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Commercial Lines Underwriter/Sr. Commercial Lines Underwriter - Syracuse, NY in Syracuse, NY at The Main Street America Group

Date Posted: 1/12/2019

Job Snapshot

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    Syracuse, NY
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    Not Specified
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Job Description

It’s an exciting time at The Main Street America Group!  We are a stable, billion-dollar, “A”-rated, super-regional property and casualty insurance company that is well-positioned for growth, and we are looking to add great talent to help us achieve our goals.   


This position is responsible for the Commercial Lines underwriting activities and selecting profitable business. This position requires the use sound underwriting judgment within company guidelines and corporate market direction for specific agents within assigned territory to achieve loss ratio and growth objectives. Administers and monitors underwriting rules and guidelines, rating manual rules and laws/regulations. Works as part of an overall team to promote achievement of objectives within the agency group. Serves as technical resource in multi-line underwriting environment and principle contact for agents; monitors agency performance, recommends and executes remedial action plans to address quality of business, flow, mix, penetration, etc. Resolves billing and other agents’ service requests; participates in the agency review process in support of territorial initiatives. Effectively manages the decision-making process and maintains MSA/agent standards through knowledge and application of corporate business process procedures, effective communication and overall agent relationship management skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Insurance, Risk management, Mathematics, Statistics, Finance, Economics or Business preferred
  • Minimum of Associate's degree or combination of secondary education (and/or other related certifications preferred, such as CPCU, CIC, etc.) and comparable, progressive experience.
  • Commercial Lines product knowledge and 2+ years relevant experience including underwriting and customer relationship experience in the Property and Casualty insurance industry; multi-lines underwriting experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; must possess ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the company with internal and external customers, agents, vendors, etc.
  • Proficiency and proven skill in use of computer programs, including strong knowledge and utilization of Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to maintain composure, exercise good judgment and act in a professional manner when challenged; ability to build and sustain positive and collaborative working relationships.
  • Strong conceptual and analytical ability; decision-making and proven negotiation skills a must.


We are seeking a Commercial Lines Underwriter, or Senior Underwriter, to be determined based on skills, background, and experience, to support our Syracuse office.

This is not a telecommuting position.

Serving our customers since 1923, The Main Street America Group is a stable, billion-dollar P&C insurance company, Rated A by AM Best and offers:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision (Day 1 coverage)
  • Paid Time Off Bank
  • 401(k) with Company Match
  • Pension Plan
  • Incentive (Bonus) Plan
  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Paid Holidays
  • Company-Paid Disability and Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Health & Dependent Care

Contingency Recruiters: Please do not send resumes directly to any hiring manager within the MSA organization.  If you would like to discuss this position, please contact the Staffing Department directly and NOT our managers. You must have a signed and current search agreement with the MSA Staffing Department before any resumes can be reviewed. Any resumes sent directly to MSA without a contract and specific work order in place for the position will be considered property of MSA.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter!


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