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Claims Estimate Writer I, II, Senior

Job Description

Primary Purpose:
Responsible for creating an estimate of damages to 1st and 3rd party material damage, by reviewing photos received: via MyClaimPics, from the customer; from Copart Auto Auctions or from a third party vendor. Handles total loss assignments which may require analysis and occasional research to resolve damage issues. Also responsible for focusing on the needs of loss participants, identifying customer needs, and working to meet those needs using appropriate customer service skills for internal (claims adjusters) and external (policy holders and claimants).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Following is a summary of the essential functions for this job. Other duties may be performed, both major and minor, which are not mentioned below. Specific activities may change from time to time.


  • Learn to handle most aspects of material damage claims with supervision

  • Develop a basic understanding of the content of all types of policies written by the company

  • Develop a basic understanding of the insurance industry and the organizational relationships of the company

  • Learn how to determine subrogation or fraud potential

  • Receive claim assignments and documents all appropriate information

  • Review photos thoroughly and determines reparability and complete assessment and or, total loss evaluation

  • Evaluate settlement alternatives by reviewing regulatory compliance and fair claims practices; makes decisions on best option

  • Identify subrogation or fraud potential based upon physical evidence and refer to the appropriate claims representative when potential exists

  • Stay informed of changes in the collision repair industry including statutory and regulatory changes as they relate to material damage

  • When appropriate, make contact to discuss a settlement; extend an offer to appropriate party; document all file activity and payment/settlement information in file notes clearly outlining basis for settlement

  • May assist in Material Damage training and development of claims representatives

  • Take ownership of any issue, problem, or error that could potentially impact the policyholder and or loss participant

  • Serve as a mentor for less experienced Estimate Writers

  • Complete continued education with both company required courses and additional outside courses

  • Complete accurate estimates with little supervision up to $4,000


  • Accurately handle any type of material damage claims within limit of authority demonstrating labor judgment skills, ability to identify total loss, and soundly produce estimates


Minimum Skills and Competencies:
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor's Degree or in-lieu of degree equivalent education, training and work-related experience

  • Estimating experience with an automated estimating system

  • Successfully completed week one of Estimator Training at Forsyth Technical Community College

  • Successfully complete I-Car Level One or equivalent

  • Obtain and Maintain appropriate license and/or educational requirements

  • Effective organization and time management skills with the ability to work under pressure and adhere to project deadlines

  • Maintain consistent file review exception rates at or lower than department set standards

  • Solid command of the claims policies and procedures; exhibits basic interpretation of policies & procedures in resolving claims

  • General understanding of the repair and replacement of property damages, to include mechanical components of a vehicle and other potential exposures

  • General knowledge of unibody/ conventional frame damages and repair processes

  • Comply with the company material damage guidelines

  • Must possess effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

  • High degree of initiative, mature judgment, and discretion

  • Ability to resolve conflicts and empathize with customers is critical

  • Strong negotiation skills


Desired Skills:


  • Adjuster license in your home state or state that requires examination and CE

  • Previous material damage claims handling experience

  • Management experience in a repair facility

  • Hands on material damage training in a repair facility or training center

  • Has a general understanding of insurance law as it relates to claims

  • Fraud Training

  • RV Estimatics, RV Policy, Motorcycle Estimates, and Motorcycle as dictated by area business needs

Job Requirements

 

Job Snapshot

Location US-AZ-Arizona
Employment Type Full-Time Employee
Pay Type Year
Pay Rate N/A
Store Type Insurance
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Company Overview

National General Insurance

National General Insurance Group is one of the largest automobile insurers in the United States. National General Insurance Group offers property and casualty products, including personal auto, RV, motorcycle, commercial auto and more. With a nationwide network of claims professionals and a 24-hour, toll-free claims hotline available 365 days a year, National General Insurance provides superior claims service for its customers. Learn More

Contact Information

US-AZ-Arizona
National General Insurance
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National General Insurance
Company:
US-AZ-Arizona
Location:
Full-Time Employee
Employment Type:
Year
Pay Type:
N/A
Pay Rate:
Insurance
Store Type:

Job Description

Primary Purpose:
Responsible for creating an estimate of damages to 1st and 3rd party material damage, by reviewing photos received: via MyClaimPics, from the customer; from Copart Auto Auctions or from a third party vendor. Handles total loss assignments which may require analysis and occasional research to resolve damage issues. Also responsible for focusing on the needs of loss participants, identifying customer needs, and working to meet those needs using appropriate customer service skills for internal (claims adjusters) and external (policy holders and claimants).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Following is a summary of the essential functions for this job. Other duties may be performed, both major and minor, which are not mentioned below. Specific activities may change from time to time.


  • Learn to handle most aspects of material damage claims with supervision

  • Develop a basic understanding of the content of all types of policies written by the company

  • Develop a basic understanding of the insurance industry and the organizational relationships of the company

  • Learn how to determine subrogation or fraud potential

  • Receive claim assignments and documents all appropriate information

  • Review photos thoroughly and determines reparability and complete assessment and or, total loss evaluation

  • Evaluate settlement alternatives by reviewing regulatory compliance and fair claims practices; makes decisions on best option

  • Identify subrogation or fraud potential based upon physical evidence and refer to the appropriate claims representative when potential exists

  • Stay informed of changes in the collision repair industry including statutory and regulatory changes as they relate to material damage

  • When appropriate, make contact to discuss a settlement; extend an offer to appropriate party; document all file activity and payment/settlement information in file notes clearly outlining basis for settlement

  • May assist in Material Damage training and development of claims representatives

  • Take ownership of any issue, problem, or error that could potentially impact the policyholder and or loss participant

  • Serve as a mentor for less experienced Estimate Writers

  • Complete continued education with both company required courses and additional outside courses

  • Complete accurate estimates with little supervision up to $4,000


  • Accurately handle any type of material damage claims within limit of authority demonstrating labor judgment skills, ability to identify total loss, and soundly produce estimates


Minimum Skills and Competencies:
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor's Degree or in-lieu of degree equivalent education, training and work-related experience

  • Estimating experience with an automated estimating system

  • Successfully completed week one of Estimator Training at Forsyth Technical Community College

  • Successfully complete I-Car Level One or equivalent

  • Obtain and Maintain appropriate license and/or educational requirements

  • Effective organization and time management skills with the ability to work under pressure and adhere to project deadlines

  • Maintain consistent file review exception rates at or lower than department set standards

  • Solid command of the claims policies and procedures; exhibits basic interpretation of policies & procedures in resolving claims

  • General understanding of the repair and replacement of property damages, to include mechanical components of a vehicle and other potential exposures

  • General knowledge of unibody/ conventional frame damages and repair processes

  • Comply with the company material damage guidelines

  • Must possess effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

  • High degree of initiative, mature judgment, and discretion

  • Ability to resolve conflicts and empathize with customers is critical

  • Strong negotiation skills


Desired Skills:


  • Adjuster license in your home state or state that requires examination and CE

  • Previous material damage claims handling experience

  • Management experience in a repair facility

  • Hands on material damage training in a repair facility or training center

  • Has a general understanding of insurance law as it relates to claims

  • Fraud Training

  • RV Estimatics, RV Policy, Motorcycle Estimates, and Motorcycle as dictated by area business needs

Job Requirements

 
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