Underwriter – Executive & Professional

Job Opportunity:

We are continuing to grow our team and Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has two exciting opportunities to join our Executive & Professional lines Directors & Officers (D&O) and Financial Institutions (FI) underwriting teams in both Sydney and Melbourne.

We are seeking individuals who are intelligent, passionate and are always striving towards excellence. Our expectations are for teammates to be able to learn new products and have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with all levels and disciplines.

You should be great with people and comfortable working closely with all functions of our business including legal, actuarial, claims as well as other underwriters across the broader BHSI team. A positive attitude and sense of professionalism are critical, as is your ability to communicate effectively.

In addition, necessary character, relationship building and negotiating skills to help lead and further build a profitable book of business are of the upmost importance.

The successful candidates will be focused on a positive customer experience, while maintaining sound underwriting discipline. This position is a great fit for Underwriters who are looking to expand their responsibilities and underwriting knowledge with an experienced and well-regarded unit within a top global insurance company.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Manage and build upon a book of business that is consistent with the team’s strategic focus
Develop and build a profitable book of financial lines business
Establish, develop, and expand broker and customer relationships
Underwrite assigned accounts while ensuring appropriate analysis and documentation
Work in a fast-paced, bottom line-oriented environment, multi-task and make quick decisions while maintaining underwriting integrity
Underwrite to complex and challenging risks while developing creative solutions for our partners
Work closely with our in-house claims team to help create a positive and transparent experience for our customers

 Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

2+ years of financial lines underwriting experience
Demonstrated understanding of financial analysis and financial markets
Existing broker and customer relationships, or the experience and ability to develop strong broker and customer relationships quickly
Solid underwriting fundamentals with strong desire to learn and develop in D&O and/or FI
Good understanding of D&O / FI market policy wordings and endorsements
Experience trading with specialized brokers is preferred
Strong collaboration and team building skills
Strong communication skills including negotiation, written communication and presentation experience
Degree or equivalent education and/or insurance qualifications

BHSI Offers:

A competitive package and exciting growth opportunities for career-oriented teammates
A dynamic, action oriented and thoughtful environment centered on always doing the right thing for our customers, teammates and our other stakeholders
A purposely non-bureaucratic organization that embraces simplicity over complexity and emphasizes individual excellence in a team framework
Melbourne, VIC, AU