Position Description

Associate Vice President, Commercial Solutions
Location(s) QC - Montreal
Employment Category Permanent Full-Time
Close Date 15/10/19
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Position Overview

Number of Positions: 1

Language: Bilingualism in English and French is required.

Additional Information:

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cooperators General Insurance company, Sovereign Insurance believes your experience matters. This is our promise to not only our clients but to our employees as well, because we know the strength of our company starts with our people.  The smart, curious and collaborative people who bring their whole heart and passion to work each day. But you can’t pour from an empty cup; we take care of the well-being of our people so that they are inspired to protect Canadian businesses and the lives, families and communities we impact. Join us and begin shaping your experience at Sovereign.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our senior leadership team in the role of Associate Vice President, Commercial Solutions.  The successful candidate will develop and lead a high-performance team and provide proactive strategic leadership for the development and growth of Sovereign’s commercial insurance risk solutions and services.  Having a strong understanding of the intricate relationships between business strategies, tactics, budgets and deliverables will give this person the confidence to recommend changes, enabling the organization to meet the financial objectives.  Having an acute perception of the dimensions of the business, you think strategically and take appropriate action.  With thoughtful analysis, clear logic and a close attention to detail you, are cognizant of the challenges to secure the company with a competitive position in the market and its broker partners.


What you’re responsible for:

  • Inspiring and motivating your leadership team to define and execute strategic objectives through effective coaching and mentoring, identifying and developing leadership talent, and fostering an innovative, collaborative, diverse, and agile culture.

  • Developing business plans and related budgets, while managing, monitoring and analyzing results.Identify trends and take appropriate action to ensure plans are achieved.

  • Managing and delivering broker focused products and services including direct training of regional staff to ensure a full understanding of company products and services, communicating and managing the achievement of company service and quality standards and directing the regional underwritingto produce a loss ratio equal to or better than objectives.

  • Appointing and cancelling brokers as required to achieve volume objectives while maintaining a profitable book of business.Auditing and reviewing of programs and broker authority and develop new programs as needed.Building positive relationships within the insurance industry to promote Sovereign General with Brokers, potential Brokers and industry groups.

  • Understanding regulatory risk in order to influence and maintain compliant business processes and controls in the day to day operations as well as setting the tone, leading by example and fostering ongoing communication and promotion of the compliance culture.


What to expect:

  • Detail oriented work that requires a high degree of mental concentration for extended periods of time. 

  • You will travel frequently.

  • You will be subject to a Criminal Record and Consumer History background check as a condition of employment, in the event you are the successful candidate.


To be successful:

  • You thrive on leading initiatives to support the delivery of our exceptional client experience; and motivate others to embrace accountability to achieve results.

  • You ensure you and your team’s day to day actions are in harmony with the company’s purpose, vision, and values even when challenged.

  • You will lead implementation of large or routine change initiatives and actively promote a culture that encourages the exploration of new opportunities or innovations.

  • You value and encourage others to have cooperative and collaborative dialogue because diverse perspectives offer more creative and productive solutions.


To join our team:

  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive industry experience in underwriting and marketing.

  • A minimum of 7 years, and a proven track record, as a successful leader in the general insurance business, with an emphasis on commercial lines, within the broker distribution system.

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, is preferred.

  • CIP designation preferred.


What we offer:

  • The opportunity to take on challenging work and contribute your expertise, creativity, and passion in meaningful ways.

  • A comprehensive total rewards package, including competitive salary, bonus, paid time off, pension and benefits.

  • A holistic approach to your well-being, with physical and mental health programs and flexible work options.

  • The opportunity to work on an inclusive team who inspire each other to explore and achieve what’s possible.

  • An organizational commitment to sustainability and charitable giving; positively impacting the social, environmental and economic well-being of Canadian businesses, families and communities.

Interested in applying?

Click 'apply now' to submit your current resume and cover letter. Tell us a bit about yourself, your professional experience and how you think you can make a difference at The Co-operators. We look forward to learning more about you and we welcome you to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter. #BETTERCAREER

The Co-operators values a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, and we're committed to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities during the recruitment process. If you are contacted for an interview and require an accommodation, please contact the hiring manager.

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