The Bergaila Companies

Marine Risk Manager

Posted Date 1 day ago(1/26/2023 5:17 PM)
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We have an opening for a Marine Risk Manager to work in the Houston, TX area.




Our Client is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States. In addition, the Company has a long history of performing significant international projects. The Company employs experienced civil, ocean and mechanical engineering staff in its estimating, production and project management functions.  In its over 130-year history, the Company has never failed to complete a marine project. Our Client owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in the U.S. dredging industry, comprised of over 200 specialized vessels.


The Risk Manager is responsible for the overall supervision and management of Company’s marine insurance program and property & casualty insurance programs including establishing standards and specifications for insurance coverage and overseeing the solicitation of proposals for required programs. Position also obtains the necessary insurance and vessel certificates required by State and local laws. They will oversee all programs, policies, and procedures concerning risk management, loss prevention and claims management and coordinate, implement and administer these programs to assure objectives are attained. The Risk Manager works closely with the CFO, Director of Safety, Legal, and Human Resources to execute these responsibilities.



 - Conducts self in an appropriate manner as a representative of Company, working effectively in a diverse work environment.
- Manages relationships with relevant Brokers and underwriters for coverages and endorsements.
- Reviews and determines all risks of loss to which Company’s assets are or may become exposed and analyze such risks to determine how they can be eliminated, controlled, minimized, assumed or insured.
- Partners with the team who coordinates with employees and safety after an injury occurs interacting with appropriate underwriters during the process.
- Work closely with the legal department related to any claims that result in legal action.
- Approve dollar reserves for marine and non-marine property & liability and other claims exposures. Authorizes payment of claims up to approved limits. Coordinates payment process between Accounting and TPA.
- Conducts periodic surveys and studies on trends in the insurance industry and recommends changes and improvements in the program from both a cost and protection standpoint.
- Prepares and monitors the annual budget for the Risk Management Department
- Collects, consolidates, and analyzes accident/incident data in order to project Company’s exposure within program retentions and analyzes cost/benefit of various S.I.R./deductible programs.
- Represents the company in certain hearings, meetings, arbitrations, and conferences. Presents testimony at such events as needed.
- Conduct contract reviews to assure the company is in compliance with insurance requirements.
- Coordinates all risk and claims activity with the Legal Department for proper compliance with laws and regulations.
- Interacts with each department to gather relevant facts that ensure all exposures to risk of loss are considered and provided for at the best cost-to-risk ratio possible.
- Maintains SharePoint page on company website
- Responsible for acquiring the renewal info in order to prepare policy applications for all applicable coverages for various renewal dates
- Reviews certs from vendors, requests cert from broker in conjunction with contract requirements, maintains database of certs
- Prepares claim notice submissions for underwriters.
- Prepares recovery submissions for claims over SIR.
- Day to day handling of all Property, USL&H, state-based work comp and auto claims


- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University with major course work in Business Administration, Risk Management, Insurance, Finance, or related field.
- Five (5) years experience in a risk management role with a marine background.
- Three (3) years experience adjusting claims
- In depth knowledge of applicable laws including Jones Act, liability law, tort law, insurance law, and workers’ compensation law.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to negotiate.
- Ability to use good judgment in the investigation, analysis, and evaluation of claims.
- Demonstrated ability to apply investigation methodology.
- Knowledge of and ability to use effective supervisory techniques.
- Ability to effectively manage the workload including organizing, prioritizing, meeting deadlines, and responding to changing priorities.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a changing environment.


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