Zurich, ZH, CH


Graduate Natural Hazard Specialist 

About Swiss Re

The Swiss Re Group 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. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime. The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally. It is organised into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group’s overall mission.


About the programme

We are looking for graduates with strong interpersonal skills, who are eager to learn and broaden their knowledge and expertise. 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 2020.

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’ll receive on-and-off-the-job training, including a job rotation that gives you the opportunity to work across different business units.



About the role

Are you striving to engage with your scientific background to advance natural hazard resilience with the help of insurance solutions? Do you strive on collaboration across different units and functions? Do you love to improve and define new solutions in an agile work mode?

We offer a position focusing on the junction point of science and its application in re/insurance. You will get the possibility to learn about and contribute to a topic at the heart of Swiss Re: evaluating and handling of natural perils insurance risks. It is a cornerstone of our success and our aim to foster societal resilience from climate risk.

You will build hands on experience in advancing Swiss Re's Natural Catastrophe (Nat Cat) models. You will engage in and ultimately lead projects to improve (Nat Cat) risk assessment, collaborate with a wide spectrum of internal and external teams and develop novel insurance solutions to increase resilience against catastrophes.

Your main responsibilities include:

  • You are accountable to build, improve and distribute the next generation of Nat Cat products, models and services in the region of Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
  • You contribute to our project agenda with a business mind set and ask the right questions to make sure we develop, improve and maintain Nat Cat models and service in the most meaning full way for the company.
  • You lead internal and external trainings and workshops in our field
  • You successfully lead virtual and local projects and project teams
  • You stay on top of the latest developments in the Cat model development world



About the team

We are the EMEA catastrophe perils (Cat Perils) team, which is part of the global catastrophe perils department. The Cat Perils department is responsible for Swiss Re’s global natural catastrophe risk assessment and related client services. It owns Swiss Re's global Nat Cat risk view. The department advances state of the art probabilistic and proprietary modelling technology for earthquakes, windstorm and flood hazards, with a clear business mandate to grow Swiss Re’s competitive edge in close collaboration with Swiss Re’s underwriters and clients. We are organised in three regional teams (North America, EMEA and Asia) and a cross-functional R&D team.

Your working location will be right in the center of Zurich. The EMEA team consists of professionals from a wide range of specialisations in natural science.

The experience you can gain in this position over time will open doors to other Nat Cat related insurance topics. It is a great opportunity to build an excellent foundation for a next career step.



About you

Do you bring with you the following assets? Then we are sure you are the addition to our team we are looking for.

  • Successfully completed master's degree or Ph.D. in natural sciences, data science, engineering or equivalent
  • You bring along strong overall computer skills. You have extensive experience in programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, R) and have a record in developing numerical and/or data analysis applications
  • Confirmed analytical skills are your traits while you don't lose track of the big picture
  • With you we win a great teammate, who contributes actively to our overall team spirit
  • You have strong presentation skills and excel in oral and written communication in English. We value the additional knowledge of languages as a plus.
  • You demonstrate strong interest in becoming an insurance/reinsurance expert
  • While you approach problems with curiosity and flexibility you are a fast learner and eager to take responsibility
  • High degree of own initiative and interest for interdisciplinary work
  • You have a high-level of curiosity and eagerness to scout for new ideas and transforming them into commercial value
  • You bring some project management experience and are willing to excel in this area
  • You bring a long an interest for the financial field and see this opportunity as a career advancement platform for a wider journey in the industry
  • You are mature & self-confident; Able to work with clients, strategic partners or senior colleagues


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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