Position Description

Corporate Risk Manager
Location Tidewater Barge Lines - Vancouver
Department Risk
# of openings 1
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Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Tidewater Transportation & Terminals operates the largest barge transportation and terminal network on the Columbia-Snake River system. We are currently seeking a Corporate Risk Manager who will be responsible for overseeing all risk management and insurance programs for Tidewater’s operating companies in the United States and Canada. This includes analyzing, purchasing and administering a cost effective enterprise-wide insurance and risk retention program, leading and overseeing an effective claims management program, and supporting the Management Team in safeguarding the assets and liabilities of the Company through the effective utilization and planning of risk management activities.

Essential Functions:

1.       Manages self and others in support of safe and incident-free operations. Responsible for knowing and abiding by safety management system policies and procedures.

2.       Leads, evaluates and oversees claims management process working with a third-party Administrator (TPA) and insurance broker.

3.    Develops and maintains a complete system for recording, monitoring, and communicating the organization’s Risk Management Program (i.e., insurance program, contract management, corporate governance, and legal counsel coordination) components and costs to senior management and others as necessary.

4.       Develops, implements, and provides oversight of the Company insurance and claims management programs with direct report to the VP/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and in conjunction with the Quality & Compliance Manager and the VP of  Environmental Health, Safety & Security (EHS&S).

5.       Ensures that risk management and loss control resources available from insurers are disseminated to company personnel as appropriate.

6.      Negotiates annual renewals and manages day-to-day activities related to the Company’s 25+ insurance lines, which includes Marine, Workers’ Comp (Federal and State/Provincial), Environmental Liability, General Liability, Property, Auto, Inland Marine, Executive Risk, Professional Liability and Umbrella/Excess policies.

7.    Consults with senior management, Business Development, Purchasing and Operations Departments concerning risk management questions and needs, including insurance quotes, evidence of insurance, terminal/facility access requirements, commercial contracts and contractual risk matters.

8.       Manages Certificate of Insurance (COI) process for all companies including vetting third party COIs for accuracy, requesting updated COIs, tracking COIs in a database and filing.

9.       Coordinates and oversees all related third-party vendors including brokerage services, underwriting, claims management services, outside legal services, surveyors and special consultants.

10.     Assists President/CEO and VP/CFO with merger & acquisition related activities as necessary.

11.     Manages all large claims, including investigation, notification, negotiations, litigation, and settlements.

12.     Assists VP/CFO with preparation of budget for annual insurance and self-insured claims costs.

13.     Develops benchmarking data in conjunction with VP of EHS&S with respect to loss history and ongoing operational performance.

14.    Advises management to support decision making in terms of loss control, risk management and claims management protection of company resources and assets.

15.     Maintains Company Delegation of Authority and reviews and approves key material contracts and leases.

16.     Lead a cross-functional team in the, documentation, implementation and execution of the Company’s enterprise risk and business continuity management programs.

17.     Responsible for regular and prompt attendance.

18.     Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Education and/or Experience:

1.       Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Business Administration, Finance or Risk Management.

2.       A minimum of five years’ related experience in claims or risk management positions.

3.       Experience in terminaling, the marine industry and Jones act preferred.


Required Qualifications:

1.       Communication skills necessary to guide and direct others, influence change, resolve conflict, and effectively interact with personnel at all levels of the organization. Ability to deal with others using courtesy, tact, and good judgment.

2.       Interpersonal skills necessary to maintain good working relationships with co-workers, brokers, carriers, vendors and clients.

3.       Analytical skills necessary to define and identify risks, collect data, establish facts and provide valid conclusions.

4.       Ability to independently determine and develop approaches to solutions under general direction.

5.       Ability to produce reports or presentations that outline findings, explain risk positions, or recommend changes.

6.       Skill in negotiation regarding complex issues.

7.       Skill in productivity, planning, and workload management.

8.       Ability to maintain the confidentiality of all sensitive communications.

9.       Must maintain a current, valid driver’s license in order to operate company owned vehicles.

10.     Ability to travel to other locations outside of headquarters facility in the United States, Canada and Europe to conduct essential functions of the position.


Language Skills:

Ability to read, write, verbalize and comprehend instructions and correspondence in the English language.

Mathematical Skills:

Must have mathematical skills equivalent to those required to perform essential job functions.

Physical and Visual Activities:

Standing, walking, witting, lifting, carrying, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, feeling, typing, grasping, talking, hearing, repetitive motions, acuity-far, acuity-near, depth perception, and field of vision.

Physical Demands:

May require a combination of sitting, standing, walking and lifting up to 15 pounds on occasion.

Environment/Atmospheric Conditions:

This position is performed mainly in an office environment. However, employee may be exposed to a vessel, job site, or shop environment as job duties require. May be exposed to loud operating machinery, inclement weather conditions, chemicals, vapors, dust and fumes.

Machines, Tools Equipment, Software:

Personal computer, fax machine, copy machine, other office equipment, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Visio), Microsoft Great Plains, or any other software systems required to perform the essential functions of the position.


The characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties that may be required for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this or similar positions and additional duties may be assigned.

Tidewater is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other protected characteristic.


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