Commercial Underwriter (CII Qualified as a Minimum)

  • Job Reference: TM/Commercial/UW
  • Date Posted: 2 November 2020
  • Recruiter: Massenhove Recruitment
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £27,000 to £32,500
  • Sector: Underwriting and Underwriting Support
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Contact: Tony Massenhove
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 0333 121 8000

Job Description

Job Title: Commercial Underwriter (CII Qualified as a Minimum)  Department: SME Package Business

Reports to: Commercial Business Team Manager’s

Location: Home/City Office  Full/Part Time: Full Time

Salary Band: £27,000 to £32,500


Purpose of Role/Job Overview:

To provide efficient, timely and professional support to brokers for package SME quotations and general enquiries. Must have good experience in property & per capita tradesman/contractor risks for the SME package policies and a basic understanding of retail, pub & restaurant package policies.

Develop strong working relationships with broker and insurer partners.

To achieve income and profit objectives through the underwriting of new business proposals, determine policy terms and calculate premiums in line with authority levels and occasionally support the renewals team where necessary.

To gain a strong understanding of the insurance market so that new business proposition can

target specific areas.

Demonstrating your contribution to loss ratio control by effectively adhering to Company's underwriting controls.

To positively reinforce and display group values and to actively drive the business forward in achieving its


Key Accountabilities:

Meeting and where possible, exceeding brokers service levels and expectations.

Support wider team to collectively manage workload and provide support to other areas of the business in the event of absence.

Identifying poorly performing accounts and investigating reasons for poor conversion, retention and loss ratios.

Identifying cover and hazards that will impact on the acceptance, pricing, or terms applicable to a risk.

Ongoing monitoring and delivery of both individual and team targets, taking action where necessary to ensure business achieves its objectives.

Understands the impact of claims and risk management on the performance of a case and demonstrates an ability to underwrite taking these factors into account.

Build and maintain strong relationships with key trading partners to maximize influence.

Support the development and operation of sales campaigns to drive the acquisition of profitable business. 

Other Activities, Duties and Responsibilities:

Maintain and develop market awareness.

Maintain good working relationships with all internal departments.

Maintain an open communication ethos with colleagues and managers.

Demonstrate “model behaviours”

Comply with all legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements to ensure obligations are met.

Contribute to wider business activities.

Operate within individual underwriting authorities and guidelines. 

Key Requirements:

CERT CII Dip qualified or working towards

Extensive prior underwriting experience

Strong knowledge of property and casualty business

Experience of handling complex cases  

Excellent communication and organizational skills

Ability to manage time effectively, set priorities and meet deadlines

Ability to learn and adapt to change

Desire/ability to work successfully in a small company environment

Proven ability in developing key working relationships and business opportunities

Good negotiation and decision-making skills

Strong knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements as well as technical proficiency on wordings

A high level of numeracy, analytical and literacy skills

Strong organisational and prioritisation skills

The ability to influence actions and attitudes of others through leading by example

Good communication skills, ability to coach and develop others

Understanding of manual rating up process