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Sr. Product Underwriting Counsel

Santa Ana, California

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Job ID R045080 Date posted Jun. 05, 2024 Category Underwriting Employment Type Full Time

Who We Are

Come join Sequoia, newly formed to re-imagine and digitize the title search and examination process through Big Data, AI, document automation and modern, cloud-native application development. As a market leading title insurance company, powered by the nation's largest and most complete property information, ownership and recorded document database, First American is committed to advancing title automation and removing friction from the real estate closing process. Our modern title decisioning solutions create certainty and speed through data and analytics, delivered to real estate agents, lenders, title agents and homebuyers. Join a team that puts its People First! Since 1889, First American (NYSE: FAF) has held an unwavering belief in its people. They are passionate about what they do, and we are equally passionate about fostering an environment where all feel welcome, supported, and empowered to be innovative and reach their full potential. Our inclusive, people-first culture has earned our company numerous accolades, including being named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for nine consecutive years. We have also earned awards as a best place to work for women, diversity and LGBTQ+ employees, and have been included on more than 50 regional best places to work lists. First American will always strive to be a great place to work, for all. For more information, please visit www.careers.firstam.com.

What We Do

Sequoia is looking for well-rounded, multidisciplinary thinkers who can blend the art of underwriting with the science of technology. We’re seeking candidates with range and intellectual diversity, who understand that 21st-century underwriting means synthesizing both quantitative, data-driven insights and qualitative, human-centered judgment into a holistic viewpoint. As a Product Underwriting Counsel, you’ll be responsible for identifying solutions to complex problems in collaboration with other Sequoia leaders from operations, product management, engineering, and design.

What You’ll Get to Do:

  • Work under the direction of the VP of Sequoia Underwriting, executing on our vision to leverage the best of humans and machines for the benefit of First American and its customers.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in other departments, building cooperative efforts to find the technology-enabled “sweet spot” where careful risk selection results in a profitable, compliant, 21st-century insurance business.
  • Shepherd the development of 21st-century underwriting talent, growing the skills of current team members, and serving as a talent magnet to attract more A+ level multidisciplinary thinkers to the Sequoia Team.
  • Work as co-developer of new technology, products, and services alongside technical and business-operations counterparts, helping to coach, translate, and explain complex underwriting subjects across cultural lines.
  • Advise leadership on strategy regarding the role of technology in title insurance and settlement services.

What You’ll Need to Do It:

  • Excellent ability to build relationships, generate empathy, and create rapport across a variety of different constituencies, from technologists to profit-center managers.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability or capacity to grow empathetic leadership skills, grounded in the philosophy of extreme ownership.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, with the ability to adjust communication style or method as appropriate for diverse audiences.
  • A strong understanding of (or experience in) modern product-development processes and user-centered design practices.
  • An expert-level understanding of the fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of real estate title insurance and settlement services processes.
  • Drive to be constantly upskilling and learning new areas relevant to the intersection of real property and technology.
  • Intellectual curiosity and an aversion to the status quo.
  • Demonstrated technical aptitude (e.g., working understanding of a software engineering language or technical requirement writing).

Desired Applicant Educational Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree; and
  • Law degree

Desired Applicant Experience or Professional Background:

  • 5+ years of law practice in the areas of real property or technology
  • 5+ years of title industry experience (particularly title search/examination or underwriting)

*Open to remote candidates*

Pay Range: $168,125.00 – 210,107.85 annually.  

This hiring range is a good faith and reasonable estimate of the salary range of possible compensation at the time of the posting, and is subject to change. The actual compensation offered will be determined by various factors, which may include a candidate’s education, training, experience, and geographic location. 


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What We Offer

By choice, we don’t simply accept individuality – we embrace it, we support it, and we thrive on it! Our People First Culture celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion not simply because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s the key to our success. We are proud to foster an authentic and inclusive workplace For All. You are free and encouraged to bring your entire, unique self to work. First American is an equal opportunity employer in every sense of the term.

Based on eligibility, First American offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401k, PTO/paid sick leave and other great benefits like an employee stock purchase plan.

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