Senior Underwriting Advisor – Technical Specialist, Corporate Underwriting

Job Code: 8567
Location: Waterloo, ON
Department: Personal Insurance
# of openings: 1
Job Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 26/04/19


Reporting to the Manager – Corporate Underwriting, the successful candidate will provide subject matter expertise on business and underwriting related matters .  He/she also assists in the overall development and support of Analysts/Senior Analysts on the Product team, including conducting Technical Specialist peer reviews.


Because a changing industry calls for a new way of doing things. An ambitious, innovative and fast-paced company, we offer exceptional training and development programs, competitive pay, great benefits, company-matched RRSPs, and paid volunteer days — all within an engaging, fun, and collaborative work environment.

Founded more than 145 years ago, Economical is one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurance companies. We rely on our national network of more than 800 independent brokers to sell a range of car, home, business, and farm insurance solutions. With Sonnet and Petline, we’re extending our reach through the direct-to-customer channel. With more than 2,400 active employees across the country and a commitment to rethinking the insurance experience, we’re poised for great things.

We’re now adding to our high-performance team to take us into the future. Let’s rethink insurance, together.

In this role, you will:

  • support and direct key product and pricing initiatives for the Product, Pricing and Underwriting (PPU) team

Your Responsibilities

  • Research, analyze and present recommendations to PPU leadership on emerging product and underwriting trends/opportunities/threats
  • Plan projects to improve strategic departmental operational efficiencies (including derivative staff training and development inter-dependencies)
  • Leverage professional experience with product-related software (i.e. GW product designer, Feedzai, Hubio Regul8) to provide specialist-level technical support to analysts/senior analysts on Product team to solve larger, systemic defects impacting both Economical and Sonnet platforms, or to lead technical implementation of planned PPU projects approved by PPU leadership
  • Monitor regulatory and political environments, advising PPU leadership of key trends that could impact product and pricing reform, including participating as an assigned Economical delegate in industry-level IBC/CISO/GAA/FA regulatory committees
  • Perform complex analyses using MS Excel, Access, Cognos/Pentaho on behalf of either product or portfolio monitoring teams to support operational reporting team needs
  • Provide subject matter expertise to IT / TS on business and underwriting related topics (SME / ABO assignment on technical projects)

Your Skills and Experience

  • University degree or 2-year college diploma, plus industry-related certification (CIP/FCIP/CRM or equivalent)
  • 7-10 years of related industry experience; prior leadership experience preferred
  • Strong project management, documentation and problem-solving skills with preference given to those with technical certifications in project management and/or product-related software (GW/Hubio/Microsoft Office)
  • Excellent communication skills (written/oral) required
  • Proficiency in presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint) and public speaking experience preferred
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, documentation and incident triage software (JIRA/Confluence/Service Now)
  • Working knowledge of Guidewire, Feedzai, Regula8
  • Proficiency in data tools such as Cognos/Pentaho (for extraction and creation of data related exhibits such as pivot tables/cross tab outputs and scans)

At Economical, we all work together to come up with big ideas — then bring them to life. We focus on our customers first, we bring our best, and we’re stronger together. If you’ve got the passion and the desire to help us reinvent insurance, let’s talk.


To complete the online application process, you’ll need to upload your resume before you apply for the role you’re interested in. Please note that only one document can be uploaded, so be sure to combine your resume and cover letter.

We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment that welcomes diversity and supports accessibility across the organization. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting:

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Economical Insurance includes the following companies: Economical Mutual Insurance Company, The Missisquoi Insurance Company, Perth Insurance Company, Waterloo Insurance Company, Family Insurance Solutions Inc., Sonnet Insurance Company, Petline Insurance Company.

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