Assistant Underwriting Manager

Company Name:
James River Insurance Company
The Assistant Underwriting
will successfully lead and direct assigned underwriting team members to accomplish individual and team objectives within the frame work of the division goals, initiatives and objectives for profitability, production, service, quality and compliance.
In coordination with management, provide input and execute annual business plans for the team and individual underwriters to produce profitable business and provide brokers with optimal service.
Responsible for the management of assigned underwriting staff to include: monitoring progress to performance goals to include performance deficiencies, training and mentoring, completing annual performance evaluations, approving PTO requests, and other staff issues as they arise.
Assist in the hiring process of new staff and assist in the establishment of Underwriting Authority for team underwriters.
Coordinate with Underwriting Manager the marketing travel schedules for team in order to ensure adequate in-office resources.
Keep abreast of pertinent changes at underwriting team level (legal climate, market conditions, new business opportunities etc) and make suggestions to management on appropriate course(s) of action.
Maintain equitable and productive brokerage assignments within team in conjunction with the Underwriting Manager
Identify issues and obstacles that impact ability to attain team/division goals and work in conjunction with Underwriting Manager to rectify.
Monitor rate level to ensure team and individual compliance with division pricing objectives.
Provide input to management on Underwriting and Pricing Guides where appropriate.
Act as first point of referral on all accounts that fall outside of individual underwriter authority.
Experience - 6+ years of industry experience, preferably in Excess and Surplus Lines
Experience - Specific experience in marketing and underwriting of the division related products
Education - Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience
Education - Professional designation is preferred
Relationship Skills - Excellent verbal and written communication skills & strong interpersonal skills
Relationship Skills - Ability to collaborate with Actuarial, Claims, IT, Compliance and other divisions as needed.
Relationship Skills - Ability to mentor, guide, and develop others
Experience - Demonstrated ability to effectively assess risk, price, and negotiate business in accordance with division guidelines
Management Skills - Ability lead, motivate and influence others
Relationship Skills - Proven problem solving and decision making skills
Management Skills - High degree of personal initiative and self motivation

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