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6 months ago
Basic Salary: dependent on experience
Location: Ipswich
Job type: Permanent
Category: Sales Manager Jobs

About the role

We have an opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced Underwriting Manager to lead and manage the operational underwriting function, ing underwriting and pricing strategy, to build technical excellence and deliver profit and income targets.

AXA Commercial Lines Intermediary (CLI) is targeted to deliver annual income targets of around £1.2bn GWP for AXA Insurance with a drive to focus on profitable business. The Commercial network is responsible for sales, servicing and trading for all our customers in Intermediary.

You will work as part of the SME management team for AXA Commercial to underwrite AXA held SME commercial risks, in a highly competitive market.

What you will be doing

* Building a transformational underwriting experience centre for CLI, Connect, Schemes and the branch network, delivering seamless broker service and profit performance of the SME portfolio
* Delivering planned underwriting result through underwriting account management (revenue & product), financial planning, account monitoring and analysis of underwriting trends
* You will be responsible for underwriting governance and control for the SME portfolio
* Demonstrating loss ratio control by effectively implementing and monitoring of underwriting controls
* Implementing & influencing underwriting philosophy & strategy through relationship with the Technical Centre to achieve financial objectives
* Building a reputation as an SME underwriting expert, supporting the business in the development of this portfolio
* Setting up & monitoring underwriting standards ensuring effective management and deployment of empowerment
* Leading underwriting relationships with key customers to deliver profitable growth
* Building relationships with management teams and the branch network. Actioning cases in line with knowledge of wider broker action plans
* Acting as a technical referral point and decision maker on all technical & trading issues to deliver technical excellence
* Leading, managing and inspiring the senior underwriting team through effective performance management to continuously develop the technical capabilities of the branch
* Leading and managing the Operations Manager to ensure operational excellence through robust operational stability and customer service
* Creating an open and honest culture which drives engagement, development and supports the Branch and CLI strategy to meet key objectives
* Building relationships with Underwriting Managers and management teams across the CLI network. Actioning cases in line with knowledge of wider broker action plans


What you will need


* ACII qualification
* Degree level or
other equivalent qualification preferred

Skills & Experience

* Proven experience
of SME portfolio management
* Proven experience
and ability to lead & motivate underwriting teams
* Previous experience of working at a senior level
within a commercial insurance environment; sound understanding of insurance
market and processes essential
* Excellent
relationship management skills and experience of building successful long term
relationships both internal and external
* Ability to create
and maintain an open and honest culture which drives engagement, development and
opportunity for all employees
* People and
resource management skills, with proven experience and ability in leading and
motivating teams.
* Excellent written
and verbal communication skills
* You will be a pragmatic
decision maker with good analytical and numerical reasoning skills
* Experience with
matrix management environment
* Extensive
knowledge of the AXA Commercial product range
* Strong long &
short term planning & analytical skills with proven experience of both
operational & strategic planning in previous roles
* Proven experience
in decision making on a wide range of technical underwriting scenarios within a
Commercial environment
* Strong level of
technical underwriting expertise in a commercial insurance environment
* To understand
profitability of the business within the intermediary channel

About AXA

With a presence in over 60 countries, and 165,000 employees serving the needs of 107 million customers, AXA is big.

But never too big to care for every single person who works here. So when you join us, we promise to put our collective might behind you and your career.

You’ll work in an open and supportive environment where you’ll be developed, challenged and encouraged to move around to achieve even bigger and better things – nationally and internationally. You’ll learn directly from senior leaders, from the best in our business. And you’ll enjoy real responsibility, really early on.

Proud to be part of the AXA Group, the number one global insurance
brand and a worldwide leader in financial services, AXA Insurance businesses
employ over 5,500 in a network of offices across the UK. Our expert teams care
for a huge range of customers, helping them protect their cars, homes and
businesses against life’s uncertainties. Whether bought directly, through
brokers or through a number of corporate partners, our market-leading products
are trusted by millions..

What We Offer

What we offer

As you’d expect from a global leader, our
reward package is competitive & varied – here’s a small selection of our
current benefits:

* Annual bonus Scheme
* Pension scheme with employer contributions as well as your own
* 28 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays
* Free life assurance (10 x basic salary)
* Company car or cash allowance
* Private medical insurance
* Flexible benefit options, including pension and life cover
flexing, holiday purchase, benefit car, childcare vouchers, health, dental and
critical illness plans and bikes4work
* Structured personal development with comprehensive training and
talent programmes, including technical skills Academies offering industry
recognised qualifications
* Support with professional studies
* Discount on all AXA Insurance products, including insurance,
breakdown cover & healthcare
* Interest free season ticket loan scheme

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