Vancouver, BC, CA


Property Team Leader, Western Region (Vice President) 

About Swiss Re

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions provides risk transfer solutions to large and mid-sized corporations around the world. Its innovative, highly customized products and standard insurance covers help to make businesses more resilient, while its industry-leading claims service provides additional peace of mind. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions serves clients from over 50 offices worldwide and is backed by the financial strength of the Swiss Re Group.


About the Role


We are looking for a strong underwriter to lead the Western Region General Property team to steer the existing portfolio and enable sustainable growth. You will be leading and mentoring a team of 3 Underwriters supporting the General Property business in Canada whilst leading Swiss Re Corporate Solutions endeavors within the Western Region. This will involve coordinating sales and business development activities with our Head of Sales, Canada and Business Development Manager within the region. Reporting to and working closely with the Head Property & Energy Canada, you will support the achievement of business goals and talent development in the Region.


The position offers you the opportunity to develop team work and team spirit, motivate and inspire team members, support and develop talent. We would like you to maintain a keen awareness of productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.


In addition to the leadership role, you will provide property underwriting expertise to our internal and external clients, ensure compliance standards and underwriting rigor in line with existing underwriting guidelines. Underwriting expectations entail developing renewal strategies and interacting with clients and brokers to find mutually acceptable solutions on both domestic and international business. The objective will be to support the team in achieving high quality underwriting and profitability. You will also be leading new launches, international initiatives and go to market approach strategies to ensure client commitments are met.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Underwriting: Lead the underwriting of individual accounts in the Western regional portfolio implementing and executing on Domestic and International business. It will be critical to ensure that all underwriting standards are met and team coaching is provided on all underwriting matters.


  • Leadership: Your strong people management skills will help you lead the team. You will attract, develop and retain Property Underwriter talent to meet current business needs and prepare for future initiatives. There will be a strong emphasis on interacting with senior management and multiple stakeholders across the business. As part of our Client Commitment, your focus will be on Client service and delivery.


  • Business Origination: Working closely with sales, claims, and other lines of businesses, you will lead Swiss Re Corporate Solutions market presence in the Western Region with a high level of external visibility representing at General Property and other lines of business at regional insurance industry and broker events.


  • Compliance: Ensuring compliance with all of Swiss Re business guidelines, you will demonstrate the Swiss Re Corporate Solutions values and Key Behaviors whilst ensuring that relevant (Client, Group, Divisional, etc.) deadlines are met.


We will assess your achievements via profitability measures achieved, delivery of top and bottom line targets (retention and new business), new client acquisition, and cross-sell delivery.

About You

Educational background:

  • University degree or equivalent with a strong business component preferred

Professional Experience:

  • Sound expertise in Property underwriting and knowledge of the market including International business capability
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal plus facilitation skills
  • Proficient in using underwriting tools, IT applications and guidelines
  • Business sense, service and entrepreneurial mindset with a focus on execution; “can do” solution mentality and pragmatic
  • Willingness to cope with workload peaks

Leadership skills:

  • Client-centric, forward, proactive style anticipating customer future needs
  • A strong teammate, including ability to work well with teams and groups in multiple offices across organizational boundaries
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of professionalism and credibility

Technical skills:

  • 10 years Property underwriting experience, including international business
  • Deep understanding of Canadian insurance market

Language skills:

  • Fluency in English, French would be an asset.

About the Team


You will managing a team of experienced underwriters supporting the General Property business in Canada specifically focusing on Western Canada. Reporting into the Head Property & Energy Canada, your peers will include a Central/Eastern Leader and an Energy Property Leader.


Swiss Re is an equal opportunity employer. It is our practice to recruit, hire and promote without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, pregnancy, sexual orientations, marital status, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Decisions on employment are solely based on an individual's qualifications for the position being filled.

During the recruitment process, reasonable accommodations for disabilities are available upon request. If contacted for an interview, please inform the Recruiter/HR Professional of the accommodation needed.


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