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Underwriting Professional Development Program: Commercial Surety

Exton, Pennsylvania

Who Are We?

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.

Compensation Overview

The annual base salary range provided for this position is a nationwide market range and represents a broad range of salaries for this role across the country. The actual salary for this position will be determined by a number of factors, including the scope, complexity and location of the role; the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; and other conditions of employment. As part of our comprehensive compensation and benefits program, employees are also eligible for performance-based cash incentive awards.

Salary Range

$51,200.00 - $84,500.00

Target Openings

2

What Is the Opportunity?

Works under direct supervision. As a participant in a structured training program which combines formal classroom and on-the-job-training, is actively learning about Bond and Specialty Insurance underwriting philosophy, products and strategies. In addition, Trainees begin to establish relationships and develop entry-level sales skills. As knowledge increases, Trainees are given more responsibility within a line of business and may be given small / renewal accounts to underwrite. Specific responsibilities include: Training / learning in the areas of underwriting, strategy, and sales. Learning to produce and underwrite new and renewal business in a Business Unit including building and maintaining productive relationships with assigned agents/brokers. Learning to interact and collaborate with a team of Business Unit colleagues.

Commercial Surety provides various financial and performance guarantees in a variety of industries including manufacturing, public utilities, technology, healthcare, financial institutions and retail. The underwriting process begins with financial analysis and expands to include interacting with decision makers ranging from the largest multi-national companies to Main Street businesses. Commercial Surety UPDP allows underwriters to launch their careers with the Industry leader.

Travelers offers a hybrid work location model that is designed to support flexibility.

What Will You Do?

Underwriting & Pricing:

  • Learn the Bond and Specialty Insurance business and how to underwrite (Risk Assessment, Financial Analysis, and decision making skills) for Bond and Specialty Insurance and accounts in a Business Unit.
  • Assist in Underwriting and pricing accounts in accordance with business strategies. Formulate and communicate recommendations based on learned underwriting skill.
  • Gain an understanding of key Business Unit strategies and how to execute them.
  • Learn how to perform financial analysis consistent with Business Unit standards.

Underwriting Operations:

  • Learn the workflow, guidelines and processing steps associated with the BU underwriting platform(s).

Sales Management/Marketing:

  • Begin to develop relationships with clients to establish the foundation to interact and effectively deal with account issues.
  • Learn how to develop productive agency/client relationships in support of business objectives through a disciplined sales management approach and training (i.e., planning and follow-up for agent/broker and prospective end customer visits/meetings) in support of business objectives.
  • Learn how to effectively execute sales plan.
  • Develop relationships with Home Office. Attend Hub Business Unit meetings as part of on the job training.
  • Develop strong customer service skills (consistency, quick response, knowledge of products).
  • Learn about the potential uses of analytics and tools to assist in the sales and pricing (if applicable) of accounts.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

What Will Our Ideal Candidate Have?

  • Bachelor degree preferred.
  • Entry level position.

Industry Knowledge:

  • Gain overall understanding of all Bond and Specialty Insurance Business Units and Travelers businesses.

Product Knowledge:

  • Gain an understanding of Bond and Specialty Insurance workflow.
  • Learn and develop Product knowledge.
  • Learn documentation procedures/standards
  • Ability to use all Bond and Specialty Insurance technology tools proficiently.
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for actions and outcomes, performance and results.
  • Identifies current or future problems or opportunities, analyzes, synthesizes and compares information to understand issues, identifies cause/effect relationships and explores alternative solutions to support sound decision making.
  • Remains energized and focused in the face of ambiguity, change or strenuous demands.
  • Demonstrates effective verbal, written and listening communication skills.
  • Provides service excellence to internal or external clients.
  • Exercises sound judgment, makes decisions and commits to a position.
  • Works with and includes people from different backgrounds, experiences, cultures, races, etc. and views those differences as assets to be leveraged to accomplish business goals and objectives.
  • Seeks out, builds, fosters and maintains productive relationships, networks or alliances to meet goals and achieve results.
  • Works together in situations when actions are interdependent and a team is mutually responsible to produce a result
  • Takes ideas different from own seriously; shares responsibility and collaborates with others; accepts criticism well; does not assume a single best way.
  • Has an accurate picture of strengths and weaknesses and is willing to improve.
  • Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.
  • Provides good role model for employees and keeps a positive attitude.
  • Acts in accordance with stated values; follows through on promises; uses ethical considerations to guide decisions and actions.
  • A current/valid drivers license is required.

What is a Must Have?

  • Bachelor degree or one year of relevant business experience required.
  • A current/valid drivers license is required.

What Is in It for You?

  • Health Insurance: Employees and their eligible family members - including spouses, domestic partners, and children - are eligible for coverage from the first day of employment.
  • Retirement: Travelers matches your 401(k) contributions dollar-for-dollar up to your first 5% of eligible pay, subject to an annual maximum. If you have student loan debt, you can enroll in the Paying it Forward Savings Program. When you make a payment toward your student loan, Travelers will make an annual contribution into your 401(k) account. You are also eligible for a Pension Plan that is 100% funded by Travelers.
  • Paid Time Off: Start your career at Travelers with a minimum of 20 days Paid Time Off annually, plus nine paid company Holidays.
  • Wellness Program: The Travelers wellness program is comprised of tools and resources that empower you to achieve your wellness goals. In addition, our Life Balance program provides access to professional counseling services, life coaching and other resources to support your daily life needs. Through Life Balance, you're eligible for five free counseling sessions with a licensed therapist.
  • Volunteer Encouragement: We have a deep commitment to the communities we serve and encourage our employees to get involved. Travelers has a Matching Gift and Volunteer Rewards program that enables you to give back to the charity of your choice.

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 are a candidate and have specific 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.

To learn more about our comprehensive benefit programs please visit http://careers.travelers.com/life-at-travelers/benefits/.


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.