Risk and Insurance Manager
As the name suggests, a risk and insurance manager is someone who analyzes the potential for accidents and other hazards. These managers are involved with drafting up plans designed to reduce risk and liability on all levels of company operations. The purchasing and acquisition of insurance are also overseen by risk managers. At the very least, such a manager will have a great deal of input into what is the best type of coverage a company procures.
Making suggestions and drawing up plans most certainly are not the only tasks the manager performs. He or she must also institute the policies in order to ensure effectiveness. In certain instances, the manager may have to institute revisions of policies so they protect and preserve the assets of a company. While not accountants, a risk and insurance manager also examines the costs associated with risk. Reducing risk reduces potentially devastating costs to a business. As such, risk-cost assessment is a critical function of this manager.
In certain industries, risk is unavoidable. A construction site, for example, is rife with many inherent risks. Managing these risks is never easy. Only skilled professionals with very keen insights into how to assess and curtail risk are up to such a task. In addition to becoming familiar with the insurance industry, it is necessary to gain experience in field related to chemicals, manufacturing, and other industries with high risk potential.
A bachelor's or master's degree in a business discipline along with a certification as a professional risk manager are extremely helpful to progress in this career.
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