Underwriter - Financial Lines, International

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Description

Fantastic opportunity to join Beazley's growing Continental European hub in the centre of Barcelona. We are seeking an underwriter with experience across Financial Lines (Management Liability, Financial Institutions, Professional Liability, Cyber...) to work as part of our close knit team. While this person will look at risks from all over Europe, the role will have a particular focus on Italy and so an understanding of the Italian markets as well as fluency in Italian is essential. We are looking for a technically proficient underwriter with a collaborative and commercial mind-set.

Beazley is a flexible and innovative employer, welcoming applications from all backgrounds.

 

Job description and person specification

Job Title: Underwriter - Financial Lines, International

Division:  Specialty Lines

Location: Barcelona

Key Relationships: Brokers, own staff, underwriters, coverholders, external clients and suppliers 

Job Summary: To underwrite a Financial Lines account within the International Financial Lines team and provide counsel and advice on underwriting and market issues. Provide technical expertise in this business area and maintain and improve market reputation of the Beazley brand.

 

Key Responsibilities: 

Underwriting

  • Develop and underwrite a profitable portfolio of Financial Lines business as part of the International Financial Lines team.
  • Structure tailor-made solutions by considering the team underwriting parameters and underwriting policy and using underwriting knowledge and experience to win new business and retain existing.
  • Monitor premiums, costs and claims ratios per contract and take corrective measures if necessary to ensure long term profitability at account level.
  • Evaluate appropriate risk premium by considering the risk costs, reinsurance cessions, capital exposure as well as the underwriting and general administration costs to ensure profitability, using rating models as applicable.
  • Monitor peer underwriters in their daily work to ensure profitability as well as efficient and cost effective administration of the Continental Europe Financial Lines account.
  • Monitor and supervise assistants in their daily work to ensure compliance with underwriting philosophy and policy and consistency within the team and Specialty Lines.
  • Comply with Beazley’s underwriting control standards for business written through Lloyd’s or Beazley’s internal MGAs.
  • Develop a good working relationship with the claims managers on this class of business.

Client Management

  • Advise, assist and service clients on insurance and risk matters to ensure clients’ satisfaction.
  • Foster positive relationships with clients to get a mutual understanding of both their and Beazley’s needs.
  • Maintenance of good business relationships with brokers.
  • Maintain awareness of overall Beazley product range and take advantages of opportunities to introduce other Beazley products to clients.

 

General

  • Leverage networking opportunities within the business to develop standardised underwriting policy and best practice within Beazley.
  • Develop best practice and disseminate business and class knowledge within the International Financial Lines and Specialty Lines teams.
  • Work with peers within International Financial Lines and Specialty Lines to maximise business opportunities and profitability within the department.  This will include but not be limited to sharing market information, marketing sources and cross selling opportunities.
  • Share and gather knowledge within the Beazley Group to ensure dissemination of best practice and maximise business opportunities and profitability across the Group.
  • Production of presentations and marketing literature as required.
  • Production of business plans/research documents for the Continental Europe Financial Lines account as required.

At Beazley we are committed to doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do.  It is important that within all your interactions both internally and externally you adhere to this principle through adoption of Beazley’s core values and behaviours – PIED and Being Beazley. 

  • Adopt the Beazley culture of Professionalism, Integrity, Effectiveness and Dynamic that contributes to an internal environment of teamwork and promote a positive brand image and experience to our external customers.
  • Comply with Beazley procedures, policies and regulations including the code of conduct which incorporates the PRA and FCA Conduct Rules. Undertake training on Beazley policies and procedures as delivered by your line manager, the Talent Management development or assurance teams (compliance, risk, internal audit) either directly, via e-learning or the learning management system.
  • Display business ethics that uphold the interests of all our customers
  • Ensure all interactions with customers are focused on delivering a fair outcome, including having the right products for their needs.
  • Comply with any specific responsibilities necessary for your role as outlined by your line manager, the Talent Management or assurance teams (compliance, risk, internal audit) and ensure you keep up to date with developments in these areas.  This may include, amongst others, Beazley’s underwriting control standards, Beazley’s claims control standards, other Beazley standards and customer relationship management
  • Carry out additional responsibilities as individually notified, either through your objectives or through the learning management system.  These may include membership of any Beazley committees or working groups.


 

Personal Specification:

Education and Qualifications

  • Minimum graduate level education

Skills and Abilities

  • General commercial and financial knowledge
  • Possess underwriting ability
  • Accurate and numerate
  • Computer skills – good working knowledge of MS Office, advanced Excel skills
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Able to communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing
  • Motivational skills, team worker as well as able to work on own initiative
  • Ability to manage time, meet deadlines and prioritise
  • Fluency in English and Italian; Spanish language skills an advantage

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of Financial Lines underwriting
  • Good knowledge of Beazley’s key markets within Continental Europe, particularly Italy
  • Thorough knowledge of underwriting policy, philosophy and practice
  • Advanced knowledge of underwriting processes and systems
  • Client service experience

Aptitude and Disposition

  • Results focused, self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic
  • Professional approach to interact successfully with managers / colleagues / external suppliers

Competencies

  • Achievement drive
  • Analytical thinking
  • Strategic thinking
  • Service focus
  • Team working
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Forward thinking




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