Surety Bond Manager

    • Chicago, IL

Launchyour Underwriting career at Liberty Mutual Insurance- A Fortune 100 Company!

Liberty Mutual Surety\u2122 has an excellent opportunity for a Bond Manager with our Surety Plus Field underwriting team in ourChicagooffice. In this role, you will be responsible for managing a team servicing the surety needs of customers within an assigned territory for our small to mid- contract book and generating consistent PTOI earnings. This includes preparing the budget and business plans, marketing, underwriting, training, and monitoring regional business portfolio, and coordinating management and administrative functions within the regional territory.You are also accountable for meeting new business target, premium & expense budgets and PTOI target goals as assigned.

Liberty Mutual Surety, a business unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance, is the 2nd largest Surety in the United States and a leading global surety. Conducting business worldwide through fronting relationships and Liberty-owned subsidiaries, we provide bonds in over 60 countries for construction firms, manufacturers and suppliers, and commercial enterprises on an account and transactional basis. We are committed to building mutually profitable relationships by providing smart business solutions, ease of doing business, and consistent, responsive service. Liberty Mutual Surety is dedicated to the communities we serve and highly values a diverse workforce in more than 16 countries.


  • Manage assigned staff and expenses to meet business and career objectives as well as the contract product line development, generating consistent PTOI andgrowth with profit being the primary objective. Prepare the budget and business plans, expense management, reporting, etc. as appropriate, and coordinates and monitors the implementation of the annual business plans of each of the offices or multi-state territory within area of responsibility. Participates in annual & strategic business planning process of Surety.
  • May delegate supervisory responsibilities as appropriate but remains accountable for ultimate management of book. Manage field surety underwriter activities with regards to establishing and executing marketing/ production efforts for assigned territories and assist underwriters with respect to technical underwriting issues, meetings with agents, contractors and others, as necessary.
  • Initiates and monitors visits to producers and clients to promote marketing programs/activities and obtain necessary underwriting data. Develop new business and retain existing accounts. Cultivate business relationships through industry related organizations to enhance the image of the Company and to promote marketing effectiveness.
  • Continually monitors quality of performance of staff by utilization of a variety of tools, including but not limited to personal observation, surveys, underwriting information, financial files & communicating with customers. Identifies problems & implements corrective action.Ultimately responsible for ensuring that new underwriters are trained and/or supported by experienced underwriters with respect to technical underwriting issues, meetings with agents, accounts, etc., and that those enrolled in the Surety Underwriting Development Program complete all aspects of the curriculum. Ensures underwriting staff receives assigned training as appropriate.
  • Manage evaluations and recommendations of credit levels provided to all customers and assist underwriters to properly evaluate and select credit risks while actively participating in major underwriting decisions on all risks. Ensures that risks pursued and that new and existing accounts/principals continue to meet underwriting guidelines and standards for credit worthiness. Manages the portfolio book of business with responsibility for servicing the surety needs of customers. Oversees, as a resource, acquisitions of new business and portfolio management.
  • Manages all marketing and acquisition efforts of staff within territory to secure new business targets/goals. Manages portfolio, profitability, risk mitigation, growth strategies, metrics for specific accounts and overall book of business, and the servicing of the most complex risks associated with the field office.
  • Monitors utilization, compliance, and accuracy of Surety system applications for underwriting, marketing and accounting needs of assigned territory. Monitors claims activities and partners with aligned claims handlers as required.
  • Hiring, training and other performance office managementfunctions including ongoing and annual review, regular 1:1, and coaching activities. Develops individual performance objectives and development plans and insures alignment with business objectives. Appraises and evaluates team and individual performance and makes compensation recommendations.
  • Special projects as assigned.

  • Bachelors Degree typically required. Advanced Degree preferred, andcontinuing Surety education desired
  • Success driven individual with a minimum of 10\u002B years ofprogressive surety underwriting experience expected, with 2 years of proven underwriting management experience of a field location or underwriting territory preferred
  • Proven analytical ability to evaluate and judge underwriting risks within scope of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated expert-level ability to communicate complex analyses and information in understandable written and/or oral directives to other persons in the organization for underwriting or training purposes.
  • Thorough knowledge of suretyunderwriting guidelines with a strong preference of contract surety expertise handling mid-large sized accounts.
  • Must possess following skills, abilities and attributes: strong leadership skills, development of people, strategic thinking, sustained effective portfolio management and profitable growth, communication skills, decision-making skills, results-oriented, industrious, innovative, problem-solving skills, coaching and mentoring skills, and negotiating skills.
  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact successfully with agents, brokers, CPAs, bankers, attorneys, etc. to build and maintain good business relationships required.


We value your hard work, integrity and commitment to positive change. In return for your service, it\u2019s our privilege to offer you benefits and rewards that support your life and well-being. To learn more about our benefit offerings please visit:


At Liberty Mutual, we give motivated, accomplished professionals the opportunity to help us redefine what insurance means; to work for a global leader with a deep sense of humanity and a focus on improving and protecting everyday lives. We create an inspired, collaborative environment, where people can take ownership of their work; push breakthrough ideas; and feel confident that their contributions will be valued and their growth championed.

We\u2019re dedicated to doing the right thing for our employees, because we know that their fulfillment and success leads us to great places. Life. Happiness. Innovation. Impact. Advancement. Whatever their pursuit, talented people find their path at Liberty Mutual.

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