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Research Specialist

The  Research Specialist  provides front line, direct contact with clients and customers, this is done through receiving or placing telephone calls, in addition to working faxes, electronic methods (e-mail & system of record task assignments), correspondence, mail, express delivery, reports, and project assignments. This position serves as a back-up resource to the Call Center Department, processing inbound calls as needed. You will use computerized system for tracking, information gathering and/or trouble shooting the items raised by the client/customer. Recognize consistent problem areas and reports to higher level for action. Seeks to retain account and/or suggest and encourage use of other services and products. Depending on area may promote and sell products and/or services and enter or confirm sales. Follow standard procedures and policies with more senior levels using greater latitude and judgment in responding to customers. Provide collateral protection services by ensuring all customers are adequately insured as well as adding lender place insurance for uninsured customers.

Primary Job Accountabilities/Responsibilities

  • Research/resolve loan level inquires and exception items through inbound calls, fax, emails, tasks, correspondence, reports, and/or special projects. More experienced associates will be involved in root cause analysis of more complex inquiries and research.

  • Handle in-bound and out-bound calls from our customers in hazard insurance, mortgage banking, and property loss.

  • Research and respond to inquiries and prepare responses to customers and clients.

  • Initially works in a single client/functional environment due to limited knowledge and skill set. More experienced associates will work in a multi-client or multi-functional environment.

Basic Qualifications

  • High school diploma/ GED

  • 1-year customer service, banking, finance, mortgage lending or related experience

  • Basic to intermediate computer skills, (ability to create, edit and analyze spreadsheets and emails)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

  • Associates degree

  • Proficient at verbal and written communication when communicating with customers/clients

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Excellent listening skills

  • Ability to adapt well to change

  • Works well in team environment and as an individual contributor

  • Work well in a fast paced/high stress environment.

  • Ability to think outside of the box to resolve problems

  • Ability to relay and document accurate and detailed information to various parties via in-bound and out-bound telephone calls, and through written communication

What You Should Know About Us:

At Assurant, our core values - integrity, change, urgency, and excellence - guide us as we work together to support our commitments to our clients, their customers and to each other. In collaboration with leading retailers, wireless carriers, utilities, and financial institutions worldwide, we underwrite, market and administer extended service or service contract programs for consumers and small businesses.

  • Assurant, Inc. helps people protect what matters most to them

  • We have been around for a while with our roots tracing back to 1892

  • We are a Fortune 500 company employing approximately 15,000 people in 21 countries

  • We provide specialty protection products and related services to safeguard against risks

Assurant (NYSE: AIZ) is a global provider of risk management solutions, protecting where consumers live and the goods they buy. A Fortune 500 company, Assurant focuses on the housing and lifestyle markets, and is among the market leaders in mobile device protection; extended service contracts; vehicle protection; pre-funded funeral insurance; renter’s insurance; lender-placed homeowner’s insurance; and mortgage valuation and field services. With approximately $42 billion in total assets and $8 billion in annualized revenue, Assurant is in 21 countries and operates across North America, Latin America, Europe and with an emerging footprint in Asia.  

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