SVP, Underwriting Lawyers & Accountants Professional Liability


: $131,170.00 - $101,960.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Financial Services - Insurance

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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 upper-middle 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.Due to a growing book of business, we are looking for an exceptional SVP, Lawyers' & Accountants' Professional Liability (LPL & APL) to join our team and work in our Chicago or New York office. This position will report to the President of Argo Pro and is responsible for developing business and providing strategic guidance and direction to underwriting, in all regions, regarding business development and promoting profitable underwriting results.So what's it like to work on the Argo Pro Underwriting team? Well, it's different, and different can be good. The work we offer is challenging and diversified. Hate predictability and doing the same task all the time? No worries! Here you will need to think quickly to resolve a range of problems, and projects are given during the year to always keep busy. 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 you'll 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 thinkingSecond, you'll want to make sure the challenge sounds interesting to you. In this customer facing and customer focused role you will:* Establish and communicate underwriting profit goals and other measurements including loss ratio, new business development, policy count, account retention, and expanding distribution relationships* Managing a portfolio of lawyers' and accountants' professional liability business including primary and excess, on an admitted and non-admitted basis.* Identify and manage broker relationships.* 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.* Have established reinsurance relationships as well as maintain and enhance the existing reinsurance relationships.* Represent the company at networking functions and other industry-related events that present and promote departmental initiatives to other external constituencies as appropriate.* Monthly review of profit and loss statements by BU (monthly).* Cultivate and maintain relationships within and outside Argo Group to develop and drive new business opportunities.* Develop and maintain effective relationships with distribution community at a senior level. Add tangible value to the composition of our current distribution platform.* Collaborate with internal and external business units to develop joint business plans, value propositions and cross-marketing programs.* Promote an environment that encourages self-motivation, teamwork and collaboration.* 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.* Other duties as assigned.What will you need to be successful here?* Bachelor's degree and 15 years industry experience.* RPLU and/or CPCU designation* 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 lawyers' and accountants' professional liability external market and contributes to the development of business strategy.* Have established relationships within the lawyers' and 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.* Demonstrated strong negotiation skills, achieving favorable outcomes in win/win negotiations.* We work in a fast-paced environment that is evolving constantly; so flexibility and the ability to thrive in change are important to be successful here. Oh, as is being resourceful on your own.* A strong focus on execution in getting things done right. We are looking for people with a proven ability to consistently produce and deliver expected results.* Excellent ability to collect, gather, manipulate and analyze information in detail to draw conclusions on how to underwrite an account profitably.* Advanced knowledge of computer programs, including Excel, Outlook, and Word.* Ability to travel approximately 30-40% of the time.What will we provide to you?* An opportunity to be your best and work with talented and inventive professionals at a Company Forbes magazine named to its list of America's 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, by the way, got us named in Training magazine as one of the 2017 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.Applicants: For the most convenient application experience, please use the "Apply with LinkedIn" button. If manually entering, only include your most recent or relevant job information needed for this role. For either method, please attach your most current resume. Additional job history may be obtained if selected for the interview process. * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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