Personal Lines Underwriter Trainee

Job Locations US-MN-Edina
Posted Date 1 week ago(2/14/2018 5:01 PM)
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Western National is pleased to announce an opportunity to join our Personal Lines Underwriting team as a Trainee. This exciting opportunity is the perfect chance for someone who is interested in taking the Underwriting career path with a Wards Top 50 company.


The ideal candidate will have a college degree and interest in participating in an extensive trainee program to gain knowledge and experience in Underwriting Personal Lines business.


  • Gain basic knowledge of the insurance industry including the regulatory and legal environment.
  • Develop an understanding of personal lines products, rating methodology, coverage forms and endorsements.
  • Learn to use established practices, procedures, and authority level to analyze exposures of different types of risks to modify, renew and write new policies.
  • Develop and utilize own understanding of risk, exposure and overall book performance to identify and maximize opportunities to meet loss ratio and growth opportunities.
  • Learn how to extract internal data and research external information to identify trends impacting personal lines performance.
  • Gain knowledge to monitor and review personal lines portfolio to meet organizational and department goals.
  • Build strong relationships through regular contact with agents, underwriters and employees across the organization.
  • Achieve designated milestones in the development of skills necessary to succeed as a personal lines underwriter.


  • Bachelors degree.
  • Ability to follow process and attention to details.
  • Able to multitask, solve problems.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to learn basic data extraction and manipulation functions.
  • Negotiation and relationship building skills.
  • Analytical with ability to exercise sound business judgment.
  • Willingness to work toward CPCU. 
  • Intermediate level of proficiency in MS Word and Excel.


Western National Insurance is a growing, A+ rated (A.M. Best) group of property-and-casualty insurance companies serving individuals, families, and businesses in 20 states across the Midwestern and Western U.S. plus Alaska. Currently ranked as the 57th largest private company by revenue in Minnesota (Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal), Western National has consistently earned accolades as an employer of choice, including as a Star Tribune Top Workplace (2011 – 2016), and previously as a recipient of the Minnesota Business Ethics Award, as a Minnesota Business Magazine Top 100 Workplace, as a Principal Financial “10 Best” Company, and as a finalist for the Alfred P. Sloan “When Work Works” Award.

Western National is known as “The Relationship Company®”, and caring for employees is a key part of that relationship commitment. Western National offers competitive pay, advancement opportunities, a generous benefits package, a robust wellbeing program, and a healthy work/life balance (including three weeks of paid time off, nine paid holidays, and eight hours of paid volunteer time as a starting point for new employees). These attributes are just some of the reasons why nearly half of our employees choose to stay on the Western National team for 10 years or more.

Our benefits package includes:

  • 401(k) company match
  • Medical insurance – We offer affordable (thanks to a strong employer subsidy), above-average coverage and the choice of either a traditional Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) option OR a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) option
  • Western Wellbeing program – Including on-site massage, yoga classes, salad and healthy snack days, sit/stand workstations, nutrition seminars, and more
  • 100% company-paid tuition reimbursement for approved, job-relevant coursework
  • Discounts on automobile and homeowner's insurance
  • Other standard employee benefits – Including dental insurance, vision benefits, life insurance, disability insurance, and more


We could continue to list the things that we think make Western National a great place to work, but why not hear it instead from actual current and former employees? Here are some quotes that Western National employees have posted to the Glassdoor public review site:

  • “Excellent company which prioritizes customer service and community service.”
  • “Just a great place to come to work, and stay for a career. I love the personal touch from [the] executive suite on down. [The] CEO is on a first-name basis with everyone.”
  • “Above-average benefits, especially on the health insurance front.”
  • “I have felt welcomed here and I feel like the Senior Management cares.”


(For more reviews from current and former Western National employees, you can visit the company’s Glassdoor page here: .)


***Western National is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.***


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