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The Hartford

Construction Defect Claims Specialist

Hartford, CT / Remote

Specialist Claims - CH07DE

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The Claim Specialist is the highest claim handling designation within the Complex Claims Unit - Construction (CCU-CD) and is a visible and important role. CCU is a highly specialized claim organization responsible for the management of construction defect and construction related claims involving bodily injury and property damage. Claims in CCU are often associated with complex fact patterns requiring contract analysis, and coverage issues that may involve multiple years and types of insurance coverage. CCU claims also commonly involve litigation, require subject matter expertise to manage, and can involve higher exposures.

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The Claim Specialist must demonstrate the ability to independently and timely manage all aspects of the most complex, high-value claims exhibiting a detailed knowledge of each claim, a well-reasoned analytical focus, and a clear strategy for resolution. The Claim Specialist must also be willing to share their expertise and contribute to broader claim goals by participating in audits, projects and training initiatives. Other responsibilities include:

• Provide proactive communications to customers and business partners in the management and resolution of claims
• Respond to inquiries from customers and provide superior customer service
• Review and analyze multiple complex policies and coverage parts (including general liability, contractors professional liability and wrap-up policies)
• Write and articulate clear, concise and accurate coverage positions
• Conduct investigations regarding claims and/or lawsuits
• Effectively manage litigation and counsel, inclusive of litigation planning, budgeting, and proactively positioning claims for resolution
• Develop complex coverage, liability and damage assessments and persuasively articulate them to leadership
• Provide detailed impactful recommendations to leadership
• Pursue and finalize coverage and liability risk transfer against other liable parties and insurance carriers
• Conduct complex negotiations and articulate coverage/liability positions
• Attend mediations and trials as necessary
• Proactively manage accurate expense, reserve and financial transactions
• Consistently maintain up to date claims metrics

• 5+ years construction defect claim handling experience
• Experience handling complex construction defect coverage and liability issues on general liability and WRAP policies for general contractor, developer, owner, and construction manager claims
• Experience in handling affirmative/defensive risk transfer, including tendering and responding to additional insured and contractual indemnity tenders
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent analytical and critical thinking ability
• Ability to present in a roundtable setting with a well-reasoned and analytical evaluation
• Experience in the creation and delivery of presentations
• Superior customer service skills and active listening skills
• Proven track record of prioritizing and managing multiple responsibilities simultaneously
• Proven track record of effective negotiations/settlement of high-value construction defect liability claims
• Demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills
• Proficiency with MS Office, especially Word and Excel
• Active Property & Casualty State Insurance Adjuster license

• 10+ years construction defect claim handling experience
• Bachelor's degree preferred. J.D. or CRIS designation a plus
• Experience in handling contractor professional and protective indemnity policies
• Knowledge of surety, bond and builders risk policies
• Active Property & Casualty State Insurance Adjuster license

This role can have a Hybrid or Remote work arrangement. Candidates who live near one of the Hartford home office locations will have the expectation of working in an office 3 days a week (Tuesday through Thursday). Candidates who do not live near an office will have a remote work arrangement, with the expectation of coming into an office as business needs arise.

As a condition of your employment, you must obtain and maintain a State Adjuster's License to process Property & Casualty Insurance Claims in the states supported by your office. Continued employment with The Hartford is contingent upon the successful passage of the Licensing exam(s) within 30 business days from the completion of the licensing training.

For full-time, occasional, part-time, or remote positions: (1) high speed broadband internet service is required, we do not recommend or support DSL, wireless, Wi-Fi, Hotspots, Fiber without a modem and Satellite; (2) Internet provider supplied modem/router/gateway is hardwired to the Hartford issued computer with an ethernet cable; and (3) minimum upload/download speeds of 5Mbps/30Mbps will be required. To confirm whether your Internet system has sufficient speeds, please visit from your personal computer.


The listed annualized base pay range is primarily based on analysis of similar positions in the external market. Actual base pay could vary and may be above or below the listed range based on factors including but not limited to performance, proficiency and demonstration of competencies required for the role. The base pay is just one component of The Hartford's total compensation package for employees. Other rewards may include short-term or annual bonuses, long-term incentives, and on-the-spot recognition. The annualized base pay range for this role is:

$101,200 - $151,800

Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity or Expression/Religion/Age

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Client-provided location(s): Hartford, CT, USA
Job ID: hartford-R2416466
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Health Reimbursement Account
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA With Employer Contribution
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • On-Site Gym
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Virtual Fitness Classes
    • Fitness Subsidies
  • Parental Benefits

    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • Adoption Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Flexible Work Hours
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Company Outings
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Volunteer Time Off
    • Personal/Sick Days
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
    • Financial Counseling
    • Profit Sharing
  • Professional Development

    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Shadowing Opportunities
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Learning and Development Stipend
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program