AVP Industry Practice Director - Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail and Wholesale

Zurich Insurance Group

$100K — $200K *

New York, NY 10001
+ 14 other locations

More than 4w ago


8 - 10 years of experience

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Job Description

Zurich North America is seeking an AVP Industry Practice Director – Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail and Wholesale for our growing U.S. Middle Market Business Unit. This role is responsible for helping to advance the foundational Property and Casualty underwriting framework for our Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail and Wholesale Industry Practices.

This is a critical role as the AVP Industry Practice Director will utilize their expertise at a national level to help to deliver the Property and Casualty underwriting strategy. It is the expectation that the strategy will drive the performance and growth of the assigned industry practices. Broader responsibilities include training and supporting the Market Facing Underwriters in the strategy. This role will work across the business unit in a collaborative manner to solve complex problems with other Industry Practice Leaders, Underwriters, Brokers, Line of Business and Actuarial partners.

This position should be proximate to an existing Zurich North American Middle Market Office location.

Key Accountabilities:

Operationalize the underwriting strategy of the Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail and Wholesale industry practice to deliver growth and profitability results.

Develop and advance the technical standards, controls and practices for Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail and Wholesale industry practices

Provide technical underwriting guidance to field underwriting staff in through the handling of complex queries and referrals,

Participate in the strategic and operational planning process, lending the viewpoint of the industry segment.

Develops feedback mechanisms to ensure information is shared across the business

Develops Solutions for issues and trends facing the industry segments and identifies opportunities for new products and services

Agency Engagement with key relationships in conjunction with Head of Industry, Territory Leaders, and Underwriters. Travel may take place in accordance with branch and industry strategies.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and 8 or more years of experience in the Underwriting Area


High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in the Underwriting area

Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced knowledge in underwriting property, general liability, auto, workers compensation and umbrella for the following industries: Real Estate, Hospitality, Retail and Wholesale

Ability to manage complex Property and Casualty underwriting portfolios and deliver to target.

Proven ability to influence others in achieving goals

Experience developing and implementing underwriting strategies for complex offerings

Strong skills in sales such as relationship building, active listening and win-win negotiating

Strong Leadership presence with experience navigating through a large organization to execute through influence

Excellent communication and problem-solving skills

Ability to effectively use Microsoft TEAMS, Sharepoint, Excel, Powerpoint, Word and embrace new technologies.

CPCU, CIC designation

Compensation for roles at Zurich varies depending on a wide array of factors including but not limited to the specific office location, role, skill set, and level of experience. The salary provided is a nationwide market range and has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location where the position may be filled. As required by local law, Zurich provides in good faith a reasonable range of compensation for roles. Compensation may exceed the salary listed based on the evaluation of skillset and experience. For additional information about our Total Rewards, click here. Other rewards may include short term incentive bonuses and merit increases. The starting salary range for the position is: $124,600.00 - $171,400.00.

A future with Zurich. What can go right when you apply at Zurich?

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 150 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here to learn more.

As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet

Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission.

Location(s): AM - Schaumburg, AM - Atlanta, AM - Charlotte, AM - Chicago, AM - Dallas, AM - Denver, AM - Houston, AM - Los Angeles, AM - Minneapolis, AM - New York, AM - Phoenix, AM - Richmond, AM - Sacramento, AM - San Francisco, AM - Seattle, AM - Washington DC

Remote Working: Hybrid

Schedule: Full Time

Employment Sponsorship Offered: No

Linkedin Recruiter Tag: #LI-AK1 #LI-DIRECTOR #LI-HYBRID.

About Zurich Insurance Group

Learn More About Zurich Insurance Group
Zurich Insurance Group is a Swiss insurance company founded in 1872. It is one of the world's largest insurance companies, operating in over 215 countries and territories. Zurich provides a wide range of insurance products and services, including property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and pensions. The company is committed to sustainability and has set ambitious targets to reduce its carbon footprint and promote renewable energy. Zurich is also actively involved in supporting local communities through various charitable initiatives.
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