We could tell you what it’s like to work at Swiss Re, but we'd rather let our colleagues do that. Meet some of our people as they explain what they love about working at Swiss Re and much more.

Michael Bacon, Regional Head Principal Investments & Acquisitions Americas, Armonk

     "I take pride in working for a company with such an important mission in the insurance ecosystem."

What path led you to your current job?

I worked in investment banking before moving to the insurance industry. A headhunter’s call drew my attention to this opportunity at Swiss Re, and I’m very glad I took it.

How do you help make the world more resilient?

My team identifies, evaluates and invests in insurance-related businesses and makes acquisitions and divestitures that support our business unit and Swiss Re as a whole. We contribute to resilience in both these roles. On the investment side, we put capital to work for insurance businesses all over the world. On the acquisitions side, we find the best ways to deploy capital to fuel Swiss Re’s own resilience-building activities as a reinsurance company.

How is Swiss Re different from other employers?

Swiss Re has a modern sensibility for an insurance company, especially in terms of diversity and work-life balance. Urgent tasks can pop up for me anytime, but I have the flexibility to work on them remotely while accompanying my son – who is a competitive athlete – to sports events all over the country and even abroad. Relative to some other places I've worked, Swiss Re offers a more convivial work culture where gentility, maturity and professionalism are the norm.

What motivates you every day?

Three things. I’ve already highlighted two of them – the work itself and being part of Swiss Re. The third is my team mates, who are energetic, enthusiastic about our mission and many of whom are relatively new to Swiss Re. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds, which keeps us all on our toes and makes us a better team. 

Rahul Jain, Head Robotic Automation Centre of Excellence, Bangalore

     "It feels good when a colleague expresses thanks for a solution you built."

What path led you to your current job?

After earning my masters in finance and business administration and credentials in accounting and Six Sigma, I went into investment banking. That's when I became interested in the sheer volatility of the business and how it depends on pretty much everything happening in the world. The chance to take a robotics-focused role at Swiss Re nicely fit in with my goal to enhance my skills in robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.  

How do you help make the world more resilient?

In my team, we develop robotic automation solutions that spare people having to perform repetitive, manual tasks. We make the world more resilient by enabling our colleagues to focus
on building Swiss Re's knowledge and using it to help clients manage their risks. 

How is Swiss Re different from other employers?

Swiss Re is more open to technological innovation in day-to-day business operations than other finance and insurance companies, investing in areas such as machine learning, advanced analytics for modelling and decision making, cognitive automation and AI. It also offers an unusual amount of flexibility. Everyone in my team may work from home as long as others know how they can be reached. Our hours are also flexible, depending on the project and the need to interact face to face. I myself leave the office at about 3:30pm to avoid peak traffic and work from home thereafter. 

What has been your proudest moment so far?

One moment which comes to mind is a project where we created a robot “farm” that performs an entire reconciliation process. The robots interact seamlessly, downloading general ledger accounts and bank statements, applying complex business rules and uploading unreconciled items to the right system in digestible form. After implementation, our colleagues noticed just one change – the huge amount of time and effort they saved. 

Iveta Gasparova, Medical Officer, Life & Health Products Centre Bratislava

     "What gets me up in the morning? Working in a very good team."

What path led you to your current job?

I joined Swiss Re last June and am new to the industry too. As a medical doctor with a PhD in genetics, I never would have thought that
I’d work at an insurance company. But I always enjoyed the theoretical side of medicine more than clinical work, so my move to this role made sense. As a Medical Officer, I contribute to the evidence-based risk assessment, support our underwriters and participate in educating them and our clients on medical topics.

What part of your job do you find most meaningful?

In Life & Health, our clients sometimes ask us to underwrite their clients, such as when a risk exceeds a financial limit pre-defined
in their insurance policy or when the case is more complicated. People who have rare diseases with a high mortality risk, for example, used to be uninsurable. Now they can get life and disability coverage thanks to special products developed by Swiss Re. I’m glad to be a part of that progress.

How is Swiss Re different from other employers?

I worked in a genetics lab and before that in a hospital. What I like about Swiss Re is the atmosphere, which is open and social. I work in a virtual team of experienced medical doctors from whom I can learn something new every day, and I sit with a multinational team of young, energetic underwriters in Bratislava. Another difference: Swiss Re’s offices are a lot nicer than a hospital or a lab!

Do you take advantage of Swiss Re’s flexible work practices?

Yes, definitely. This was one of the most exciting things about joining Swiss Re. When my workload is lighter, I can take off the extra hours I work during busy periods. And when I need to focus intensely on a certain task, I like having the option to work from home.

Stefan Kindler, Head Insurance and Propositions iptiQ EMEA Property & Casualty, Zurich

"I think I have the coolest job ever." 

What motivated you to join Swiss Re?

I first got to know Swiss Re while working at a consulting firm. From that experience, I knew I liked the working culture and the business, so coming on staff felt natural. My first role at Swiss Re was in Group Underwriting looking at new business models and innovation opportunities in the digital space. Recently, I moved to a similar role in iptiQ, where we’re expanding the Group’s white labeling approach into Property & Casualty. My job is to help build up the primary value chain, increasing our understanding of the risks consumers face and our access to this risk pool. It's really pioneering work – which I love.

How do you help to make the world more resilient?

I'm working on making insurance solutions more accessible in every sense. Through digitalisation we aim to ensure that people can easily find their way to an insurance solution that meets their needs. So we're helping close the protection gap.I find that very inspiring.

What makes Swiss Re different from other employers?

Definitely the people. Everyone here is smart, open-minded and an expert in what they do. Teams run smoothly. Also, I find the topics Swiss Re focuses on when it comes to digitalisation especially interesting. Last but not least, the culture at Swiss Re is very open to innovation. There are many opportunities to shape your job so it fits you and your passions. Employees here  go the extra mile because we have room to experiment, challenge and have a real impact.

Yanina Aguilar, Senior Client Manager, Public Sector Solutions, Mexico City

 

"To be honest, I love to go to the office."

What path led you to your current job?

I worked as an engineering underwriter at another company before joining Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in 2015. Then, last year, I was offered an interesting new opportunity in the Public Sector Solutions team, which was a totally new world for me. It was a big leap – from a technical role to a commercial one, from dealing with private sector clients to public sector partners and from working mostly behind the scenes to having high exposure inside and outside the organisation. But the leap was worth it.  I love the job I have now. 

What makes Swiss Re different from other employers?

Our solutions improve lives, and you can’t say that at every company. What’s also special about Swiss Re is people’s willingness to share their knowledge – something I’ve noted across the whole organisation. It really motivates you to be part of this family by doing the same. Finally, the flexible work practices make it possible for me to pursue post-graduate studies – not to mention avoid Mexico City´s rush hour traffic!

How do you help make the world more resilient?

Swiss Re isn´t a non-profit organisation, obviously, but everyone here knows they’re collaborating to build resilience. In Public Sector Solutions, we support governments, development banks and state-owned enterprises to better manage their risks, such as natural catastrophes, agriculture, shortfall energy and infrastructure financing. I focus mostly on helping local and federal governments in South America and the Caribbean mitigate, prevent and react in the best possible way to climate change.

What motivates you every day?

It´s pretty simple: I enjoy working here. I have friends at the company, a good relationship with my manager and lots of opportunities to learn from and exchange with kind, professional people in my immediate team and across the globe.

 

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