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Location: 

London, GB

 

Head Property & Specialty UK 
 

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.

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions offers a flexible working environment where curious and adaptable people thrive. Are you interested in joining us?

 

About Swiss Re
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions provides risk transfer solutions to large and mid-sized corporations around the world. Its innovative, highly customised products and standard insurance covers help to make businesses more resilient, while its industry-leading claims service provides additional peace of mind. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions serves clients from over 50 offices worldwide and is backed by the financial strength of the Swiss Re Group.

 

About the Role
In this role, you are accountable for delivering underwriting expertise and leadership for the UK country for Property & Specialty Lines. As the overall responsible Property & Specialty Portfolio leader for the country, which includes P&L responsibility for General Property, UK Engineering & Construction, you will work in close collaboration with the UK Country Head as well as the Regional Head of this line of business and other local/regional Stakeholders.

 

In UK, you will lead a team of highly motivated Property & Specialty professionals and promote Corporate Solutions' brand in the marketplace, be it at industry conferences, with Brokers and Clients, or with the media, if appropriate.

 

Leadership & Management

  • Lead a team of UK Property and Specialty underwriting specialists
  • Contribute to the recruiting and onboardings of new underwriters and facilitate local underwriting trainings
  • Actively develop UW talent base through recruitment, training, mentoring and skill development

 

Business Development & Growth Strategy

  • Implement country-specific Line of Business strategy
  • Lead, support and execute on initiatives in the country, e.g. International Program Business, Lean Underwriting, etc.
  • Identify new business opportunities to grow revenue and profitability, jointly with Customer and Distribution Leaders and other stakeholders
  • Perform annual business planning together with the local teams

 

Portfolio Steering

  • Assume overall accountability for the UK Property & Specialty portfolio profitability (EVM, US GAAP)
  • Continuously improve the quality of portfolio steering, analysis, guidance, tactical execution and monitoring
  • Monitor costing accuracy and propose changes where necessary
  • Adhere to underwriting standards
  • Perform referrals to Products Regional Line of Business for cases requiring higher underwriting authority

 

Product Development & Innovation

  • Initiate ideas for new products, respectively adjusts existing products to the needs of the country and enable roll-out
  • Enable cross-country UW knowledge transfer, including training and skill set development for the UWs

 

External representation

  • Represent the Line of Business towards external partners, i.e. clients, brokers, industry associations/conferences/panels, regulators, etc.
  • Lead and/or participate in key discussions with corresponding production sources in the market

 

Market Research & Analytics

  • Develop and distribute periodic market insight reports
  • Provide country access to market data and analytics; sources new data and assures regional market data is globally managed, maintained and improved


About the Team
You will report to the UK Country Head with a dotted line to the Head of Property & Specialty EMEA.
As a leader, you support talent development and are comfortable with enabling team members to take the next step in their career. You are positive towards navigating ambiguity and managing change.

 

About You

 

Underwriting expertise

  • Minimum 10 years relevant experience in underwriting of medium to large corporates including in a lead capacity
  • Deep technical and industry specialist underwriting skills
  • Ability to assess risks, coverages, terms and conditions of an insurance placement
  • Proficiency in the use of underwriting tools and ability to interpret and judge the results
  • Ability to deal with complexity and sometimes incomplete information
  • Ability to handle multiple deals in parallel without losing oversight
  • Portfolio management mindset

 

Market-facing relationship building skills

  • Strong broker and client network
  • Building relationships with clients and brokers
  • Client centric
  • Communication, Presentation and Negotiating skills

 

Leadership skills

  • Strong leadership and management skills, incl. project management
  • Ability to manage an underwriting team
  • Strong networking skills, excellent teammate including ability to foster cooperation with teams in different locations and business units
  • Ability to work in agile teams with data scientists and customer & distribution to incubate and launch new products

 

Personal skills

  • Analytical skills including data science and actuarial skillsets to assess complex risks
  • Is willing to perform under time pressure during peak activity renewal periods while ensuring adherence to processes and guidelines
  • Setting priorities and allocating own resources by defining the appropriate level of detail
  • High level of independence, initiative, accountability
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Solution and result oriented
  • Pragmatic, “can do” mentality


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

 

 

 


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