Senior Underwriter - Multi-lines / 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:

The primary role of the Senior Underwriter is to review and analyze personal and commercial lines insurance submissions and applications and renewal business within established underwriting guidelines and procedures for our Business Owners, Homeowner and Dwelling Fire books of business. 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. Under limited supervision, use advanced knowledge and skills to handle complex account work, solve problems, and provide technical support.

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 classes of business and lines 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.
  • Ensure standards for timeliness are met; confirm data integrity for discounts, exposure base, etc.
  • Assist in the training of agents on systems, process, rules, and products.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners, including marketing, product, risk management, executive staff, vendors, and agents.
  • Cross-train with all lines of underwriting business to assist during times of overflow.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education - Bachelor's degree is preferred, or equivalent of education and business experience.
  • Experience - 5+ years of experience in insurance underwriting – personal lines or BOP underwriting.
  • Licenses/Designations - Professional designation (CPCU, AU, ARM), or progress towards one, preferred.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Detail oriented and ability to multi-task while meeting deadlines and achieving expected levels of quality and accuracy.
  • Technical proficiency in underwriting/rating systems.
  • Advanced knowledge of underwriting concepts, practices, and procedures, as well as knowledge of personal insurance lines of business including product features, forms, regulatory environments, and risks.
  • Analytical and quantitative skills. Ability to exercise judgement, negotiate, and make sound decisions effectively.
  • Demonstrate technical expertise and product specific knowledge with experience in handling homeowner’s coverage.
  • Ability to collaborate with other business and functional areas.
  • Excellent proficiency in MS Office Suite, specifically Excel, Word, and Outlook. Knowledge of other Microsoft programs a plus.
  • Strong process orientation, excellent interpersonal skills, and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to be creative and adaptable in a changing business environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to complete complex underwriting assignments.
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • High-level of motivation.
  • Ability to prioritize important pressing tasks.
  • Ability to act with Integrity.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands are classified as Light.
  • 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.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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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