AVP Underwriting, Environmental (Remote)

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Argo Group is a leader in specialty insurance with a vibrant culture built on respect, equality, wellness and opportunity. We’re an innovative organization that’s small enough to be agile and big enough to make a difference in our industry.  

Our hybrid workplace is continuously evolving to ensure all employees feel: 

  • Comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. 
  • Confident that they will be treated respectfully. 
  • Recognized for their performance and provided with equal opportunities to succeed. 

At Argo, skill meets opportunity. If you’re wired to raise your hand and ask, “Where can I help?”, you’ll thrive with us. 

We are looking for a highly capable Assistant Vice President of Environmental to join our team and work from any US Argo office or as a home-based employee. This role will underwrite new Environmental business within the Environmental Division of Argo Group, according to authority level and established guidelines.

The AVP of Environmental Underwriting takes an active role in partnering with the SVP of Underwriting to develop and implement underwriting strategy that identifies profitable market opportunities, new product development, positive agent relationships, operational requirements and financial assessments.  The AVP Underwriting is responsible for assisting the SVP Underwriting in the effective management of staff, processes, agent relationships and underwriting results. This position is responsible for hiring and directing the day-to-day activities of certain underwriting staff.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Underwrite an individual portfolio of Environmental Insurance coverage lines including General Liability, Contractors Pollution Liability, Professional Liability, Premises Pollution Liability and Excess Liability. This position will be expected to be a top generator of new, profitable business for the team.
  • Cultivate and manage agent and broker relationships with an emphasis on Argo’s reputation for quick, responsive, service-oriented underwriting.
  • Manage and provide leadership to multiple direct reports.  Conduct development reviews and engage direct reports in developmental and skill building opportunities.
  • Establish and communicate underwriting profit goals and other measurements including new business, renewal retention, and service standards.
  • Partner with the SVP of Underwriting to develop strategies for growth and new products, as well as actions to resolve adverse trends or deviations from established underwriting standards
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships within and outside Argo Group to develop and drive new business opportunities. Work with internal and external business units to develop joint business plans, value propositions and cross-marketing programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • This position requires a high-energy, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards. Additional qualifications and knowledge include but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university and 10 years’ industry experience.
  • Casualty and Excess Liability experience strongly preferred.
  • Proven leadership capabilities with a sound influence in dealing with challenging situations. 
  • Demonstrates a quick, highly responsive work ethic with brokers and agents.
  • Demonstrates significant contribution to underwriting profit.
  • Independent decision maker – takes full responsibility for making decisions and consequences associated with decisions.
  • Recognized as a leader within the organization that provides advice and guidance to others.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the environmental, casualty and excess liability external market and contributes to the development of business strategy.
  • Have established relationships within the environmental liability community with external clients and professional network.
  • Continually seeks opportunities for portfolio growth and potential agent opportunities.
  • Effective oral and written communication, including influence and negotiation skills.
  • Experience in delivering presentations to all internal and external audiences.
  • Proven employee development, mentoring, coaching and performance management skills.
  • Proficient in the use of computer programs, including Word, Excel, and Outlook, ImageRight.

PLEASE NOTE:  At this time, Argo Group will not sponsor an applicant for employment authorization for this position.

If you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Argo Group, please contact our Benefits Department at 210-321-8400. 

To all recruitment agencies:  Unless you have been requested to work on this position, or other positions with Argo Group, please do not forward any resumes to Argo Group employees.   Argo Group is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. 

The range provided is for Colorado-based hires only and will be commensurate with candidate experience. Pay ranges for candidates in other locations other than CO may differ based on the cost of labor in that location. Pay range: $140,000 - $180,000 plus eligibility for an annual bonus based on company and individual performance.


PLEASE NOTE:  At this time, Argo Group will not sponsor an applicant for employment authorization for this position.

If you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Argo Group, please contact our Benefits Department at 210-321-8400. 

To all recruitment agencies:  Unless you have been requested to work on this position, or other positions with Argo Group, please do not forward any resumes to Argo Group employees.   Argo Group is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: ARGO) is a global multiline underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. We help power the businesses that drive the world economy, offering a comprehensive line of high-quality products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims-handling needs of our clients. We foster an inclusive culture that embraces diversity and design thinking, relies on innovation and agility, promotes collaborative service delivery, offers frequent, integrated communication and values authentic recognition of excellence. View our 2022 Environmental, Social & Governance Report to learn more about Argo.  

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin or citizenship (including language use restrictions), denial of family and medical care leave, disability (mental and physical) , including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), race, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex (including pregnancy, child birth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, child birth or breastfeeding), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or other status protected by laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. 

Our Benefits

Developing our employees professionally and personally strengthens our organization.
Argo Group offers an attractive Total Rewards package that includes:

  • A culture that recognizes performance and empowers employees to excel, offering competitive compensation and merit driven profit sharing.
  • Flexible workplace policies that support employee well-being include compressed hours, flex-time, job-sharing, remote work, sabbatical leave, holiday and summer hours.
  • Comprehensive health, wellness, and financial planning options that employees can tailor to meet their personal and family needs.   In addition to traditional health and wellness plans, benefits include retirement savings, matching 401K (US-based employees), generous paid time off (PTO), paid caregiver and parental leave, employee assistance program (EAP), an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) offering a 15% discount, and an array of voluntary benefits.  
  • Argo Academy, a digital and instructor-led platform that offers continuous learning and professional development – Training magazine lists Argo among the Training "Top 125" Companies.   Argo encourages career mobility and continuing education to pursue and maintain professional and industry designations, in addition to traditional university and higher education programs.
  • An inclusive culture that develops and sponsors diverse teams, encourages cross-functional engagement and collaboration, builds community through employee resource groups (ERGs), and provides an environment that welcomes ongoing dialogue, creative innovation, professional and personal development.
  • Active community outreach and volunteer programs in addition to matching charitable gifts by 100%.
  • A generous Employee Referral program that results in approximately 25% of all new hires annually.
More Information on Argo Group
Argo Group operates in the Insurance industry. Argo Group was founded in 1948. It has 1296 total employees. To see all 47 open jobs at Argo Group, click here.
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