Claims Specialist (Surety)

CNA Surety


Posted 5/13/19


Claims Specialist (Surety)

Job Summary

Under technical direction investigates and maintains surety claims. This position will be assigned to the surety claims department and the successful candidate should expect to exclusively be assigned construction surety and occasionally commercial surety claims. Works within specific limits of authority on assignments of significant technical complexity and coordination. Utilizing claims policies and guidelines reviews coverages determines liability and compensability, secures information, monitors litigation and negotiates claim settlements.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Performs a combination of duties in accordance with departmental guidelines:

• Interprets more complex or unusual bond coverages and determines if coverages apply to claims submitted escalating issues as needed.

• Sets activities reserves and authorizes payments within scope of authority.

• Ensures issuance of disbursements while managing loss costs and expenses.

• Coordinates and performs investigations and evaluates claims and suits through contact with insureds, claimants, business partners witnesses and experts. Seeks early resolution opportunities. Identifies files that have potential fraud and refers to SIU.

• Utilizes negotiation skills to develop complex settlement packages.

Identifies claims with third party recovery potential and coordinates with subrogation/salvage unit.

• Partners with attorneys, account representatives, agents, underwriters, managers and principals or insureds to develop a focused strategy for timely and cost effective resolution of more complex claims.

• Analyzes claims activities. Prepares and presents reports for management. May be responsible for special projects and presentations.

• Responsible for input of data that accurately reflects claim circumstances and other information important to our business outcomes.

• May provide guidance and assistance to other claims staff and functional areas.

• Keeps current on state/territory regulations and issues as well as industry activity and trends.

• Attach documents to and enter data in the paperless claim system


Reporting Relationship

Assistant VP or Director of Surety Claims 


Skills Knowledge and Abilities

1. Solid knowledge of claims and insurance industry theory and practices. Surety experience a plus. 

2. Demonstrated technical expertise and product specific knowledge. 

3. Strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills. Ability to effectively interact with all levels of CNA's internal and external business partners. 

4. Ability to work independently managing time and resources to accomplish multiple tasks and meet deadlines. 

5. Strong analytical and problem solving skills enabling viable alternative solutions. 

6. Ability to exercise independent judgement and make critical business decisions effectively assessing the merits of claims as well as evaluating claims based on a cost benefit analysis. 

7. Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite as well as other business-related software. Comfortable learning electronic claim system, including data entry and working with a “paperless” environment.

8. Ability to adapt to change and value diverse opinions and ideas. 

9. Ability to fully comprehend claim information; and to further articulate analyses of claims in internal reports. 

10. Ability to handle claims with a proactive long-term view of business goals and objectives.


Education and Experience

1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. Law Degree highly preferred.  Construction, finance, accounting, engineering and/or surety-specific experience a plus.

2. A minimum three to five years of property/casualty claims experience in a law firm, insurance or surety company or third-party claims servicer, typically required.

3. Property and Casualty Adjusters License preferred.  Must have current Texas Property/Casualty Adjustors License or be able to pass the test to get it within first year of employment.


Please reference Daniel Oldenkamp in the application and contact him regarding questions:

Daniel Oldenkamp | Senior Claims Counsel | AFSB

CNA Surety | 151 N. Franklin St., 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 822-1616 (o) | (312) 894 -2676 (f)