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Armonk, NY, US Schaumburg, IL, US Kansas City, MO, US Chicago, IL, US

Portfolio Manager, North America Liability


Portfolio Manager, North America Liability 

About Swiss Re

Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime.

At Swiss Re we combine experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise to create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of our 15,000 employees across the world.

We offer a flexible working environment where curious and adaptable people thrive. Are you interested in joining us?


About the Role

As Portfolio Owner for the North America Liability, you will act as Deputy Chief Underwriting Officer for this line of business. Your main responsibilities include: 


  • Lead and own the strategy, execution, steering and results for the North America Liability and be the go-to person for all relevant portfolio matters. This includes an active role in decision making for large transactions relevant to the portfolio.

  • Act as spokesperson for the portfolio with strong collaboration across the organization throughout the year. Communicate with all stakeholders and foster collaboration across the organization. 

  • Oversee the business through the lifecycle, from planning to run-off. Manage the portfolio sustainably including growth & optimization plans. This includes strong alignment and collaboration with underwriting desks as well as costing and reserving actuaries.

  • Facilitate and conduct client audit activity relevant to and critical for sustainable success in North America Liability

  • Be visible in the market through client interaction and industry events.

  • Be a member of the Hub Leadership Team to guide strategy, talent, tactics and engagement. 

  • Ensure collaboration with Solutions and Transaction teams, targeting and managing the business they produce to align with our portfolio goals 

  • Define ambitious goals and show tangible actions that demonstrate ownership, both for new business and in-force book; understand portfolio priorities in multiple dimensions (profitability, growth and risk) 

  • Lead a diverse Portfolio Cross-Functional Team (XFT) that helps in providing timely, relevant and actionable portfolio information 

  • Deliver a high-quality Strategic Portfolio Plan including forward looking views on key risk pool metrics (exposure size, loss frequency, loss severity, premium rate) 

  • Develop and review the portfolio strategy at least once a year with a panel of senior executives and adapt it, if necessary. Ensure the strategy is communicated transparently to all relevant stakeholders using the Strategic Portfolio Plan


About the Team

We recently announced Swiss Re's future journey in reinsurance for US Casualty business. We have developed a strategy that will generate new excitement for our dedicated underwriting teams and enable us to generate economic value. The strategy will bring fundamental and radical changes across the value chain. We will create a framework that will allow us to dynamically steer our US Casualty book based on three key elements Brilliant Underwriting Basics, Superior Data and Dynamic Steering. 

To turn this strategic vision into motion we are looking for a Portfolio Owner with responsibility for the North America Liability book of business. The role will report directly to the Head Underwriting Casualty US & Canada. 

About You

  • You are a thought leader in the area of North America Liability with an in-depth market understanding, including trends, cycles and dynamics. Experience with portfolio management and ownership is desirable.

  • You have 10 or more years of experience in North America Liability, preferably with some primary insurance experience

  • You have a track record in leadership to shape strategy, drive decision making and develop talent.

  • You have strong communication skills to deploy and oversee the portfolio strategy internally and articulate externally

  • You have an open, curious and strategic mindset and are equipped with the ability: 
             to take data-driven, forward-looking views of your risk pool 
             to spot and capitalize on (sub)portfolio opportunities, fully exploiting Swiss Re's top down steering capabilities
             to actively contribute to Swiss Re's outperformance versus the market and thus, shape our market distinctiveness 

  • You have a strong sense of ownership & accountability and a clear track record of impactful leadership & execution



Swiss Re is an equal opportunity employer. It is our practice to recruit, hire and promote without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, pregnancy, sexual orientations, marital status, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Decisions on employment are solely based on an individual's qualifications for the position being filled.

During the recruitment process, reasonable accommodations for disabilities are available upon request. If contacted for an interview, please inform the Recruiter/HR Professional of the accommodation needed.


Reference Code: 92218 



Nearest Major Market: White Plains
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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