AVP Underwriting, Construction Segment Industry Leader

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POST DATE 9/16/2016
END DATE 10/28/2016

CNA Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


From its humble beginnings over 100 years ago to its position of leadership in the insurance industry today, CNA continues to build on a long, proud tradition. Our history is a rich story of service, growth, financial strength and stability. For more than a century we have built strong relationships with business partners and customers creating a legacy of innovation and service. Today CNA is well positioned to compete and win in the commercial insurance marketplace.

The Assistant Vice President, Construction Industry Leader is an Officer position responsible for providing overall underwriting excellence through management of Construction industry business in the Northern Zone. The Industry Leader ensures effective management and implementation of strategic objectives and policies for the Construction industry segment, in accordance with the company's strategic plans.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

* Implements strategic objectives, underwriting strategies and best practices with substantial impact on the short-term success of an industry segment.

* Ensures the achievement of continued profitability, growth and/or operational efficiencies for an industry segment through assessment of risk tolerance, market appetite and emerging risk issues.

* Evaluates underwriting performance based on financial analysis. Includes rate, reserve adequacy, operational, planning and product reviews. Provides results to members of the underwriting management team and develops plans to resolve issues.

* Monitors the usage and profitability of alternative pricing programs.

* Drives adherence to underwriting authority delegation, audit criteria and catastrophe management for an industry segment.

* Collaborates with business partners in Risk Control, Actuarial, Claim, Worldwide Operations and Compliance to address governance and compliance issues related to underwriting practices.

* Provides guidance and direction in the development of underwriting and training tools.

* May lead, direct and have full management accountability for staff in area of responsibility with an emphasis on talent management and succession planning in accordance with strategic direction.

* May take lead responsibility for the development of underwriting strategies and position papers for emerging issues when assigned.

* May maintain relationships with branches, brokers, agents and customers to assess risk tolerance, market appetite and emerging issues.

May perform additional duties as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

* In-depth technical knowledge of underwriting theories and practices within the insurance field.

* Ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels of external and/or internal business partners within scope of responsibility, team and/or matrix environment.

* Leadership and management skills, demonstrating integrity and professionalism.

* Ability to drive results by identifying, and resolving problems within scope of responsibility.

* Knowledge of the insurance industry, its products and services.

* Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other business-related software.

Education & Experience

* Bachelors degree with Masters preferred in a related discipline, or equivalent.

* Typically a minimum of 10 years of related work experience, with five years management experience.

* Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) roles.

Job: Underwriting
Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Chicago
Other Locations: United States-Illinois-Chicago
Organization: Field Ops North Zone
Job Posting: Sep 15, 2016
Unposting Date: Ongoing.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.