Associate Underwriter

Overland Park, Kansas

Company Summary

Taking care of our customers, our communities and each other. That's the Travelers Promise. By honoring this commitment, we have maintained our reputation as one of the best property casualty insurers in the industry for over 160 years. Join us to discover a culture that is rooted in innovation and thrives on collaboration. Imagine loving what you do and where you do it.

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Job Description Summary

The Associate Underwriter is responsible for underwriting, profitability, growth and retention of new and renewal business that is consistent with underwriting strategies for agencies within an assigned territory. In this entry level position (i.e.; 1 to 3 yrs of experience), the incumbent is responsible for all the duties of an Underwriter for a smaller, less complex book of business. Accountable for selling and marketing all products as well as managing a high volume environment. The incumbent has demonstrated a solid understanding of business line products, services and process. Additionally the incumbent is trained in underwriting and marketing. The incumbent receives account supervision as necessary and is responsible of independently managing the functions of more routine accounts.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities

Underwriting Quality/Profitability:

  • Follows Best Practices, including Underwriting, Workflow and Playbook.
  • Ensure underwriting quality and profitability through application of the appropriate level of underwriting analysis based on risk complexity to accept, decline, modify, rate and quote these accounts.
  • Responsible for insuring compliance with underwriting strategies and regulatory requirements.
  • Identify and take corrective action and/or collaborate with the appropriate area within the organization based on individual risk characteristics identified through agency reviews, Large Loss Analysis, risk control, etc.


  • Pre-qualify accounts to identify customer needs and take appropriate action.
  • Function as point of sale for proposal delivery and negotiation.
  • Understand and effectively utilize competitive market data.
  • Build and maintain profitable agency relationships.

New and Renewal Business Management:

  • Identify opportunities to write additional lines of business using knowledge of individual risk characteristics and Products and Appetite.
  • Proactively seek to retain key renewals by working closely with agent and business center.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build partnerships with other business groups and identify and deliver agency and product solutions at the account level.
  • Maintain an understanding of Travelers products, services and solutions and initiate discussions with other business units as appropriate.

Agency Management:

  • Identify and communicate to Field Account Executive issues and opportunities requiring agency interaction.
  • Participate in agency planning process as prescribed by the Agency Planning Best Practices.
  • Communicate identified agency training needs to Field Account Executive.


  • Good technical multi-line underwriting skills; Good knowledge of Property/Casualty business and products.
  • Business Acumen understands products, financials, objectives and service requirements.
  • Analytical, Problem Solving & Decision Making manages own work; takes responsibility for decisions and actions; quantitative reasoning, critical thinking skills.
  • Teamwork & Collaboration establishes strong relationships and networks within the Enterprise and externally.
  • Communicates and Effectively Influences Others strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Transactional Sales Skills; Good negotiation skills.
  • Good organization and Time Management Skills - Ability to manage multiple tasks; prioritize and work effectively in a fast paced, decision oriented environment.
  • Good Business and Financial Acumen: understands business objectives and responds to related issues; concerns; problems; can act in a decisive manner to achieve financial objectives.
  • Ability to assimilate change.
  • Automation Platform Skills - Strong automation skills, including: MI tools, rating systems/platform, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

  • One year of underwriting experience required.

Education, Work Experience, & Knowledge

  • Four-year college degree or related business experience preferred.

Employment Practices

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer. We value the unique abilities and talents each individual brings to our organization and recognize that we benefit in numerous ways from our differences. 

If you have questions regarding the physical requirements of this role, please send us an email so we may assist you.

Travelers reserves the right to fill this position at a level above or below the level included in this posting.

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.