Commercial Underwriter

Commercial Underwriter - Our client, an insurance carrier in downtown Portland, is looking for a Commercial Underwriters to work on a Direct Hire basis. This role is responsible for individual risk evaluation, selection, terms, conditions and pricing to achieve the company’s profit objective. The Commercial Underwriter works with producers and company staff to enhance productive and profitable relationships. For consideration, please apply online or email resume to

Job Description

Commercial Underwriter - Commercial P&C, Inland Marine, and/or Surplus & Excess


Responsible for individual risk evaluation, selection, terms, conditions and pricing to achieve the company’s profit objective. Work with producers and company staff to enhance productive and profitable relationships.

Essential Functions / Major Responsibilities:

  • Analyze and select or reject risks within Authority Grant 
  • Price exposures based upon rating and underwriting techniques within Authority Grant 
  • Perform data entry of new submissions to generate quote or declination 
  • Request, review and sign off on Loss Control Surveys and apply recommendations as appropriate
  • Review available forms to implement coverage terms appropriate to the individual risk 
  • Communicate terms and conditions of coverage to customer 
  • Analyze, identify and negotiate appropriate solutions to handle customer issues 
  • Proof policies for accuracy 
  • Follow up on General Liability Audits 
  • Review activity on in-force accounts, evaluate exposures and take appropriate action within established timelines 
  • Evaluate reinsurance requirements and implement appropriate action within established timelines. 
  • Make recommendations to management about products and pricing practices when needed to further the company's stated objectives 
  • Periodically participate in reviews of agency appointments and terminations in conjunction with the marketing department 
  • Build and foster successful relationships with agents/brokers 
  • Learn and demonstrate proficient use of company proprietary system, imaging system and specific tools used to analyze and underwrite risks 
  • Actively continue to improve personal knowledge and practices of the insurance industry through work experience, in-house instruction, industry courses and workshops

Specific Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of rating plans, rules, filings, policy forms, coverage options and good risk analysis techniques
  • Effective negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Organized and able to work independently within defined authority, manage workflow, utilize good judgment, meet deadlines, take initiative to address identified needs and make independent decisions
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to work as a team player
  • Good listening skills

Minimum Education and/or Experience required:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1 year underwriting experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities
  •  An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the applicable line of insurance
  • Professional insurance designation desirable, or on a clear path to completing a designation

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $56k - $92k annually, depending on experience

• Medical
• Dental
• Sick Time, Vacation Time, and Holidays

• Retirement - 401(k) plus employer matching 
• Transportation assistance

About Activate Staffing LLC

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Activate Staffing is a premier staffing firm specializing in the Insurance Industry. Our staff is comprised of the best Insurance and Staffing professionals in the industry to fill the staffing needs of Insurance Companies, TPAs, Self-Insured Entities, and Retail and Wholesale Agencies and Brokerages. We have the breadth of knowledge and the skills needed to successfully match top-notch talent with highly rated companies. Give us a call, and Expect the Best!

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  • Location

    Portland, OR

  • Order Type

    Direct Hire

  • Contact Phone

    (855) 228-7823 x103

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