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Auto Physical Damage Specialist I/II/III -Santa Rosa,CA North Bay, CA Napa CA


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Do you thrive in a high-volume, fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy the challenge of a position where no two days are alike? We are looking for positive, high-energy professionals who are not just looking for a job, but a meaningful career!


At Farmers, our ambition is to be the leader in delivering peace of mind, innovating for customers whenever and wherever they need us. That means having people like you who can help us evolve to meet changing customer and business needs. Continuous development is critical to our success at Farmers; that means being curious, continually innovating, being open to new opportunities and embracing change. As the needs of our business and customers change, and you acquire needed experience, you may have opportunities to use your knowledge and skills in a different role. As you take on these new challenges, Farmers is committed to providing you with the necessary training and support along your career journey.


Workplace: Santa Rosa, North Bay and/or Napa, CA- Remote ( #LI-Remote )


Farmers believes in a culture of collaboration, creativity, and innovation, which thrives when we have the ability to work flexibly in a virtual setting as well as the opportunity to be together in person. Our hybrid work environment combines the best of both worlds with at least three (3) days in office and up to two (2) days virtual for employees who live within fifty (50) miles of a Farmers corporate office. Applicants beyond fifty (50) miles may still be considered.

Job Summary

  • Completes in-person or virtual vehicle inspections on repairable and/or total loss vehicles, establishes damages, and negotiates settlement of claims with customers and repair facilities.
  • Reviews and adjusts estimates from repair facilities, either direct repair or non-direct repair, and subrogation claims.
  • Negotiates settlement and manages rental on assigned claims.
  • Works independently and/or collaboratively with Claim Owners to investigate coverage and liability on a case by case basis.
  • Provides excellent service to internal and external customers.
  • May be assigned as Claim Owner on Tier 1 claims.

Essential Job Functions

  • Inspects and appraises damaged property and vehicles using claims estimating software and determines claims related damage.
  • Completes auto repair estimates or adjusts repair facility estimates.
  • Manages repair process and adjusts auto repair supplements.
  • Field CR’s will be required to make critical decisions on repair vs replace in addition to total vs repair at all times.
  • Issues payments on site when appropriate.
  • Completes vehicle total loss inspections/valuations.
  • Explains total loss process and settles total loss claims when appropriate.
  • Obtains total loss salvage release from policyholder or claimant and completes field clearing note before assigning to Salvage department, mitigating additional salvage storage costs.
  • Interacts/collaborates directly with policyholders, claimants, agents, repair facilities and attorneys to set appointments, explain damages and the repair process, and set expectations.
  • Effectively collaborates with claim owners for customer interaction and resolution strategy.
  • Appropriate communication with all entities associated with the claim and the repair must be established and maintained at all times to ensure parts are available and ordered on time to keep repair on schedule.
  • Confirms, explains, and applies coverage, assists with rental management, determines and reports on subrogation potential, fraud indicators, negotiates and issues claim payments.
  • Serves as a mentor to less experienced adjusters, and demonstrates leadership skills in the workplace.
  • Performs applicable administrative tasks (timekeeping, expense reports, etc.).
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education Requirements

High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred or an automotive related Associate of Applied Science degree from an accredited technical college, or the experience described below. Outside insurance education, e.g., CPCU or GCA is preferred.

Experience Requirements


  • Proficient negotiating skills.
  • Proficient in-person interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • 12 months of previous APD estimating experience required or consistent demonstration of technical proficiency.
  • Intermediate knowledge of body and mechanical repair/replace operations.
  • Proficient conflict resolution skills
  • Proficient critical thinking skills
  • Actively pursuing I-CAR Pro designation and other technical education

Special Skill Requirement

  •  Must have 2 years of Auto estimating experience


  • Farmers offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, qualifications and location.
    o CA Only: $27.42 - $39.66
  • Bonus Opportunity (based on Company and Individual Performance)
  • 401(k)
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Tuition Assistance
  • For more information, review “What we offer” on


Job Location(s): Santa Rosa, North Bay and/or Napa, CA

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Nearest Major Market: Santa Rosa
Nearest Secondary Market: Petaluma

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