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Beijing, 11, CN

China Program Leader


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?


The China team started the implementation of a revised multi-year strategy that will seek to make Swiss Re the number 1 foreign reinsurer in China. The focus will be on selected P&C and L&H risk pools and will require to grow, build or sustain our current market position.


 About the role

This position will report to the Head P&C Business Operations Asia and is responsible for overseeing the China Strategy execution and the management of the program management office, including the local as well as regional governance processes.


The key responsibilities are:

  • Lead the PMO for the Enhanced China Strategy Program Delivery
  • Mange the Regional Management Committees for P&C and L&H on the strategic direction setting, in very close collaboration with the China Management Committees for P&C and L&H
  • Ensure an agreed baseline and program roadmap is in place, and ensure the strategy implementation program is delivered on time and within budget, having achieved the targets as outlined in the business strategy
  • Manage and run the strategy execution steering and tracking framework, which includes project portfolio controlling on the investments against baseline and the related global approval process
  • Support the Strategic Risk Pool owners in the efficient formulation as well as effective execution of the strategy implementation plans, e.g. act as a coach as well as a challenger where required, with a focus to oversee the program implementation and project portfolio management
  • Lead the mitigation resolution of risks and issues to the China Leadership Teams and the Management Committees
  • Prepare presentations to senior management on the progress and status of the implementation
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with regional & global cross functional partners
  • Ensure effective communication and support the required change management of the strategy implementation
  • Run a lean program management office, supporting the Risk Pool Leads with an adequate support on project management and governance processes, own the underlying project controlling approach to ensure high quality management information is available to steer the program
  • Own the funding decision process for new FTE as well as non-FTE spending. Provide the required spending transparency (regional & global stakeholders) and act as challenger where required
    Interactions with key stakeholders:
  • Executive Stakeholders and Regional Management Committees
  • China Management Committees (Beijing Life, Beijing Non-Life, Beijing Leadership Committee)
  • Risk Pool Leaders (Strategy implementation leaders in the line organization and their teams)
  • Regional & Global support teams


About the Team

Strategy & Operations Asia is a team of out-of-the-box thinkers, who are responsible for a wide and diverse range of topics. We provide and improve the platform for the success of the Asia Region, by facilitating connections across functions, teams and initiatives. This is an exciting team for people who look for a challenge to grow, enjoy navigating ambiguity to develop new content to address strategic opportunities and challenges. Team members need to be working independently, highly motivated to work both autonomously and with diverse partners across the region and globally.
Our team members are located all over Asia, with a focus on our two regional hubs Singapore and Hong Kong.
About You 

  • Proven track record in similar roles in large programs, strategy implementation projects and change management programs with a large execution focus
  • 10+  years relevant experience and track record in managing a large program delivery, including hands on and leadership experience on program and project portfolio planning and controlling and executive communication
  • Able to lead high quality delivery under time pressure
  • Strong business orientation and client centricity, combined with a self-confident management style
  • Deep understanding of relevant project and program management frameworks, methodologies and disciplines (risk-/issue management, quality management, planning and scheduling, governance, scope management, agile and change management, etc.)
  • Financial acumen, understand cost and investment management principles
  • Proactive and very strong communication and presentation skills. Ability to explain a complex idea in a simple manner. Including excellent power point presentation skills
  • Strong capability to navigate ambiguity and keep moving forward despite uncertainty
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to focus on details without losing track of the bigger picture
  • Ability to navigate between high level executive and   detailed, technical conversations  
  • Consulting Background with proven delivery track record
  • Program, Project- and Change management certification (PMP, Lean Sigma, Agile (e.g. SCRUM MASTER), PROSCI, etc.) is a plus
  • Fluent in speaking, writing, and reading in English; Mandarin language preferred
  • Based in Beijing, and willing to travel as required

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