate the GuideOne value proposition. In this vital role, you will review and approve underwriting decisions for lower authority level underwriters. Our Workers Compensation Underwriting Specialist will also prepare recommendations for review with a Commercial Lines Manager if policy is outside prescribed authority limits, builds successful relationships with agents to drive increased, positive business flow and is responsible for defined new business production and renewal retention goals. Our ideal Underwriting Specialist is a creative thinker, able to drive Workers Compensation business, and able to independently direct work flow.

This role is the highest individual contributor level within the Underwriter job family and is typically not open to all individuals as part of the normal career path. This position has the opportunity to be located out of our main office in West Des Moines, IA, or remotely from a home office anywhere within the United States.

As a Workers Compensation Underwriting Specialist, you will:

  • Analyze exposures and determines acceptable risks for complex niche business to determine coverage and premium that is both adequate and competitive in the marketplace.

  • Often handle a higher complexity state with a higher complexity of exposure to include a higher regulatory environment and larger CAT exposure.

  • Take a tactical approach to underwriting in order to achieve desired profitability and growth of book of business within established goals and business metrics.

  • Exercise judgment and latitude based on industry experience in order to evaluate risk and make or recommend decisions as part of the overall department strategy.

  • Analyze inspection reports, location, risk, and financial reports to accept or reject new and renewal business.

  • Manage risk portfolio to ensure the assigned book of business is tracking with established goals and key business metrics.

  • Serve as the highest level of technical underwriting authority. Review and approve underwriting decisions for lower authority level.

  • Work collaboratively with Underwriting Assistants on accounts and agency relationships within assigned underwriting territory.

  • May provide work direction to junior Underwriters.

  • Provide backup WC technical support to the other commercial lines teams.

  • Build successful relationships with agents to drive increased, positive business flow. Have a hunter mentality in taking initiative for new business growth with the agent relationship. Some travel will be required to visit key agency partners.

  • Communicate with Loss Control, Risk Management and Claims.


    • Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance or related field of study preferred.

    • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Insurance Institute of America (IIA) or other related industry designation desired.

      Additional Skills & Abilities:

      • Broad knowledge of common terms, practices, processes and regulations in the P&C insurance industry.

      • An ability to consistently apply advanced underwriting concepts and practices within the P&C underwriting field.

      • Adept at applying negotiating skills, reasonableness and exercising sound judgment in analysis and decision making processes.

      • Ability to convey clear & concise information to others utilizing excellent verbal and written communication skills.

      • Advanced analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

      • Strong customer service orientation.

      • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft products including a strong foundation in Excel (pivot tables, vlookups, etc.) for the purpose of strategic analysis.

      • Strong attention to numeric and other details.

      • Strong customer service orientation.

      • Organizational skills and ability to manage large work volume and meet tight deadlines.

        About GuideOne:

        GuideOne Insurance was founded upon two key philosophies that endure to this day: a commitment to social responsibility, and a dedication to serving customers in select niche markets.

        At GuideOne Insurance, we believe that our people are our greatest asset. We encourage our employees to work towards common goals and succeed together. GuideOne is a recognized expert in providing Commercial Lines insurance and financial services to:

        • Churches and Houses of Worship

        • Small Businesses

        • Schools and Higher Education Institutions

        • Non-Profit Organizations

          Rich Benefits Package:

          • 401(k) includes up to a 7% match at 100%

          • Generous time off program including; personal, holiday , and volunteer paid time off

          • Flexible work schedules

          • A dress for your day environment

          • Wellness incentives

          • Free Basic Life & AD&D

          • Free short-term and long-term disability

          • Educational assistance program

          • 3 different medical plans options to meet individual needs, including dental and vision

          • Various employee events throughout the year

          • Company sponsored community volunteer opportunities

            No immigration sponsorship is offered for this position

            This Company Participates in E-Verify


            Background Check Required


Keywords: GuideOne Insurance, West Des Moines , Workers Compensation Underwriting Specialist, Other , West Des Moines, Iowa

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