Armonk, NY, US


Senior Natural Catastrophe Specialist (Atmospheric Perils) 

About Swiss Re

The Swiss Re Group 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. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime. The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally. It is organized into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group’s overall mission.


About the role


As a member of the Catastrophe Perils team, you will join our efforts to develop state-of-the-art models used for quantifying physical and economic impacts of natural catastrophes. You will collaborate with internal partners and external organizations from various disciplines and craft solutions to reduce negative consequences of catastrophes. You will have opportunities to transition into a wide range of technical and non-technical roles and advance your career in the financial industry.


In your role as a Senior Natural Catastrophe (Nat Cat) Specialist with expertise related to atmospheric and/or climate driven perils, you will:

  • Own and advance our view of climate-driven risks in the Americas with a focus on hurricanes, severe convective storms, wildfires, droughts, and winter storms
  • Develop and apply insurance market expertise to support business units in underwriting, risk appetite and portfolio steering decisions
  • Contribute to Swiss Re's thought leadership on climate change impacts and act as a liaison between Swiss Re and the academic community
  • Lead in developing tools/technology for evaluation of exposures and losses from all types of natural catastrophes
  • Build and commercialize innovative insurance products and solutions to expand climate resilience in the financial sector
  • Collaborate with underwriting and engineering teams to review and assess vulnerability to atmospheric or hydrological hazards


About the team


The Catastrophe Perils team is responsible for Swiss Re's global risk assessment framework, its application in underwriting decision taking, and related client services in three locations across the globe. We are accountable for developing and disseminating Swiss Re's view of Nat Cat risk. To achieve this, we develop and utilize state-of-the-art probabilistic models for assessing impacts of natural catastrophes such as windstorms, earthquakes and floods. We operate with a clear business mandate to grow Swiss Re's visionary edge and competitive advantage in natural perils re/insurance in close cooperation with underwriters and clients.


About you


  • 3+ years of experience working in a re/insurance or modelling company with a focus on Nat Cat risk
  • Re/insurance underwriting or portfolio steering experience a plus
  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in meteorology; applied physics; atmospheric, climate, or other natural sciences; or a related technical field. Experience in state-of-the-art applied research in atmospheric perils or climate science a plus
  • Strong computing and programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python); knowledge about structured databases and geographical information systems a plus
  • Strong interest for career advancement in the financial industry
  • Highly motivated with an ability to effectively manage own time and priorities in a collaborative environment
  • High-level of curiosity to scout for new ideas and eagerness to transform them into products or services with commercial value
  • Strong communication and presentation skills and ability to explain complex problems with clarity and effectiveness
  • Excellent verbal and written English. Fluency in other languages a plus



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.


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