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Argo Incorporated
in Chicago, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
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Argo Incorporated
in Chicago, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
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Avp Underwriting
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Build the Business.

At Argo Pro, that is what our Underwriting team does each and every day. We offer a broad portfolio of errors and omissions and management liability products to various size risks, targeting middle to larger market risks. Our experienced underwriting team is dedicated to providing effective solutions for all types of companies. We hire the best people, so we can deliver the best solutions.

Our book is growing and to meet the demand we are looking for an exceptional Assistant Vice President of Underwriting to join our team. The AVP of Underwriting will play a key role working with the SVP of Underwriting for a specific line of business helping coordinate the departments corporate activities associated with growing a profitable book of business. The AVP Underwriting is responsible for assisting the SVP Underwriting in the effective management of staff, processes, agent relationships and underwriting results.

The AVP Underwriting takes an active role in partnering with the SVP of Underwriting to develop and implement underwriting strategy that identifies profitable market opportunities, new product development, positive agent relationships, operational requirements and financial assessments. This position is responsible for hiring and directing the day-to-day activities of the underwriting staff.

So whats it like to work on the Argo Pro Underwriting team? The work we offer is challenging and diversified. Bored with doing the same task all the time? No worries! Here you will need to think quickly to resolve a range of problems and projects that will always keep you busy. We are a flat organizational structure and staff regularly interacts with our senior management team, including the President of Argo Pro. We offer a work environment that inspires innovation and is open to employee suggestions. While we work hard, a work/life balance is just as important so that our employees are fully focused while working. We believe in building an inclusive and diverse team and we strive to make our office a welcoming space for everyone. We encourage talented people from all backgrounds to apply.

Sound like a team you would like to join?

First youll want to make sure you embody our core values as they are the key to our success:

  • We desire to excel
  • We are committed to our clients and to each other
  • We have the courage to do the right thing
  • We apply original thinking

Second, youll want to make sure the challenge sounds interesting to you. In this role you will:

  • Establish and communicate underwriting profit goals and other measurements including loss ratio, new business development, policy count, account retention, etc.
  • Underwrite an individual portfolio of accountants professional liability business, including primary, excess and surplus lines products.
  • Manage agent and broker relationships.
  • Analyze individual risks and book of business results to manage and control underwriting exposure and pricing strategy consistent with company objectives.
  • Provide leadership and advice to division staff in regard to underwriting risks.
  • Partner with the SVP of Underwriting to develop strategies and actions to resolve adverse trends or deviations from established underwriting standards identified through producer and account review audits.
  • Conduct Development Reviews and engage direct reports in developmental and skill building opportunities.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection process to ensure the organization has the necessary talent to accomplish business goals.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships within and outside Argo Group to develop and drive new business opportunities. Work with internal and external business units to develop joint business plans, value propositions and cross-marketing programs.
  • Represent the company at networking functions and other industry-related events that present and promote departmental initiatives to other external constituencies as appropriate.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships within and outside Argo Group to develop and drive new business opportunities.
  • Collaborate with internal and external business units to develop joint business plans, value propositions and cross-marketing programs.
  • Act as a role model demonstrating belief in, and commitment to, the aspiration values of Argo Group, continuing to build and lead a value-based organization committed to long-term success.
  • Responsible for hiring and directing the day-to-day activities of the underwriting staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What will you need to be successful here?

This position requires a high-energy, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image. Additional qualifications and knowledge with include but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor's degree and 10 years industry experience.
  • RPLU, CPCU, or similar designation strongly preferred
  • Proven leadership capabilities with a sound influence in dealing with challenging situations.
  • Demonstrates strong ability to partner with finance, actuarial, IT and marketing resources.
  • Demonstrates significant contribution to underwriting profit.
  • Independent decision maker takes full responsibility for making decisions and consequences associated with decisions.
  • Recognized as a leader within the organization that provides advice and guidance to others.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the accountants professional liability external market and contributes to the development of business strategy.
  • Have established relationships within the accountants professional liability community with external clients and professional network.
  • Continually seeks opportunities for portfolio growth and potential agent opportunities.
  • Effective oral and written communication, including influence and negotiation skills.
  • Experience in delivering presentations to all internal and external audiences.
  • Proven employee development, mentoring, coaching and performance management skills.
  • Proficient in the use of computer programs, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

What will we provide to you?

  • An opportunity to be your best and work with talented and innovative professionals at a Company Forbes magazine named to its list of Americas 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies for the last two years and that A.M. Best has rated an A (Excellent) for thirteen consecutive years.
  • An attractive Total Rewards package that includes:
    • Base pay and profit sharing.
    • Comprehensive benefits designed to protect and enhance your life and your dependents lives by way of health and wellness plans, life insurance, a matching 401(k) Plan, generous PTO and an opportunity to become a shareholder at a 15% discount.
  • Argo Academy, a digital and instructor-led platform that helps us focus on continuous learning and which got us named in Training magazine as one of the Training Top 125 Companies!
  • Opportunities to support your local community though various outreach programs or by matching your gift to charitable causes by 150%.
  • An Employee Referral program that resulted in 30% of all new hires last year.

Who are we?

Argo Pro is part of Argo Group. Argo Group, through its operating subsidiaries, offers high-quality Commercial Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance products and services tailored to the needs of businesses and public entities. At Argo Group, we leverage the success, discipline and expertise of our people and an understanding of our customers needs to provide a diverse portfolio of products and services. This approach helps those we insure drive down their ultimate cost through prevention and aggressive claims handling. Simply stated, our products and services help keep businesses in business.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, Argo Group will not sponsor an applicant for employment authorization for this position.

To all recruitment agencies: Unless you have been requested to work on this position, or other positions with Argo Group, please do not forward any resumes to Argo Group employees. Argo Group is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin or citizenship (including language use restrictions), denial of family and medical care leave, disability (mental and physical) , including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), race, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex (including pregnancy, child birth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, child birth or breastfeeding), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or other status protected by federal, state and/or local laws.

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Posted 2 Days AgoFull timeR0002450

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: ARGO) is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in areas of the property and casualty market. Through its operating subsidiaries, Argo Group offers a comprehensive line of high-quality products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims-handling needs of its clients in four business segments.

  • Excess & Surplus focuses on risks that the standard (admitted) market is unwilling or unable to underwrite because of the nature of their businesses, their particular risk exposures or their loss histories.
  • Commercial Specialty provides standard-market property and casualty insurance and surety coverage to highly specialized commercial and public entities.
  • International Specialty writes both insurance and reinsurance business worldwide through the broker market, with offerings including specialty property catastrophe reinsurance along with excess casualty and professional insurance.
  • Syndicate 1200 operates through a Lloyds of London syndicate offering property and liability coverage.

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. is headquartered in Bermuda.