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Technical Specialist, Construction Defect

Company: Travelers
Location: Alpharetta
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Job Description:

Company Information

Solid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.

Job Summary

Under general supervision, the position is responsible for investigating, evaluating, reserving, negotiating and resolving assigned construction defect claims. Provides quality claim handling throughout the claim life cycle (customer contacts, coverage, investigation, evaluation, reserving, litigation management, negotiation and resolution) including maintaining full compliance with internal and external quality standards and state specific regulations. Provides consulting and training resources, and serves as a contact and technical resource to the field and our business partners. This job does not manage staff.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities

Directly handles assigned claims. Provides quality customer service and ensures file quality and timely coverage analysis and communication with insured based on application of policy information to facts or allegations of each case. Consults with Manager on use of Claim Coverage Counsel as needed. Directly investigate each claim through prompt and strategically-appropriate contact with appropriate parties such as policyholders, accounts, claimants, law enforcement agencies, witnesses, agents, and technical experts to determine the extent of liability, damages, and contribution potential. Interview witnesses and stakeholders; take necessary statements, as strategically appropriate. Completes outside investigation as needed per case specifics. Actively engages in the identification, selection and direction of appropriate internal and/or external resources for specific activities required to effectively evaluate claims, such as Subrogation, Risk Control, and fire or fraud investigators, and other experts. Verifies the nature and extent of property damage by obtaining and reviewing appropriate records and damages documentation. Maintains claim files and documents claim file activities in accordance with established procedures. Utilizes evaluation documentation tools in accordance with department guidelines. Proactively creates Claim File Analysis (CFA) by adhering to quality standards. Utilizes diary management system to ensure that all claims are handled timely. At required time intervals, evaluate liability and damages exposure. Establishes and maintains proper indemnity and expense reserves. Recommends appropriate cases for discussion at roundtable. Attends and/or presents at roundtables/ authority discussions for collaboration of technical expertise resulting in improved payout on indemnity and expense. Actively and enthusiastically shares experience and knowledge of creative resolution techniques to improve the claim results of others. Develops and employs creative resolution strategies. Prompt and proper disposition of all claims within delegated authority. Negotiates disposition of claims with insureds and claimants or their legal representatives. Recognizes and implements alternate means of resolution. Manages litigated claims. Develops litigation plan with staff or panel counsel, including discovery and legal expenses, to assure effective resolution and to satisfy customers. Applies litigation management through the selection of counsel, evaluation and direction of claim and litigation strategy. Tracks and controls legal expenses to assure cost-effective resolution. Effectively and efficiently manage both allocated and unallocated loss adjustment expenses. Attends depositions, mediations, arbitrations, pre-trials, trials and all other legal proceedings, as needed. Updates appropriate parties as needed, providing new facts as they become available, and their impact upon the liability analysis and settlement options. Recognizes cases, based on severity/complexity protocols that should be transferred to another level of claim professional and refers on a timely basis. Appropriately deals with information that is considered personal and confidential. Fulfills specific service commitments made to certain accounts, as outlined in Special Account Communication (SAC) instructions and inquiries from agents and brokers. Represents the company as a technical resource; attends legal proceedings as needed, acts within established professional guidelines as well as applicable state laws. Actively provides mentoring and coaching to less experienced claim professionals to increase the technical expertise and improve bench strength. Shares accountability with business partners to achieve and sustain quality results. Evaluates all claims for recovery potential; directly handles recovery efforts and/or engage and directs Company resources for recovery efforts. Other duties as assigned. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or GED required with a minimum of 2 years liability claim handling experience. In order to perform the essential job functions of this job, acquisition and maintenance of Insurance License(s) are required to comply with state and Travelers requirements. Generally, License(s) are required to be obtained within three months of starting the job.

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge

Bachelor's Degree preferred. 5 years business experience preferred. Advanced level knowledge and skill in claim and litigation. Basic working level knowledge and skill in various business line products. Strong negotiation and customer service skills. Skilled in coverage, liability and damages analysis and has a thorough understanding of the litigation process, relevant case and statutory law and expert litigation management skills. Extensive claim and/or legal experience and technical expertise to evaluate severe and complex claims. Able to make independent decisions on most assigned cases without involvement of supervisor. Openness to the ideas and expertise of others actively solicits input and shares ideas. Thorough understanding of commercial lines products, policy language, exclusions, ISO forms, and effective claims handling practices. Demonstrated coaching, influence and persuasion skills. Advanced written and verbal communication skills are required so as to understand, synthesize, interpret and convey, in a simplified manner, complex data and information to audiences with varying levels of expertise. Can adapt to and support cultural change. Strong technology aptitude; ability to use business technology tools to effectively research, track, and communicate information.

Job Specific & Technical Skills & Competencies

Analytical Thinking - Intermediate Judgment/Decision Making - Intermediate Communication - Intermediate Negotiation - Intermediate Insurance Contract Knowledge - Intermediate Principles of Investigation - Intermediate Value Determination - Intermediate Settlement Techniques - Intermediate Legal Knowledge - Intermediate Medical Knowledge - Intermediate

Physical Requirements

Operates standard office equipment - Continuously Sitting (can stand at will) - Continuously Standing - Frequently Use of Keyboards, Sporadic 10-Key - Continuously Other (List additional requirements as necessary)Incumbents who fill this position will be subject to periodic post-hire criminal background checks while employed in this position. As a condition of acceptance for the position, selected candidates for this position will be required to electronically accept the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Disclosure Statement and Authorization included in the online employment application. You may also be subsequently asked to accept similar FCRA authorizations periodically throughout your employment with the Company.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.

Keywords: Travelers, Alpharetta , Technical Specialist, Construction Defect, Professions , Alpharetta, Georgia

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