Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the initial interviews for this job opening will be conducted via video or phone. We are looking to fill this role immediately.

Position Overview:

Wharton-Smith, Inc., a highly regarded General Contractor based in Central Florida, is seeking highly qualified candidates for a Director of Risk Management position. This position will ensure that Wharton-Smith complies with all risk obligations while analyzing and improving existing programs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Partners with executive leadership to decide on business policy for risk management and safety programs.
  • Develops and implements risk management procedures.
  • Implements, updates, documents, and manages risk management and safety initiatives that align with overall goals, including maintaining a competitive EMR.
  • Works with executive leadership and insurance broker in procuring appropriate insurance for blanket corporate policies as well as for project specific policies.
  • Negotiates terms and conditions with insurance professionals and makes recommendations to executive leadership.  
  • Oversees the administration of corporate insurance program, including property/casualty, professional liability, worker’s compensation, etc.
  • Manages claims handling functions and tracks progress of potential claims and claims (commercial general liability, builder’s risk, professional liability, worker’s compensation, etc.) until such claims are resolved/closed by working closely with project teams, executive leadership, and insurance carriers.
  • Communicates directly with attorneys on litigated claims and facilitates settlements at executive leaderships’ discretion.
  • Strives to reduce frequency and severity of current claims and potential claims.
  • Analyzes trends, stays current on new regulations and laws, and keeps executive leadership apprised.
  • Responds to risk related concerns and issues of internal and external stakeholders in accordance with the company’s risk tolerances and recommends proper loss prevention and loss reduction techniques regarding liability and risk issues.  
  • Prepares department budget and oversees expenditures.
  • Ensures contracts are negotiated in accordance with standards established and guidelines set my executive leadership to adequately transfer risk.
  • Provides guidance to department in negotiation of a wide range of contractual documents such as Owner Agreements, Subcontracts, Purchase Orders, Professional Services Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Teaming Agreements, DBIA Agreements, etc. as well as directly negotiate such contractual documents when necessary.
  • Recommends changes in policy and practices to establish and achieve goals and objectives related to risk management and to ensure compliance with federal, state, and regional laws and regulations.
  • Ensures reporting to various agencies is completed in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Works closely with executive leadership to support the timely and professional response to emergencies.
  • Coaches, supports, trains, and supervises employees in the department to encourage open communication, ongoing collaboration, and the formation of a functional, problem-solving team.
  • Help manage OSHA citation resolution process.
  • Represents the department at management team meetings.
  • Reports department milestones, benchmarks, and lessons learned to executive leadership.


  • Minimum 15 years of extensive risk management experience with at least five years of supervisory experience managing a Risk Management department.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution in risk management, industrial safety, public administration, or a related field.
  • Construction experience.
  • Professional certifications and coursework in risk management.
  • Strong understanding of indemnity provisions and transferring risk contractually.
  • Strong understanding of financing risk through insurance.
  • Extensive knowledge in risk prevention and risk reduction.
  • Extensive knowledge of OSHA standards.
  • Extensive program development skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, group training skills, and a solid grasp of technology used in a corporate work environment.

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Job seekers should be aware of potential job scams. Wharton-Smith will not ask candidates to pay money upfront, or provide banking information during the interview process. We will not ask a candidate to pay a fee for a background check, or to purchase work-at-home equipment or materials prior to starting work. We require a face-to-face interview with candidates before we make a job offer. For more information, please go to the Federal Trade Commission website.

In compliance with Federal and State equal employment opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, non-job related disability, or any other protected group status.

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