Senior Specialty Lines (National Programs)Specialist-Commercial

June 9 2021
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories Bank, Insurance, Financial Services, Bank, Insurance, Financial services, Sales, Business Development
Vancouver, BC

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience, advancement on a growing team.

Job Overview

Working under minimal supervision, the Senior Specialty Lines Specialist contributes to Wawanesa’s success by leading the underwriting of a National Program portfolio, including broker delegated authority, by implementing strategies and initiatives that develop and maintain products, underwriting policies and rates in the specialty commercial lines area. They will proactively search for areas of opportunity to drive profitable growth through national programs and portfolios across distribution channels. Responsibility includes analyzing the acceptability of complex and high premium business within company guidelines by working collaboratively with our Regional underwriters, Business Development and Executive Office teams and providing value added expertise and service to both potential and existing policyholders.

Job Responsibilities

• Lead the underwriting, contract, wording and pricing analysis for assigned National Programs and/or broker portfolios to ensure that programs/accounts meet financial and operational targets

• Collaborate with claims, loss control, commercial pricing, business development and executive office to ensure we can underwrite, price and service the deal from a claims and loss control perspective to meet financial targets
• Lead research and development initiatives to provide innovative and competitive products to meet our customer needs for specialty commercial lines.
• Develop and present specialty lines training programs to a variety of audiences.
• Mentor and develop team members through the sharing of knowledge and best practices.
• Develop and maintain specialty lines underwriting guidelines and procedures.
• Provide risk acceptance approvals to regional underwriters while sharing knowledge and best practices.
• Develop and enhance productive business relationships by liaising with internal and external stakeholders.
• Leads regional underwriting specialty lines audits and reviews to ensure consistency and find areas for improvement.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


• Minimum of ten years Property and Casualty industry experience

• 3+ years’ experience with national programs, manuscript wordings and delegation of underwriting authority is considered an asset
• Completion of post-secondary education
• Completed CIP or equivalent Property and Casualty industry designation
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to conduct detailed analysis of information, and to select and implement best solutions in a timely manner
• Excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate at the right level for the audience and present information or arguments in a convincing manner
• Excellent planning and organizing skills, with the ability to develop and prioritize effective plans that define activities, resources, timelines, and cost estimates
• Excellent attention to detail with the ability to develop quality standards and mentor other teams members in adhering to them
• Ability to facilitate high team moral
• Ability and willingness to travel



Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our full-time permanent employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, annual bonus plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan). Wawanesa provides a stable environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets. We’re also proud to give our employees in Canada the flexibility to choose how and where they want to work. Options in most roles include work from the office, from home, or a hybrid mix of time spent at both.

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.

Accommodations are available as needed for all applicants.

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