Catastrophic Claims Adjuster

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Job ID : 6925
Category : Claims
Brand : Definity
Regular/Temporary : Regular
Fulltime/Parttime : Full Time
Location : Winnipeg, Canada
Posting Range : $54,800 - $100,800

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Definity is the parent company to some of Canada’s most long-standing and innovative insurance brands, including Economical Insurance, Sonnet Insurance, Family Insurance Solutions, and Petline Insurance. Our ambition is to be one of Canada’s leading and most innovative property and casualty insurers. We can’t do that without our people, so we embrace and encourage a culture that’s collaborative, ambitious, rewarding, and empowering.

We offer a flexible, hybrid work experience where employees work from the office and virtually depending on the type of work they are doing and who they are working with. Bring your true self and be a part of our journey. It’s better here.

Your Role

Reporting to the Team Leader CAT the incumbent is accountable for adjusting files to ensure investigation, evaluation and the settlement of moderate to complex first party Personal and Commercial claims as per Economical Catastrophe claims standards while deployed anywhere in Canada with little notice.  The incumbent also reviews and interprets policy wordings regulations and legislation to determine coverage. The Property CAT Representative is professional, friendly and courteous in all interactions, whether with co-workers or customers.  This person remains calm under pressure.  The incumbent performs well in a busy environment.  His or her overall business approach includes teamwork, ownership and flexibility.  The incumbent is required to travel to Catastrophe sites with little notice.  Will be required to man evacuation centers as required.  The incumbent will have significant autonomy, will work alone often without a base of operations.  They typical CAT day is 7AM to 7PM 6 or 7 days per week depending on the event and the response required.  When not deployed the incumbent will fill a work force optimization role.  They will be called upon to supplement the National Appraisal team in which case they will assist with large loss quantifications, reinspection’s or exceptions.  They will also be called upon to perform CAT clean up duties or supplement the national adjusting ranks to support absences.  The incumbent also provides guidance, on the job training, technical direction, coaching and mentoring to Claim Professionals relative to estimates, vendor management and complex structural commercial building damage large losses.

Your Responsibilities

  • Deploys approved Economical loss cost control programs and technology to investigate, negotiate and settle moderate to complex personal and commercial claims as assigned. Adjusts files to ensure that full investigation of loss site has occurred in person or through use of Economical quantification programs.
  • Develops and records information pertaining to the claim and or coverage, documenting notes in the appropriate system(s) and driving the claim towards final disposition. Responds to written and telephone inquiries and new claim assignments promptly as per Economical guidelines. Reviews and interprets policy wordings, acts, regulations, legislation and contracts to assess impact on coverage. Reviews claim evidence, statements, photos, and investigative documentation to assist in identifying subrogation opportunities or identifying potential third-party liability exposure. Identifies and processes all salvage .Retains and directs appropriate vendors & experts within corporate guidelines.
  • Provides oversite and quality assurance on outsourced quantification assignments. Quantifies large loss Complex Commercial Lines structural damage claims as a member of the Quantification Team in support of the Structural Damage Quantification Protocol nationally. Commercial losses can be in excess of 1 million dollars. Is a subject matter expert on building code and by-law issues as they relate to loss cost quantifications and works closely with national Vendors on programs, pricing and protocols.
  • Is a subject matter expert on building code and by-law issues as they relate to loss cost quantifications and works closely with national Vendors on programs, pricing and protocols.
  • Supports regional adjusting function while not deployed on CAT by working catastrophe clean up and backfilling team mates will on approved absence. Supports national appraisal function while not deployed on CAT by completing reinspection’s, managing exceptions through the Contractor Connection program, completes large loss appraisals and tasks on behalf of region partners.
  • Writing denial letters, Reservations of Rights and other complex correspondence when required. Maintaining an effective diary system to ensure proactive claim file management and disposition.
  • Is a subject matter expert as it relates to use of insurance related estimating software programs. Uses those programs to prepare loss cost estimates while in the field.  

Your Skills and Experience

  • University degree or a college diploma (specified field) or the CIP designation and a minimum of 2 years as a loss adjuster or appraiser.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete scopes of repair for up to moderately complex losses
  • Understanding of Provincial and National Building Codes along with a solid understanding of residential and commercial construction terminology, techniques and best practices.
  • Experience with estimating software platforms including Xactware.
  • Experience with and ability to read and understand blue prints and CADD drawings
  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to work autonomously

Salary range is $54,800 - $100,800

Actual salary for the role may vary depending on work location of the successful candidate and other factors including but not limited to, skills, education, experience, working conditions and the local labour market.  In addition to base pay, eligible employees may participate various incentive plans which are paid out at the discretion of the company and subject to individual and company performance.

We also take potential into consideration. If you don’t have this exact experience, but you know you have what it takes, be sure to give us more insight through your application and cover letter.

Go ahead and expect a lot — you deserve it, and we’ve got it: 

  • Hybrid work schedule for most roles
  • Company share ownership program
  • Pension and savings programs, with company-matched RRSP contributions
  • Paid volunteer days and company matching on charitable donations
  • Educational resources, tuition assistance, and paid time off to study for exams
  • Focus on inclusion with employee groups, support for gender affirmation surgery, access to BIPOC counsellors, access to programs for working parents
  • Wellness and recognition programs
  • Discounts on products and services

Our inclusive work environment welcomes diversity and supports accessibility. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting: [email protected]

Background checks
This role requires successful clearance of a background check (including criminal checks and leadership references).


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