Product Manager - Personal Lines (Des Moines, IA)

| Des Moines, IA
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If you're passionate about helping people protect what matters most to them, as well as innovating and simplifying processes and operations to provide the best customer value, then Nationwide's Property and Casualty team could be the place for you!

The person in this Product Manager-Personal Lines role can work from one of the corporate offices or remotely.

Compensation Band G3



Job Description Summary
Our work is essential to helping Nationwide build future capability to serve customer needs. Keeping existing products relevant and marketable and building new products takes research, critical thinking, practicality and collaboration. If you enjoy gathering input and information, working independently and on a team and creating innovative solutions for customers, we want to know more about you!

As a Product Manager, you'll be responsible for positioning products for profitable growth within state(s). This will include developing and implementing multi-year strategic plans and implementing processes related to financial planning, rate reviews, market development and communication of product management. Your work will support regional and corporate objectives through ongoing analysis and monitoring of results and communicating results with leadership, distribution and underwriting partners.

Job Description
Key Responsibilities:
  • Gathers information from multiple internal and external sources according to company guidelines, including competitor filings to perform analysis. May require gathering verbal information from internal subject matter specialists or partners and data through reports or other external published or non-published electronic means. Provides and applies context and understanding of information to anticipate the multiple variables and complexities needed to research. May coordinate project/product research through others.
  • Analyzes product performance and finds opportunities at state, line of business and agency level. Identifies and analyzes key product, performance and profitability drivers such as distribution, rate structure and rules performance to validate assumptions, identify adverse impacts, trends and solutions. Applies judgment, understanding and curiosity to data and provides high level analysis considering multiple complexities to build fully developed solutions. Analyzes and reviews financial results, product profitability, business mix and competitive information and forecasts performance. May coordinate the analysis of others to include larger reviews.
  • Manages schedule to complete work within established time and service standards. May handle timelines and coordinate completion of project work through others. Plans work to ensure rate review and other key processes are completed to ensure speed to market.
  • Develops comprehensive product strategy for the state(s) for overall profitability using rate reviews, pricing, risk appetite, placement, timing, etc. Determines how to apply and implement strategic decisions in alignment with market strategies (agents, tools, sales, etc.). Influences decisions with internal and external partners at all levels that impact national plan and geographic responsibility.
  • Develops detailed product plan to achieve long- and short-term financial objectives (one to three years) for assigned state(s) and product(s) based on high-level corporate objectives. Provides input into rate, loss, revenue, financial and other planning teams to influence regional and national strategy. Builds and implements communication plans to share key business changes. Initiates action plans to improve or maintain product performance.
  • Consults with leadership and internal partners regarding analysis, ideas and business performance providing recommendations based on in-depth functional and regional knowledge. Supports partners through ongoing review and consultation on distribution and underwriting performance initiatives. Provides tools and analysis to establish understanding of complex issues and focus attention on meaningful concepts. Promotes teamwork among regional and staff partners to ensure alignment with the initiatives. Participates on projects and committees as a SME and provides consultation to research and development, pricing and training to provide regional perspective and expertise.
  • Communicates information regarding products, pricing and organizational decisions to internal and external partners verbally and in writing. Translates sophisticated data and strategic concepts into understandable communications to be shared with multiple audiences. Discerns the most relevant information and flexes style and message appropriate for the audience that instills confidence, conveys the strategic vision and influences actions. This is a key area with a significant volume of verbal and written communication done at multiple levels on a continuous basis.
  • Proactively builds and strengthens relationships with peers, internal and external partners to support completion of ongoing assignments. May participate in cross functional teams to complete projects or support the business. Provides strong leadership, is approachable, and instills trust at all levels.
  • Participates in training classes, department and company meetings. Pursues additional education to increase personal, professional and technical knowledge and skills. May assist trainers as a subject matter authority by providing content or delivering information to help educate regional underwriting and product partners. Mentors associates and provide education to others at all levels.
  • Lead all aspects of associate management including performance, salary planning and administration, training and development, workflow and organization planning, day-to-day management, hiring and placement and disciplinary actions for direct and possibly indirect reports.
May perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Reporting Relationships: Reports to field product leader; up to two direct reports and no indirect reports.

Typical Skills and Experiences:

Education: Bachelor's degree in insurance, actuarial science, mathematics, risk management, economics, finance, accounting, business administration or related subject area or Masters of Business Administration degree preferred.

License/Certification/Designation: Progress toward or completion of CPCU, AU CIC, INS ARM, actuarial exams or similar designations preferred.

Experience: Eight years of experience in underwriting or product preferred. Cross-functional experience from other areas and experience with data analysis preferred.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: Detailed knowledge of core business functions, and commercial lines insurance products and pricing architecture, state regulations, underwriting procedures and standard methodologies. Solid understanding of financials, trend analysis and competitor data. Proficiency in analytical tools, relational databases, data visualization techniques, query-based language and/or statistical software experience preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to present information, communicate and influence internal and external partners at all levels. Skilled in the use of related systems and analytical tools. Ability to drive for results, deal with ambiguity, solve problems, learn on the job, make quality decisions, see trends and patterns within data. Ability to manage projects, opposing priorities, timelines and resources to complete work. Strong organizational agility and political savvy preferred.

Other criteria, including leadership skills, proficiencies and experiences may take precedence.

Staffing exceptions to the above to be approved by the hiring manager's leader and Human Resources Business Partner.

Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values.

Job Conditions:

Overtime Eligibility: Not Eligible (Exempt)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Additional hours as required. Some overnight travel required.

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.


We have an array of benefits to fit your needs, including: medical/dental, paid time off plus nine paid holidays, 401(k) with company match, company-paid pension plan, business casual attire, and more. To learn more about the benefits we offer, click here.

Nationwide is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone feels challenged, appreciated, respected and engaged. Nationwide prohibits discrimination and harassment and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to any characteristic (or classification) protected by applicable law.

For NY residents please review the following state law information: Notice of Employee Rights, Protections, and Obligations LS740 (

Smoke-Free Iowa Statement: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, its affiliates and subsidiaries comply with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas on or around company premises as well as company issued vehicles. The company offers designated smoking areas in which smoking is permitted at each individual location. The Act prohibits retaliation for reporting complaints or violations. For more information on the Iowa Smokefree Air Act, individuals may contact the Smokefree Air Act Helpline at 888-944-2247.
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Nationwide operates in the Insurance industry. The company is located in Scottsdale, AZ and Columbus, OH. Nationwide was founded in 2022. It has 29597 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 81 open jobs at Nationwide, click here.
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