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.

Katherine Chen, Data Science Manager China, Group Digital & Information Services, Beijing

 

“We’re smarter together” sums it up well: the people here really are very smart.

What path led to your current job?

After earning my PhD in computer science, I worked as a data scientist at two leading IT and Internet companies. I knew nothing about insurance or reinsurance at that time. When I started at Swiss Re, I quickly saw how my experience with machine learning and data analytics could contribute to solving problems in this more traditional industry.

How do you help make the world more resilient?

I help our underwriters quantify new risks as well as well-known ones, so we can support clients’ better. Take electric cars, for example. As ownership has grown, so has the demand for insurance that covers electric car batteries, which are very expensive. Due to the lack of historical data, this risk is uninsurable using traditional estimation approaches. With advanced machine learning and distributed computing techniques, we can build models that predict risks accurately from non-traditional information sources, such as anonymised big data on telematics and internet usage.

What has been your proudest moment so far?

I’m proud that our work in data analytics has enabled Swiss Re to become the first company to underwrite risks for new energy vehicles. Machine learning gives us a competitive edge in meeting clients’ needs.

What motivates you every day?

Swiss Re’s motto “We’re smarter together” sums it up well: the people here really are very smart. As a tech person, I can also learn new things every day, from what it means to have a commercial mindset to how to manage people and communicate more effectively.

 

Miriam Beltran, Property Facultative Underwriter, Reinsurance Latin America, Mexico City

"At Swiss Re, people are always ready to support each other."

What was the path that led to your current position?

I’ve always found my work in the insurance industry interesting. I joined Swiss Re more than four years ago, and my career has been very satisfactory. I started out in Technical Accounting in the Property & Casualty area, and over the course of two years, I had the opportunity to be part of the Business Services team, where I provided administrative support to underwriters. Last year, I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge and decided to take up a new challenge, this time as an underwriter.

What differentiates Swiss Re from other employers?

I would highlight that we are a real team, people are always ready to support each other. I'd also mention the willingness of everyone to share their knowledge and ideas across business areas and locations. Finally, at Swiss Re we are a global company. We live it day by day through our interaction with teams from different regions. I am currently in Mexico, but my team is in Colombia and Miami. It's amazing!

Could you share an example of the times you've left your comfort zone?

Considering all the different business areas I've worked in and my career at Swiss Re, I dare say I've never been in my comfort zone. I see challenges as opportunities. I like to learn new things and understand more in depth what we do in the company. That's why, every time I've had the opportunity, I've raised my hand to come up with new ideas or to participate in a project that interested me.

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.

Sara Li, New Partnership Manager, Life & Health North Asia, Beijing

"The different backgrounds and viewpoints of my colleagues inspire me every day."

What path led to your current job?

What attracted me to Swiss Re was its openness to innovation and tech. I believe that digital will transform the reinsurance and insurance industry, and I wanted to be part of that transformation.

How do you help make the world more resilient?

With our partnerships and data, Swiss Re can make insurance solutions more accessible, less complex and better tailored to our clients’ needs. Although I joined only recently, I’ve already been working on some partnerships which will allow us to offer even more customisation. Together with the fact that our solutions allow people to efficiently get insurance coverage online, this makes me feel I’m contributing to making the world more resilient every day. 

How is Swiss Re different from other employers?

At Swiss Re, diversity is lived at every level. The people I work with come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and I appreciate their different ways of thinking and viewpoints. I myself have online insurance experience, which I think helps me add value in a different way. Also, I like that Swiss Re really cares about employees and shows it, for example, by organising support for employees in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. And Swiss Re’s Own The Way You Work programme allows me to combine my duties as a mother with my responsibilities at work. I don’t take this flexibility for granted.

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. 

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