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Tokyo, JP

Senior Contracts Specialist

Corporate Title: Vice President 

Division: CSB-Underwriting Bespoke (51002085)

Department: CSBO-Executive Office Bespoke (51002574)

Recruiter: Yoko Tezuka

Hiring Manager: Simon Atkins

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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, race, 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.



About the Role

We are seeking a Japanese [Senior] Contracts Specialist to join our Corso Contracts team. The role requires product development, licensing, legal and General insurance experience, including regulatory negotiation. The role will be based in Tokyo, Japan, but your work environment will be international.


We are looking for a motivated individual who:

•    Has
a legal or commercial General insurance background
•    Is a native Japanese speaker; proficiency in English and any further languages will be an asset
•    Has at least five years General insurance experience in the Japanese market
•    Has experience working with the full range of commercial insurance lines of business, especially Property, Casualty and FinPro

•     Has experience in supporting the development and licensing of new general insurance products, with legal advice on wordings (experience in international business (Global programs) and large and innovative risk transactions and structured solutions would be an advantage)

•   Has experience in insurance agency administration such as registration and inspection

If this description resonates with you, we encourage you to apply for this job.

The role will be responsible for reviewing and drafting insurance contract wordings and related documents mainly for the Japanese
General insurance market, with opportunities to support other Asia and global markets, as necessary.


Researching insurance contract law questions as well as Japanese (FSA) licensing and regulations, assisting in developing and communicating company positions on contract wording issues and training internal clients will be important parts of your role.


In addition, you will work closely and collaboratively with local Legal & Compliance and participate in reviews of business divisions to ensure compliance with internal Contracts processes and rules as well as with applicable law.


And you will have the opportunity to contribute to various local and global projects, including in the areas of digitalization and contract governance.


About the Team

We are a virtual and highly engaged team of Contracts Specialists located across Asia Pacific and globally. The Asia Pacific Contracts team is part of the global Contracts function and embedded in the underwriting division of Corporate Solutions. Our daily work consists of advising internal clients on insurance wordings and clauses for domestic and international insurance


We support Corporate Solutions' (re)insurance business (including international business), in the areas of property, casualty, and special lines of business such as director's and officer's liability, professional indemnity, energy, engineering and construction insurance. We work closely with our Underwriters, Client Managers and Product Experts and occasionally with external clients. Our mission is to provide legally sound yet pragmatic advice that enables high quality wording solutions for our clients. For that purpose, we openly share knowledge and engage closely with team colleagues as well as with other corporate functions, such as Legal, Compliance and Claims. In addition, we contribute to digital contract transformation and contract governance projects.


We are an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. Our aim is to live visible and invisible diversity – diversity of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical abilities, personalities and experiences – at all levels and in all functions and regions. We also collaborate in a flexible working environment, providing you with a compelling degree of autonomy to decide how, when and where to carry out your tasks.


Application Requirements

  • University degree(s) – preferably law
  • Fluency in both written and spoken Japanese (including legal and business terminology) and proficiency in English
  • At least five years' experience in an Underwriting, Broking, Claims, or Legal/Contracts role with an existing network in the local Japan General insurance industry
  • Good knowledge and understanding of insurance products and relevant industry and market customs and practices in Japan
  • New product development and licensing experience in the General insurance market in Japan
  • You must also:
    • Be an open-minded self-starter who can efficiently and proactively manage many tasks at once, meeting deadlines under pressure, and working flexibly and independently
    • Be a team player who enjoys working in closely-knit Japanese, Asia and global teams, collaborating with colleagues, being part of cross-functional teams and sometimes supporting internal clients in other jurisdictions and regions
    • Have an innovative, pragmatic and results-oriented 'growth' mindset; possess strong writing and analytical skills; be detail orientated; and possess strong interpersonal, communication, presentation and project management skills




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: 117042 


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