Underwriting Trainee

Trainee Program / Programme de formation des stagiaires Vancouver, British Columbia


Position at Northbridge Financial Corporation

“The Power of Together”

Join Northbridge, a growing dynamic company that has a long and rich Canadian history in providing innovative insurance solutions to customers nationwide.

Northbridge Financial Corporation is a leading commercial property and casualty insurance company that’s been helping protect Canadian businesses for more than 90 years. We’re 100% Canadian!

We offer a wide range of creative solutions to our customers through our Northbridge Insurance, TruShield Insurance and Federated Insurance brands where we strive to create a fair and friendly culture, upheld by the foundation of our five corporate values: respect, passion, connectedness, creativity, and excellence.

By continually striving to challenge the status quo, and by focusing on helping our customers, we’ve been able to build our reputation as one of Canada’s largest commercial insurance providers.

Be part of a team that’s passionate about making a difference every day, fueled by our entrepreneurial spirit and where everyone owns a part of our success.

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, our office is easily accessible by Sky Train and within walking distance from Burrard and Waterfront stations. As a national property and casualty commercial insurance provider, we also have offices across Canada.

Calling on all recent or upcoming University Grads!  Are you interested in joining an innovative and dynamic company!

The Northbridge Underwriting Trainee Program is a paid, seven-month intensive program which will help you to jump-start your professional career in the insurance industry.

The program will start on June 1, 2020 and begin with two (2) months of classroom learning in Toronto with other trainees from across the country. Next, you will receive four (4) months of on-the-job training at our office in Vancouver. You’ll finish the program back in Toronto where you’ll present a capstone project to the executive team. Upon completion of the program you will be placed into a full-time role with the Underwriting team in Vancouver (or Calgary).  You’ll get to work alongside Industry experts, meet other talented trainees, network, and experience our exceptional people-first culture first-hand.

The Trainee program is geared towards new or recent or upcoming university graduates who are curious to learn and passionate about making a difference in the insurance industry. No prior knowledge of or experience with insurance is required.

What We Can Offer You

Trainees will have the opportunity to learn about the three largest departments within the organization; Underwriting, Claims and Risk Services, as well as some of the Shared Services who support our operations. 

Northbridge supports trainees in completing 4 out of the 10 courses required to reach your Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation by covering the costs of the courses, text books and providing tutoring services.

What Do Underwriting Professionals Do?

Underwriting is an exciting place to start within insurance: using your understanding of business objectives along with the in-depth product knowledge that you’ll gain as a Trainee, you’ll problem-solve and price the risk of new business accounts and renewals. You will monitor industry trends and build relationships with brokers, agents and customers directly. Every day will be different and challenging and there are a variety of career paths that can come from it!

What we are looking for:

  • A recent University Graduate
  • 0-2 years of corporate working experience
  • Candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in Underwriting
  • A maximum of 6 CIP courses completed

What sets you apart:

  • You consider yourself to be entrepreneurial, self-motivated, and a critical thinker
  • You have exceptional reading, writing, and analytical skills
  • You have fantastic communication skills and can make decisions both independently and with a team
  • You are involved in extra-curriculars and enjoy learning new skills
  • You have a passion to succeed and display a strong desire to take initiative

What We Have to Offer

  • Northbridge Cares program – volunteer day and donation matching
  • Generous paid time off, including personal days. Flexible work hours as well as early departure opportunities
  • Flexible Group Benefits Plan – medical, dental, insurances
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan + Optional Group RRSP
  • Northbridge Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance plan
  • Staff Insurance - discount on home, automobile and pet insurance
  • Plus, the opportunity to contribute to the success of Northbridge through sharing your knowledge and experience while learning from others

Why Northbridge?

Northbridge welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Interested, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory background and reference checks, including a criminal record check, credit check, and employment and educational verifications.