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Auto Claims Appraiser

Date: Oct 28, 2021

Location: Los Angeles, CA, US, 9001

Company: Wawanesa Insurance

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.


We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience and advancement on a growing team.

Job Overview

The Auto Claims Appraiser contributes to Wawanesa’s goal of delivering an exceptional and consistent claims service experience through the inspection and estimation of automobile physical damage and/or property damage claims including market value calculations.  This is a field position with daily travel within the Los Angeles/Hollywood area required.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Inspect, evaluate and write appraisal estimates pertaining to the physical damage of automobile losses using estimating software
  • Communicate with insureds, auto body shops, contractors and adjusters as required to ensure accurate and complete estimates 
  • Negotiate automobile total losses
  • Estimate the value of automobile salvage 
  • Establish and maintain business relationship with independent repair contractors/vendor
  • Assist adjusting personnel when necessary by providing expert advice on auto or property damage losses
  • Assist in resolving issues that arise in regards to estimates
  • Manage timely and efficient inspection appointments at various locations
  • Perform re-inspections as assigned
  • Maintain accurate records based on company standards and policies within the claims system
  • Supplement the National Catastrophe Team as required for Corporate Catastrophe Response in any region
  • Remain up-to-date with legislative changes, trends in the insurance industry, estimating practices and developments in vehicle or property repair procedures and materials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • 3+ years auto appraising experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of automobile repair procedures
  • Strong knowledge and ability to use Mitchell Estimating Software
  • Physically able to climb R.V roofs and drive long distances
  • Effective communication skills both oral and written
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, changing environment
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Position requires the ability to lift up to 15 lbs. on a daily basis
  • Position requires medium mobility at appraisal locations to include frequent bending and crouching to ground level, inside tight spaces, climbing ladders and periods of upward viewing and stretching to perform comprehensive estimates with photographs
  • A valid driver license is required, along with maintaining a clean driving record.  Position requires frequent extended periods of sitting behind the wheel of a company vehicle

 

 

Wawanesa General Insurance Company is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to a diverse workforce. Wawanesa provides equal employment opportunity to all employees without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, religion, creed, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected status. If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation to assist in the application process.  You may request reasonable accommodations by calling the Human Resources department at 858-874-5404 or emailing Human Resources at SD_human_resources@wawanesa.com.
 

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.