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Northeast Senior Commercial Lines Underwriter in Syracuse, NY at The Main Street America Group

Date Posted: 4/23/2018

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    Syracuse, NY
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Job Description

Sr. Commercial Lines Underwriter

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. We are looking to add great talent to help us achieve our goals.

We are seeking a Senior Commercial Lines Underwriter to support our growth initiatives. We are looking for a results oriented, experienced underwriter to work directly in our Syracuse, NY office.

Job Summary :

This position is responsible for the Commercial Lines underwriting activities and selecting profitable business.

  • Use sound underwriting judgment within company guidelines and corporate market direction for specific agents within assigned territory to achieve loss ratio and growth objectives
  • Administer and monitor underwriting rules and guidelines, rating manual rules and laws/regulations
  • Work as part of an overall team to promote achievement of objectives within the assigned agency group  
  • Serve as technical resource in multi-line underwriting environment and principle contact for agents - monitor agency performance and recommend and execute remedial action plans to address quality of business, flow, mix, penetration, etc.  
  • Resolve billing and other agents’ service requests
  • Participate in the agency review process in support of territorial initiatives
  • Effectively manage the decision-making process and maintain MSA/agent standards through knowledge and application of corporate business process procedures, effective communication and overall agent relationship management skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in business administration, insurance, risk management, economics or finance
  • Minimum of Associates degree or combination of secondary education and/or other related certifications such as CPCU, CIC, etc.
  • CL product knowledge in multi-lines preferred
  • 4+ years relevant experience including underwriting and customer relationship in the Property and Casualty insurance industry
  • 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 demonstrated skill in utilization of Microsoft Office products including Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
  • Exercise good judgment and effective decision making with a drive for results
  • Ability to build and sustain positive and collaborative working relationships
  • Strong conceptual and analytical ability with proven negotiation skills required

In return for your talent, The Main Street America Group offers:
•    Medical, Dental & Vision (Day 1 coverage)
•    Paid Time Off
•    401(k) with Generous Company Match
•    Pension Plan
•    Incentive (Bonus) Plan
•    Employee Recognition Programs
•    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!

Competencies: Competencies: Role Competencies:

Analytical Thinking/Decision Making - Knowledge of tools and techniques for effective use of a broad range of factors, assumptions, frameworks and perspectives when solving problems.

Business Acumen - Knowledge, insight, and understanding of business concepts, tools, and processes that are needed for making sound decisions in the context of the company's business.

Managing Multiple Priorities - Ability to manage multiple concurrent objectives, projects, groups, or activities, making effective judgments as to prioritizing and time allocation.

Relationship Building - Initiates, develops, maintains, and strengthens partnerships with others inside or outside the organization.

Drive for Results - Continuously focused on achieving/exceeding goals and objectives. Sets high standards of performance; pursues aggressive goals and works hard to achieve them.

Technical Competencies:

Commercial Insurance - Knowledge of commercial insurance products, market segments and marketplace.

Knowledge of Underwriting - Knowledge of the full spectrum of activities, practices, tools and considerations for managing the underwriting process.

Risk Management - Knowledge of process, tools and techniques for assessing and controlling an organization's exposure to risks of various kinds.

Solutions Development - Knowledge of and ability to work with customers to assess needs and generate appropriate solutions to problems or identified needs.

Book Management - Knowledge of practices, tools and techniques to attract, retain and service target customers, maximizing company profit objectives.


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