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Manager, Underwriting - Commercial Lines

Date: Aug 9, 2019

Location: Toronto, ON, CA, M2P-2B7

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 through nine regional offices and 41 service offices 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, advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview

This is an exciting time to be joining Wawanesa and we are looking for an individual who is ready for a challenge and wants the ability to strategically and operationally shape our region’s Commercial Lines Department.


The Underwriting Manager – Commercial Lines is responsible for the managing and supporting the direction of the underwriting department. The role acts as a leader and mentor within the organization to achieve targeted business results with an emphasis on high quality customer service.



Job Responsibilities

  • Manage the performance of the portfolio and workflow to meet targeted benchmarks for both short and long term goals.
  • Evaluate economic and industry environment for potential or current impacts to business and recommend changes working collaboratively with Executive Office.
  • Establish a performance-based culture in accordance to HR Programs
  • Manage leadership team performance through proactive coaching, employee development and performance appraisals.
  • Ensure adherence to policies, procedures and underwriting guidelines.
  • Influence the underwriting culture while supporting the company’s risk appetite
  • Champion the development and implementation of business change.
  • Participate and/or lead in the interview process on the hiring of new employees.
  • Analyze risk and recommend an informed course of action.\
  • Participate and contribute to the development of regional strategies, target benchmarks and business plans.
  • Participate, contribute and manage the annual budget including staff forecasting and develop an appropriate recruitment strategy.
  • Promote and manage talent by participating and contributing to the succession planning process.
  • Foster positive working relationships with internal and external parties, including other regional offices and networking at industry events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 8 years in Commercial P&C and/or Commercial Auto experience, company side is required, exposures to MGAs are an asset
  • Minimum 5 years experience in managing a business function and a team of leaders.
  • Post-secondary education and/or completion of a Property and Casualty Industry Designation
  • Knowledge of Guidewire is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Expert leadership skills with the ability to motivate and engage high performing teams while managing change.
  • Excellent negotiation skills with the ability to present information or arguments in a convincing manner.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to select and implement best solutions.
  • Excellent decision making skills with the ability to provide justification.


Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, goal achievement plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan).  Wawanesa provides a stable and rewarding environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets.

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

Accommodations are available as needed for all applicants.


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