Commercial Lines Underwriter / Sarasota FL

Company Description

Centauri Specialty Insurance is a growing property and casualty insurance carrier with a ton of positive energy regarding the future of our organization. Our current staff of 40 tenacious professionals work together to solve problems to create effective products that meet the needs of our policyholders. Centauri was recently named a ‘Best Company to Work’ for in Florida’ by Florida Trend Magazine and one of the “Best Companies to Work For” in Sarasota County. This position is in our new state-of-the-art building in Sarasota, Florida. 


Job Description:

This senior level underwriting position assists the Executive Staff in setting the underwriting direction of the company. This position is responsible for the acquisition and retention of profitable commercial property habitational risks (condo, apartment, HOA) by evaluating the acceptability utilizing underwriting guidelines and company best practices. This position is required to demonstrate complex decision-making with broad limits of authority to recommend pricing and risk exceptions where appropriate to maximize and meet business plans.

Your Duties and Responsibilities include the following and other duties may be assigned.
  • Support a profitable book of business by accepting or rejecting new, renewal, and endorsement applications in accordance with company guidelines.
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of class of business and line of business trends, emerging market needs, issues and competition.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with agents to understand their needs and provide service that responds to their needs.
  • Contribute to business requirements, user acceptance testing, and special projects.
  • Price risks and place facultative reinsurance.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners, including marketing, product, risk management, executive staff, vendors, reinsurers, and agents.
  • Cross-train with BOP underwriting staff to assist during times of overflow.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have analytical, decision-making and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to exchange ideas and convey complex information clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Travel: must have the ability to travel 20%.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 7+ years of experience in commercial property lines underwriting – CRP underwriting experience a plus.
  • Professional designation (CPCU, AU, ARM) preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent proficiency in MS Office Suite, specifically Excel, Word, and Outlook. Knowledge of other Microsoft programs a plus.
  • Must have strong planning, analytical, decision-making and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to exchange ideas and convey complex information clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop partnerships and collaborate with other business and functional areas.
  • Solid understanding of business to improve business outcomes.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands are classified as Light. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands; and talk or hear.
  • The employee is required to stand; walk safely over uneven terrain or in confined spaced; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Must have the ability to handle stressful deadlines.
  • Must have sufficient vision to navigate required computer programs.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

What We Offer You:

  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Generous health insurance package
    • Benefit-rich health coverage
    • 100% company paid dental, vision, disability and life coverage
  • 401(k) with employer matching
  • Paid time off 
    • 11 holidays
    • 12 days of sick
    • 18 days of vacation
    • 8 hours of volunteerism
  • Corporate events
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Business casual dress code


Centauri is in beautiful Sarasota, on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Sarasota offers a variety of outdoor activities like fishing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, biking, golfing and running throughout the year. Cultural amenities with museums and art galleries and a collection of unique restaurants provide experiences to interest everyone. Sarasota offers a strong economy with great schools, a variety of churches and family friendly parks and community activities. Florida has NO State Income Tax!

Please note: Completion of a satisfactory criminal record check, education verification and reference checks are required prior to employment.


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