Agriculture Underwriter_ Remote

Location: Kansas City, MO
Date Posted: 02-27-2018
Agriculture Underwriter Senior level role - Our client is a prominent insurance company who is a leader in Agriculture (Equine, Farm and Ranch) products throughout the US. They are offering a remote position where you will work from home underwriting their risks and expanding your territory's footprint and profitability. This elite specialty AG department is the company's fastest growing unit.

As a Senior Agriculture Underwriter you will review submissions for insurance from assigned Agriculture Business Agents to determine acceptability of risks solicited. Working with Retail and Managing General Agents you will establish a primary carrier position within the agency while developing a book of business populated with target risks. Managing, monitoring and maintaining strong agent relationships you will be accountable for implementing and achieving business objectives and goals. Addressing regulatory inquires, contributing to support product development in the Agriculture business sector you will be collaborating with the Company’s Product Management, Actuarial, Marketing, Reinsurance, IT, Claims, Operations and Legal Departments.

Responsibilities include:
> Examine, identify, assess and evaluate individual risks by analyzing exposures from various sources (e.g. application, diagrams, inspection reports, riskmeter, google earth, risk websites, etc.) to make appropriate underwriting decisions to accept, decline, or modify risks within assigned territory. Implements underwriting decisions in compliance with state laws.
> Manage profitable agency relationships by evaluating results and conducting portfolio reviews for assigned territory and individual agencies, developing integrated pictures of factors that affect profitability and growth and recommending, implementing, and monitoring necessary action plans. Participates in producer reviews and implements resulting action or development plans.
> Provide timely, articulate, and consistent responses for quoting, writing and renewing business within prescribed Underwriting Authority granted by the Company.
> Build relationships with agents and other individuals and entities within the agriculture and equestrian marketplace to assure a steady stream of valuable and actionable competitive intelligence.
> Train agents on proper procedures, product knowledge and underwriting guidelines.
> Regularly monitor results (including conducting audits) at a variety of levels and recommend the appropriate business development or rehabilitation/correction strategy.
> Analyze claim reports and pre-underwriting reviews to determine action to be taken on renewal business.
> Analyze assigned agent’s portfolios for premium production and loss experience and recommend ways to improve their results.
> Work in an electronic workflow environment such as ImageRight or similar software) to process underwriting decisions, store underwriting documents and document the underwriting thought process.

Job Requirements Required skills/experience:
> 8+ years of experience with progressive advancement in a retail, MGA, or company setting, underwriting equine package accounts, farm, mortality, and related coverages.
>Bachelors’ degree or equivalent experience required.
> In-depth knowledge of the Equine/Equestrian property, inland marine, care custody or control, liability, commercial auto and excess liability lines of business.
> Professional insurance designation is preferred. (i.e. CPCU, ARM, AU, etc.)
> Familiar with basic compliance and regulatory requirements with respect to admitted filings, cancellation and non-renewal of policies, deletion of coverages, risk specific rate changes, manuscript endorsements, or non-disclosure or misrepresentation.
> Working knowledge of competitors in the Agriculture insurance product marketplace.
> Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem solving and decision making skills.
> Excellent organizational and time management abilities.
>Demonstrates strong presentation and negotiation skills.
> Strong research and analytical skills. > Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
> Work remotely from home to manage assigned territory with 20% travel. Must have access to a high speed internet connection, communication equipment
> Regular travel 20% to meet with agents to develop agency relationships into partnerships, business development, training, business development plans and attend relevant industry events.
Dayne Hayes
Western International Staff, Inc.
Please contact me with any questions:
Phone:  (w) 480-777-0008

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