About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010.

Auto Claim Associate Manager (Director level role)

Company Information
Solid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.

Job Summary
Under general direction, this position is responsible for successful execution of national and local claim strategies and to ensure claim policies, procedures, and service standards are implemented and maintained within assigned line of business. Leadership responsibilities including the selection, training, development, performance management and compensation recommendations and communication of staff. This position is a manager of managers.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities
Attract, Retain and Develop World Class Talent:
  • Accountable for the selection, training and development of staff to ensure succession plan and talent retention.
  • Managing staff performance; implementing strategies and plans to address staff development; provide frequent performance feedback.
  • Evaluating claim behaviors, and developing and implementing strategies and plans to address claim professional and Unit Manager development.
  • Making certain training needs are identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.
  • Working with Unit Managers to determine compensation for assigned staff.
  • Serving as a leadership role model to strengthen the development of the staff by sharing knowledge, experience and taking responsible risks to improve individual and team performance.

Provide Compelling Claim Services:
  • Employ proper claim handling techniques to protect the integrity of Travelers brand and providing consistent service quality and streamlined processes to add value for our customers.
  • Drive local claim strategy/execution through effective communication and endorsing a perpetual improvement mindset.
  • Identify business drivers and trends from analyzing claim data.
  • Work with Field Product Line Manager (FPLM) and Claim Product teams to understand, develop and implement national strategies and provide input on new strategies.
  • Provide guidance and direction to Unit Managers and claim professionals through a continuous process of management involvement and claim file review.
  • Evaluate claim behaviors, taking improvement actions as appropriate.
  • Responsible for product quality alignment with Claim Product strategy.
  • Seeks information on, supports, and communicates claim philosophies.
  • Ensures successful service and product delivery.

Drive the Information Advantage:
  • Successfully leverage data, management information and technology to identify and make the most of opportunities to support business strategies and improve results.

Achieve Optimal Solutions:
  • Focus on resolution and process improvement, fulfilling all obligations while maximizing cost effectiveness, helping the business understand drivers, trends and product stress points and helping our partners attract and retain business.
  • Works with Field Product Line Manager to develop, implement and adjust product line staffing/ operating expense budget in support of claim strategies by proactively monitoring notice and volume trends in conjunction with local business market growth projections/plans.
  • As a member of the local Executive Management Team provides input, insight, and assistance to other managers to ensure the success of the local office as a whole. Independent hands on involvement in appropriate claim files.

Partner for Mutual Success:
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with colleagues, business partners, customers, agents, regulatory agencies and others to achieve organizational goals and create better outcomes.
  • Acting as Field liaison with our claim partners in Staff Counsel, Travelers Investigative Services, Risk Control, and Nurse Programs. Maintaining productive and useful relationships with customers, business partners and organizational peers based on meaningful and timely exchange of information.
  • Coordinating and supporting marketing by participating in sales and account management process. Representing the Company, ensuring strong business relations, issues and complaints resolution, and the acquisition and retention of profitable business.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Span of control:
  • 4-8 Unit Managers depending on the location.

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience, including:
  • Thorough knowledge of at least one line of business.
  • Skilled in coverage, liability and damages analysis and has an understanding of the litigation process, relevant case and statutory law and litigation management skills for line of business.
  • A minimum of 5 years of claim management experience required.
  • Knowledge and understanding of marketing, underwriting and account management processes preferred

Job Specific & Technical Skills & Competencies
Leading the Business:
  • Results oriented
  • Aligns resources to accomplish key objectives; assigns clear accountability for important objectives.

Leading Others:
  • Leading employees - Delegates to employees effectively broadens employee opportunities, acts with fairness toward direct reports, and hires talented people for his/her team.
  • Forging synergy - Maintains smooth, effective working relationships; promotes effective teamwork.
  • Building collaborative relationships - Builds productive working relationships with co-workers and external parties.
  • Communicating effectively - Expresses ideas clearly and concisely; disseminates information about decisions, plans and activities.

Leading Self:
  • Openness to influence, flexibility - Takes ideas different from own seriously; shares responsibility and collaborates with others; accepts criticism well; doesn't assume a single best way.

Environmental/Work Schedules/Other
Travel - Occasionally 0-33%

Physical Requirements
  • Operates standard office equipment - Continuously
  • Sitting (can stand at will) - Continuously
  • Use of Keyboards, Sporadic
  • 10-Key - Frequently

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.
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