Zurich, Zurich, CH

Business Development Manager - Graduate (Hybrid, m/f/x/d)

We are looking for graduates with strong interpersonal skills, who are eager to learn, broaden their knowledge and expertise and want to make a difference. You have a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree with up to 3 years professional experience – we invite you to apply to our graduates@swissre programme 2024.


The programme offers you the chance to join the dynamic, fast-moving world of a leading risk knowledge organisation. Over an 18-month period, you will receive on- and off-the-job training, including a job rotation that gives you the opportunity to work across different lines of business and departments.


About the Role
Did you know that reinsurance is also used as a Capital Management tool?


When you first think of reinsurance, risk transfer quickly comes to mind, sharing risk between insurers and reinsurers. While this is true, capital management considerations are equally important and drive decisions at our insurance clients. In Business Development (BD) we generate reinsurance leads and build value propositions that attract our clients, usually with a capital management perspective in mind. Together we engage on risk & capital management to craft transactions that make our clients more resilient. We co-develop impactful capital concepts and reinsurance structures. From Zurich, we serve markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa and work on European projects with colleagues in Munich and London.


In joining Business Development, you will gain a thorough knowledge of reinsurance and Swiss Re from a global perspective and across all lines of business. You will have the ability to develop further through the close collaboration with Client Markets, Structured Solutions and Underwriting


The key tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Analyze Solvency and financial disclosure and connect findings with qualitative research to develop client specific insights and hypothesis

  • Deliver high quality analytics and solvency simulations to demonstrate the value of reinsurance to our clients

  • Develop client pitches with a focus on how reinsurance benefits financial metrics

  • Be a key partner for transactions in cross functional teams, support planning, engagement and marketing activities for key client accounts and markets

  • Explore our clients' strategic challenges, changes in regulation and insurance market environment, to develop reinsurance propositions and origination strategies

  • As you grow, you will start to engage with clients on their needs and journey and will facilitate solutions in close cooperation with client management and related teams.


About the Team
In Business Development, we collaborate globally with locations in Asia, America and Europe and we are 100% client oriented. We comprise around 30 professionals with different cultural and educational backgrounds and have a strong commercial focus.


In Europe, we are impacting clients and markets with our work out of Zurich, Munich and London with most of our team based in Zurich. We are working in a good and concentrated atmosphere while having fun at the same time. You will benefit from the deep experience of our senior team members, who will train and introduce you to the world of reinsurances.


About You



  • You have successfully completed a Master or PHD university degree, preferably in Actuarial Science, Risk Management, Finance, or Accounting
  • You have gained some first experience in the broader re/insurance industry
  • You are keen to grow your knowledge in Solvency, Capital Management, IFRS and Structured Reinsurance
  • You have strong commercial sense, you see the opportunity rather than the hurdles
  • You are able to put yourself into your client's shoes and are an active listener
  • You are self-motivated, hardworking, analytical, proactive and able to work in a collaborative environment
  • You command excellent oral and written English skills, additional European language is a must
  • Advanced MS Office skills


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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. Combining experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise, we create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 14,000 employees across the world.

Our success depends on our ability to build an inclusive culture encouraging fresh perspectives and innovative thinking. We embrace 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 and their passion for sustainability.



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