Nationwide Insurance Services Rep II - PL (Customer Service Representative) in Des Moines, Iowa

If you’re passionate about becoming a Nationwide associate and believe you have the potential to be something great, let’s talk.

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Responsible for providing an effortless customer experience through phone interaction in addition to e-mail, chat and text regarding personal lines insurance policies from customers, agents, third parties, and business partners while contributing to individual and team performance expectations. Provides first time final resolution and proactive solutions.

Job Description

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Personal Lines Customer Service Supervisor

CORE JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Owns the customer experience by answering foundational/moderate inbound phone calls, emails, or other contacts from customers, agents, third parties, and business partners who are inquiring about insurance products and policies. Work and make decisions with leader/subject matter expert oversight.

  • Apply personal lines insurance knowledge assist customers with foundational/moderate billing, credit and premium changes.

  • Provides a complete and accurate solution to the customers’ questions so they don’t have to call back.

  • Through issue diagnosis, minimizes transfers, escalations, and call backs by using all available resources and systems to make policy changes, answer policy and billing questions, take payments and provide requested documentation.

  • Offers customer interactions that are consistence with company policies.

  • Utilizes customer’s information to promptly resolve issues and identify the right solutions in the first time final interaction.

  • Efficiently and effectively complete customer interaction follow-up work to process all requested updates.

  • Effectively navigate multiple computer systems while maintaining an engaging customer interaction.

  • Participate and pass required comprehension and competency testing in technical and customer service skills training to stay aware of current and best practices.

  • All other duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Education: High school or comparable diploma; some undergraduate studies preferred.

License/Certificates: State licensing may be required. Continuing education as required by state(s). Associates may be asked to obtain the required state licenses within the time period designated by the business unit. If an associate fails or is unable to obtain required licenses / registrations within the time period designated by the business unit, employment may be terminated.

Experience: One year work-related customer service experience; high preference for experience in the insurance or financial industry.

Knowledge: Basic knowledge of general business practices and terminology. Prefer familiarity with insurance or customer service concepts. Skills needed for the role will be provided during training and onboarding.

Skills/Competencies: Issue diagnosis, issue resolution, compliance focus, active listening, and customer advocacy. Time management, schedule dependability, basic math skills and ability to interact in a co-hort learning environment is crucial. Customer service mindset. Customer specialist own the experience, advocacy and are customer centric.

Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values and Guiding Behaviors.

Staffing Exceptions to the above Minimum Job Requirements must be approved by the Manager and

Human Resources.

JOB CONDITIONS:

Overtime Eligibility: Nonexempt (Eligible)

Working Conditions: Call center environment; may include 24/7/365 hours of operations. Role requires thorough training and onboarding that may differ from hired hours. Extended periods of sitting/using personal computer and phone. Non-standard hours may be required based on customer demand resulting in phone or other contact volumes. Flexible work options may be available after successful performance is obtained.

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.

Credit Check: Due to the fiduciary accountabilities, for some positions a valid credit check and/or background check may be required as part of the selection process.

Additional Job Description

  • Customer Service Associate, Personal Lines

About Us

Nationwide is a leader in the insurance and financial services industry in America. We are a Fortune 69 company with a mission to keep our members, their loved ones, and their belongings protected.

We commit to every employee and community we serve by emphasizing employee development and charitable partnerships. That’s how we win Gallup’s Great Workplace Award year after year and why we’re ranked #54 among Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Your Team

We are growing our Personal Lines Service team in Des Moines, IA. Personal lines provides service to our members, agents and business partners, delivering an easy, consultative experience at every touchpoint!

We have fun here working together as a team while also valuing individual contributions. Intuition and initiative are the keys to ensuring customer satisfaction – effective resolutions are found during the first call, for every member.

The main goal of the team is to deliver quality service and solutions that exceed our members' expectations.

Reporting Relationships: You report to the Personal Lines Service Leader; you have no direct reports.

About You

So, you think you’ve got what it takes to make the cut? Personal Lines Customer Service Associates are:

  • Go-getters committed to making sure the member has a resource to lean on when they need it most

  • Cool, calm, and collected (able to de-escalate a tough call effectively)

  • Out-of-the-box solution finders; resourceful

  • Resilient; up for the challenges of change

  • Dedicated to creating effortless member experiences

  • Comfortable talking with members about technical/billing information

  • Excited about working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

  • Able to multi-task and navigate a PC with multiple screens

  • Enthusiastic about helping others, including team members

  • Interested in a career, not just a job!

You should also have:

  • A high school diploma – and preferably some college coursework

  • One year of experience in customer service

  • General knowledge of insurance policies and business practices with excellent call skills

  • Willingness to become an expert on Nationwide’s policies, systems, & products

  • The ability to obtain state licensing as required

Job Summary

A typical day in the life of a Customer Service Associate:

Answering complex calls regarding insurance products

Using available resources to make policy changes, billing/policy questions, and payments as hassle-free as possible

Diagnosing member issues completely and efficiently while satisfying company guidelines

Processing necessary forms for requested changes

Participating in training for new technical/customer service concepts or cross-training in products lines and platforms

Jumping in to complete other tasks as needed

Compensation & Benefits

You receive a starting salary of $34,800 with opportunities to increase pay based on performance. Other benefits include:

  • Enjoying time with your family/pets/yourself with up to 18 days of paid time off and 9–10 paid holidays per year

  • 10-15% shift differential on qualifying shifts

  • A 401k match and company-funded pension plan

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance (part of our Wellness Program)

  • Up to $5250 in tuition reimbursement per year after your first year

  • Flexible scheduling opportunities

  • Excellent opportunities for growth and promotion

  • Network of diverse employee resource groups

  • Special discounts through Abenity along with a variety of other corporate discounts

Training & Work Schedule

Your career at Nationwide begins on Nov 5th with an award-winning 10 1/2 -week training program that is designed to set you up for success and confidence in your new role. Your training schedule will be Monday–Friday, 8-4:30pmfollowed by a regular work schedule of Monday, Thursday, and Friday10:00 AM -8:30 PM, with your Saturday hours being 8:00 AM - 6:15 PM. Your daysoffwould beTuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday or the additional option would be a more traditional 5x8 schedule working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM, with yourSunday hours being 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM.Your days off would beWednesday and Saturday.

Job Conditions

A fun contact center environment where extended hours of sitting and typing at your PC, complete with dual monitors and headset, are the norm. Member needs may warrant the need for schedule flexibility and potential overtime. On the odd occasion, you may have to lift something more than 20 pounds.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Nationwide embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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Smoke-Free Iowa Statement: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, its affiliates and subsidiaries comply with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas on or around company premises as well as company issued vehicles. The company offers designated smoking areas in which smoking is permitted at each individual location. The Act prohibits retaliation for reporting complaints or violations. For more information on the Iowa Smokefree Air Act, individuals may contact the Smokefree Air Act Helpline at 888-944-2247.

Job ID: 52546

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