Commercial Underwriter

Job Description

Job Title: Commercial Underwriter 

Key Accountabilities – Commercial Underwriter 

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

Support wider ‘Team Leader’ team and provide effective management to the business in the event of absence.

Identifying poorly performing accounts and investigating reasons for lack of retention and poor conversion.

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

Ongoing monitoring and delivery of 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.

Management and underwriting of new business enquiries and renewals.

The management, identification and acquisition of profitable business.

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.

Act as a point of technical referral to provide support and assistance to Underwriting Teams 

Other Activities, Duties and Responsibilities – Commercial Underwriter 

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. 


Essential Desirable


Progress towards DIP. CII     ACII 


Advanced underwriting knowledge    

Skills/Abilities/ Competencies

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    


Extensive prior underwriting experience

Experience of handling complex cases             

Experience of dealing with disputes

Experience in managing people 

Personal Attributes            

A friendly professional demeanour and ability to excel in a team oriented environment

Natural at giving direction to and mentoring less experienced colleagues

Driven to go ‘above and beyond’ to provide best in class service to insurer and broker partners