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Casualty Underwriter (Construction)

About Shepherd

Our mission is to create the first comprehensive platform that combines top-tier insurance offerings with world-class software so commercial businesses can manage risk and prevent losses. We’re starting with the $10T commercial construction industry.

Our thesis is that technology can solve the sustainability challenges facing commercial insurance, and to accomplish this we’re building a platform that incentivizes our clients to adopt the best tools when they buy our coverage. Across construction and other commercial markets, technology is available but fundamentally underutilized, despite the potential for improving loss outcomes and stopping this crisis.

To date, Shepherd has raised $20M+ from top tier VCs including Y-Combinator, Susa Ventures, Spark Capital, Costanoa Ventures, Era Ventures, Greenlight RE and Intact Ventures.

About You

We are looking for a motivated and eager individual who’s passionate about the future of construction and eager to do the best work of their career.

You would be a dream candidate if…

  • You aren’t afraid of ambiguity

  • You have a strong work ethic, are self-motivated, and have the ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.

  • You have exceptional interpersonal skills (verbal and written) and a high EQ

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

  • You have a minimum of 3+ years of previous experience in the commercial underwriting space (construction and/or casualty experience is preferred).

  • You have strong sales and marketing skills and are able to position accounts and close deals.

  • Underwriting duties will include developing and negotiating price, coverage, terms and conditions for all new business and renewals while actively identifying target accounts that fit Shepherd’s underwriting appetite.

About the Role

Shepherd’s underwriting approach will be client-centric with a heavy emphasis on an efficient process. Our goal will be to leverage our technology and data to make quick, informed, underwriting decisions tailored to our clients’ specific needs.

  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate success in marketing, producer management, new business development, and the ability to successfully negotiate on all levels with both internal and external partners.

  • Teamwork, communication, and negotiation skills are required.

  • Solid background in risk analysis and experience with construction and/or casualty underwriting.

  • Knowledge and proficiency with compliance, coverage, products and pricing strategies.

  • Be adaptable and creative in a fast paced startup environment

Hiring Manager

Costas Hadjipateras

Costas Hadjipateras

Head of Underwriting

Benefits and Perks

Premium Healthcare

100% contribution to top-tier health, dental, and vision

Unlimited PTO

Flexibility to take the time off, recharge, and perform

SF, NJ, or NYC Offices

Premium office space on both coasts with lunches provided

Professional Development

Access to premium coaching including leadership development


San Francisco / New York



Salary Range

$95,000 - $135,000

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