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Johannesburg, GT, ZA

Head Property & Specialty Underwriting South Africa

Imagine a role where every day you get to use your leadership skills together with business expertise. With passion for people, you help us coach & mentor highly skilled underwriters. You also support our objectives in our direct insurance business.


About the Role

We offer you an outstanding opportunity to lead our Underwriting team in CorSo function which will give you a big exposure to the market and wider senior management.


You will:

  • Craft the South African and Pan African underwriting business strategy with the CEO with focus on building a profitable and sustainable book of business.
  • Own the annual business planning/budgeting process
  • Improve quality of portfolio by monitoring & steering, performing data driven analysis, guidance, tactical execution
  • Represent CorSo with external partners, i.e. clients, brokers, industry associations/conferences/panels, regulators, etc.
  • Actively develop your UW team
  • Triage new submissions and find opportunities to position Swiss Re Corporate Solutions on programmes at the earliest possible stage.
  • Underwrite the business. Assessing the risk, coverage, terms and conditions. Rate the business within the available rating tool landscape.
  • Negotiate with clients and brokers in collaboration with the client manager.


About You

If you bring strong communication & negotiation skills with good market knowledge and network, this role is for you!



  • Minimum 8+ years in underwriting at a senior level with knowledge in Property, Mining, Construction and Engineering Underwriting in Insurance and/or Broking.
  • Strong leader, able to engage, coach, mentor and motivate people
  • Deep understanding of portfolio management, risk selection and underwriting practice (including risk management, industry assessment, client risk appetite and rating methodologies)
  • Solid understanding of policy language, coupled with ability to interpret the structure of insurance contracts and challenge clauses where necessary, drawing on market knowledge
  • Exposure to working in the broader African markets


Preference will be given to Employment Equity candidates.


About Swiss Re Corporate Solutions 


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

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions is the commercial insurance arm of the Swiss Re Group. We offer innovative insurance solutions to large and midsized multinational corporations from our approximately 50 locations worldwide. We help clients mitigate their risk exposure, whilst our industry-leading claims service provides them with additional peace of mind.

Our success depends on our ability to build an inclusive culture encouraging fresh perspectives and innovative thinking. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions embraces a workplace where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and develop professionally regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, skillset, thought or other characteristics. In our inclusive and flexible environment everyone can bring their authentic selves to work.



Reference Code: 123589 



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