You will be challenged. Rewarded. And valued for your unique experience, background and perspective.
Join a team where hard work pays off and original thinking is celebrated. As you build your future at Westfield, you will quickly learn that protecting our customer’s future is at the heart of what we do. We deliver on our promise to help restore lives and rebuild businesses when the unexpected happens. Building relationships has been part of our culture since 1848.
Be a part of a team that recognizes and appreciates those who take initiative, seek opportunity, and strive for innovation in a changing world.
Graduate Development Program – Surety Financial Underwriting/Marketing Job Summary
Location: Knoxville, TN Service Office
Starting Salary: $48,500
Are you looking to put your financial analysis skills to work? We are looking for outgoing candidates interested in using their strong financial and communication skills to start their career path in Surety.
When it’s time to start, advance, or change your career, proper guidance and direction are essential. At Westfield Insurance, we invest heavily in preparing you for a career within the insurance industry.
The Graduate Development Program (GDP) prepares recent college graduates, experienced professionals looking for a change of industry, and Military Veterans for an exciting career at Westfield. The GDP combines a variety of learning techniques, including:
Classroom-based training on insurance-related topics, critical thinking, marketing, collaboration, and customer service.
Observation and practice elements are included to increase exposure to the business unit and to complete assigned research topics.
Self-study eLearning to support project work and individual development.
Team-building activities with peers.
Networking with leaders across the organization.
Coaching and mentoring throughout the program from experienced employees.
As a Surety team member, you will work closely with both mentors and peers as you complete our Contract Surety Training program. The program will help you build a foundation for selecting risks that have profit potential as well as developing and maintaining relationships with our independent agency partners who provide us opportunities to write business. The underwriting process requires evaluating businesses by reviewing industry, business, and governmental data, then deciding whether to accept or decline the risk. A large part of that decision involves meeting with a business’s management team to gauge the organization’s business plans and capabilities as well as understanding and interpreting financial trends and forecasted results. Successful completion of the training program prepares you to begin your career path toward a Surety Underwriter role in one of our service offices located around the United States. Recent or upcoming (December of ’19 or May of ’20) college graduates as well as those with up to 2-3 years of post college work experience are encouraged to apply for our 2020 GDP opening.
It is preferred, but not required, that the selected candidate go through the Graduate Development Program at our Home Office in Westfield Center, OH. Additional discussion of the GDP would be reviewed as you get later into your interview process.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Knowledge of finance, accounting, economics and/or marketing obtained through college coursework or work experience.
Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
Business-related degree with a strong aptitude in accounting and/or financial analysis.
Relevant internship experience.
Engagement in activities that demonstrate leadership potential.
Ability to operate various types of computer equipment and software programs.
Ability to communicate via the telephone.
Ability to travel, as required, potentially both inter and intra state.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Ability to relocate if deemed necessary by the business unit.
Westfield offers a Total Rewards program that focuses on compensation, benefits and wellness, and includes perks like 401(k), pension plan, annual incentive, education reimbursement, flex-time, onsite fitness center/reimbursement and casual dress. Work-life balance, recognition, and learning and career development are all part of a rewarding career with Westfield.
To learn more about Westfield and the opportunities available, please visit us at westfieldinsurance.com.
To learn more about Surety, please visit the Surety Information Office at http://sio.org/.
We are an equal opportunity employer/minority/female/disability/protected veteran.
Westfield will be admired as a leading personal and commercial lines property-casualty insurance company enabled by an exceptional team known for expertise and caring. We will be distinguished by excellence in commercial insurance, and customers will choose us for our insight about risk and the value we deliver.
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