Liability Claims Leader

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  • Position: Liability Claims Leader
  • Location: Manchester/Redhill

Description

Position: Claims Leader
Team: Manchester/Redhill Claims Team         


Who are we?

Verlingue are an established, prominent independent family-owned Insurance Broker & Employee Benefits Consultancy with the long-term vision of becoming the recognised leading business of this type in Europe.  Operating from offices throughout France, Switzerland and the UK, Verlingue employ over 1,000 people, have income of around €100M and place nearly €2BN of premiums on behalf of clients.

In the UK we trade under the names Verlingue and NBJ London Markets. 

  • We employ 180 people and have offices located in Manchester, Egham, Redhill and London.
  • Verlingue are leading corporate Insurance Brokers providing Insurance, Risk Management and Employee Benefit services to businesses and Private Clients.
  • NBJ London Markets are a specialist Lloyds & London Market broker providing access to unique products and services with capabilities to place business internationally.
  • We identify with high standards of knowledge, professionalism and ethical practices throughout the organisation.  We are recognised as part of an exclusive group of fewer than 200 Chartered Insurance Brokers.
  • Ranked in the top 10 independent commercial insurance broking businesses in the UK, placing £135M of premium.
  • Clients range from FTSE 250 to SME, HNW / connected Private Clients and other Retail brokers.

Our success is based around our people delivering high quality service, excellent working relationships and meaningful results for our clients, including provision of a single stop advisory service.  We offer the certainty of long-term relationships to clients, our insurer market and our people.  This sets us apart from our competitors.

For further background please visit www.verlingue.co.uk and www.nbjlondonmarkets.com

The Team

Verlingue have established Claims Teams which operates in Manchester, Redhill and Egham. This role will be based in our Manchester or Redhill office. The volume of business is rising rapidly and so the career opportunities within the UK and in the wider Verlingue group are excellent should individuals demonstrate the required skills and success in their role.

The Role

At Verlingue we aim to deliver a market leading claim service to all our customers, both internal and external. As a Claims Leader you will be expected to not only lead your team within your own specific line of business but also be an advocate of the wider Claims philosophy and ensure that your conduct and behaviour always represents the Claims Department and Verlingue in the best possible light

Key Responsibilities

Claims
  • Assist clients with the presentation of their insurance claims
  • Demonstrate a superior level of technical claims knowledge in relevant classes of business
  • Negotiate and obtain the optimum settlement of claims, liaising with claimants, insurers and loss adjusters, as necessary
  • Actively pursue insurers or their suppliers to ensure early policy coverage agreement leading to swift claim resolution.
  • Proactively manage a portfolio of claims to ensure that these are resolved as quickly as possible and managed to the very highest technical standard
  • Escalate matters as required within Insurers and/or their suppliers in a timely way to ensure that an early and satisfactory solution is found for clients. Recognising the need to escalate to the Claims Relationship Manager where appropriate
  • Carry out all activities in the most efficient and cost-effective manner without compromising on quality or client satisfaction  
  • Demonstrate the ability to keep own work clearly prioritised and actioned within service standard commitments
  • Demonstrate the ability to actively support the broader Claims team to deliver on the collective service standard commitments
  • Drive our Insurers/Suppliers to deliver on their service standard commitments
  • Recognise urgent matters and prioritise and action them appropriately
  • Escalate, by way of referral, all claims outside of your personal authority, any complaints or suggestions that Verlingue has failed to deliver an effective service or any other matter where support is required.
  • Provide mentoring and support to less experienced members of staff
Compliance
  • Comply with regulatory requirements, industry codes of practice and the Company’s own procedures and rules
  • Ensure that any clients with whom you deal are treated fairly at all times
  • Be aware of and manage any potential conflict of interest – escalate to line manager
  • Escalate any complaints to Claims Director/Assistant Claims Director and/or Compliance Director and complete complaints information on Acturis once instructed to do so
  • Complete Broker Assess annually
  • Provide workflow information to Assistant Claims Director on a weekly basis in line with current requirements
Training
  • Undergo training in line with agreed objectives and training development plan
  • Maintain and develop personal knowledge and skills through Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Identify any new training requirements and highlight them to your line manager and/or training co-ordinator as appropriate.
Management
  • Manage and control the workloads within your team to ensure appropriate allocation of work based on relevant expertise to ensure that minimum standards are met
  • Be available to your team as a referral point, mentor and guide on all relevant work-related matters.
  • Be a positive role model for your team, the Claims Department and for Verlingue in general
  • Be an advocate for change
  • Support the Claims Department philosophy and positively promote this to both internal and external customers
  • Ensure that there is appropriate cover within your Claims team to meet customer need and also work with other Claims Leaders to ensure adequate cover across all teams
  • Facilitate regular training for self and team to ensure that levels of claim handling quality are maintained
  • Identify any performance issues within the team and work with Claims Director/Assistant Claims Director and HR as appropriate to resolve
  • Have regular Claims team meetings within your own Line of Business (once per month as a minimum)
  • Have regular informal one to ones with your team members (once per month as a minimum)
  • Undertake quarterly Connections Meetings with all team members (or as otherwise directed by the business
General responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with clients, colleagues, insurers and other suppliers
  • Immediately advise your Manager of any problem, issue or request which falls outside your authority, level of experience or knowledge, or which could in any way materially affect your effectiveness in your role
  • Undertake any additional duties which have been specifically assigned to you and/or may be reasonably requested by your Manager
Business
  • Claims is regarded as the “shop window” of Verlingue and gives the opportunity for Verlingue to readily demonstrate the additional value that being a Business Partner brings.
  • To support the business regarding the acquisition and retention of clients you will be expected to:-
  • Participate in Working Groups set up to define a strategy in securing new business from targeted clients
  • Participate in Presentations to potential new clients to support the wider business and promote the Claims vision and servicing.
  • Attend/lead client meetings as and when required in line with agreed servicing procedures.
  • Provide claims MI to clients together with high level overview of the information in line with agreed servicing
  • Attend site to support the client in relation to large or complex matters as and when required
Operational
  • Provide support to Claims Director/Assistant Claims Director as required
  • Complete weekly workflow information for team
  • Represent Claims in both internal and external meetings as required
  • Develop and maintain market relationships with insurers, MGAs, loss adjusters and lawyers as required
  • Work with Claims Director/Assistant Claims Director on strategic claims issues and operational changes to the Department as and when required
Underlying principles
  • Actively contribute to and strive towards the delivery of the Claims Vision and overarching Company Game Plan
  • Demonstrate and be a role model for the Company’s Values & Behaviours
  • Always look to add value in every aspect of your role
  • Take pride accountability and ownership of everything you do
  • Maintain a strong level of professionalism at all times
  • Be a strong team player both within claims and for the wider business
  • Be an active listener and a problem solver
  • Always actively participate and be ready to help and build others up

Person Specification

  • 10 years of relevant claims experience. Management experience preferred.
  • CII qualification or the equivalent achieved or a clear commitment to working towards a qualification moving forward  
  • IT savvy, fully Competent in Microsoft Office products and Acturis

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