Material Damage Adjuster I


: $70,050.00 - $101,960.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Financial Services - Insurance

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Division or Field Office:

New York Branch Office

Department of Position: Claims Department

Work from:

Home in New York

At Erie Insurance, you re not just part of a Fortune 500 company; you re also a valued member of a diverse and inclusive team that includes more than 5,000 employees and over 2,200 independent agencies. Our Employees work in the Home Office complex located in Erie, PA, and in our Field Offices that span 12 states and the District of Columbia. To attract and retain the best talent, we reward our team members with competitive salaries and a very generous benefits package.

Position Summary

Appraises material damage claims and total losses as received by assignment. Negotiates settlement of claims and disposes of salvage within authority.

  • The candidate will work from home East of Syracuse (territory will be determined once candidate is selected).
  • Candidates with above minimum qualifications may be considered for a Material Damage Adjuster II position. The number of years and scope of experience determine level.
  • A company car will be provided.
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Handles all material damage claims as assigned.
  • Makes arrangements with repair shops, Policyholders or claimants to inspect vehicles. Photographs damaged areas and writes estimates on all claims when necessary. Determines rental needs and controls costs according to company guidelines.
  • Negotiates with repair shops on cost of repairs. Establishes value and settles total losses. Handles disposal of salvage within authority.
  • Distinguishes cause of damage for appropriate policy coverage.
  • Issues settlement checks and keeps appropriate records.
  • Establishes rapport with Agents and claims adjusters.
  • Contacts Policyholders and claimants regarding complaints stemming from original adjustment.
  • Attends appropriate training sessions.
  • At the request of Underwriting, evaluates antique and classic cars for coverage value.
  • Competencies Ability To Learn And Follow ProceduresAbility to Manage ComplexityArithmetic ComputationDecision MakingDeveloping And Maintaining RelationshipsInformation Management SkillsInterpersonal CommunicationJob-Specific KnowledgeNumerical ReasoningOral CommunicationPlanning And OrganizingProblem AnalysisService OrientationTime Management Qualifications

    High school diploma, or GED, required. Two years of experience in body shop or insurance claims adjusting, including estimate writing OR completion of ERIE s Smart Start Program, required. Completion of General Insurance program preferred. Incumbent must live in territory assigned unless a change is approved by the company. Position requires the incumbent to serve on the catastrophe duty, which may include travel on short notice to other locations for periods in excess of two consecutive weeks. Willingness to obtain and maintain any required licenses. Valid driver s license and good driving record required.

    Physical Requirements Lifting 0-20 lbs; Occasional (<20%)Lifting 20-50 lbs; Occasional (<20%)Lifting Over 50 lbs; Occasional (<20%)Driving; Frequent (50-80%)Pushing/Pulling; Frequent (50-80%)Manual Keying/Data Entry; Often (20-50%)Climbing; Rarely
    Associated topics: adjuster, auto, bodily, claim examiner, claim investigator, claimant, fraud, insurance examiner, investigate, title examiner * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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