• Commercial Lines Underwriter

    Job Locations US-MN-Edina
    Posted Date 5 months ago(1/9/2019 2:03 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Western National is seeking an experienced Commercial Underwriter to join our growing Central Region team.  This position is responsible for cultivating critical relationships with agency partners and effectively writing new and renewal business to achieve department growth & profit goals. 


    The ideal candidate has at least 2+ years of experience demonstrating their ability to successfully manage and grow a middle-market book of business that offers multi-line coverage.


    • Develop a commercial lines book of business with assigned agencies.
    • Manage larger, challenging, and more complex commercial business and agency assignments.
    • Utilize understanding of assessing risk and exposures to identify business opportunities to maximize assigned territory loss ratio and growth objectives.
    • Meet business goals through new business development, renewal retention, and overall profitability of assigned territory.
    • Travels to assigned agencies to build on agency partnerships and promote/negotiate higher agency ranking position.
    • Builds and maintains strong agency relationships with the goal of increasing an agencies book of business and/or profitability.
    • Serves as a mentor providing technical support, training and problem solving for other underwriters on an ongoing basis.


    • 2+ years of Commercial Underwriting experience. 
    • Bachelor degree in Insurance or Finance or equivalent related experience.
    • CPCU, AU, or CIC certification preferred.
    • Experience working with agencies and book of business in Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota is preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships with agents and other departments and also exemplify superior teamwork.
    • Extensive knowledge and understanding of industry best practices, standards, and commercial multi-line underwriting concepts including broad business segment knowledge.


    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: http://bit.ly/2qXtl4A .)


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


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