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.

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.

 

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. 

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.

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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