Zurich, ZH, CH


Lead Weather Related Perils (80 - 100%) 

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 Role

As the Lead Weather Related Perils you are responsible for our view of risk for extra-tropical cyclones, severe convective storms and other weather related perils (beside tropical cyclones) across the globe. The role provides an opportunity to work at the forefront of Nat Cat research and innovative approaches to deal with secondary perils, connecting your scientific know-how and work experience with our business needs. You can contribute and inspire with the latest atmospheric science and lead the team to adjust our view to the impact of climate change.


Your main responsibilities include:

  • Enable our global underwriting teams to take successful risk decisions for weather related perils in the ever more important high frequency/secondary peril space. Develop novel risk assessment approaches for such perils like torrential rain, wildfire, drought, snowfall not covered by traditional cat event modelling.
  • Own and advance our view of risk related to extra-tropical cyclones, severe convective storms and other weather-related perils (droughts, wildfire, torrential rainfall), climate change and ensure global consistency thereof. Continuously ensure and improve alignment of re/insurance portfolio outcomes with our model assessments.
  • Follow and contribute to the state-of-the-art atmospheric science and cat modeling expertise in the insurance market and academia and transfer it into business decisions.
  • Training, mentoring and coaching of colleagues with a meteorological or engineering background in our organisation to develop loss model content.
  • Support regulatory or risk management analyses in your area of expertise
  • Define our R&D agenda together with the regional teams and collecting needs from business units.
  • Guide and execute R&D projects together with cross-functional teams.
  • With increasing experience, you'll be able to branch out to other Nat Cat insurance solutions and you build an excellent foundation for a next career step in a role closer to the operational business activities in our global organization.


About the Team

  • We are the 'Cat Perils' team and responsible for quantifying the global natural catastrophe risk of Swiss Re. We advance state-of-the-art probabilistic and proprietary loss simulation technology for earthquakes, storm and flood hazards, with a clear business mandate hand in hand with Swiss Re’s underwriters and clients.
  • Cat Perils is organised in three regional teams - North America, EMEA and Asia - and a cross-regional R&D team. You will become part of the R&D team, in which we design the overall R&D agenda and coordinate related initiatives and activities.
  • The team consists of specialists in a wide range of specializations in natural science, engineering and statistics.
  • You will be located in our headquarter in Zurich.


About You

  • You bring a high-level of curiosity for the re/insurance industry and eagerness to scout for new ideas and transform them into business value.
  • You have more than 3 years of experience working in a re/insurance or a modelling company with a focus on Nat Cat risk, ideally with re/insurance underwriting on-the-job experience.
  •  You have completed a master's degree in meteorology, atmospheric or climate sciences, applied physics or other natural sciences providing profound education in atmospheric sciences. Experience in state-of-the-art applied research in atmospheric perils and higher university degrees are a plus.
  • You excel in project management and can demonstrate being in a lead project role on numerous occasions.
  • You have a track record and like coaching and mentoring more junior colleagues and team members.
  • You have experience with developing, evaluating and using probabilistic risk models of atmospheric perils, preferably in the context of reinsurance risk evaluation.
  • You are an excellent programmer (Matlab (preferred), Python, R) and knowledgeable with structured databases and geographic information systems.
  • You keep a sound professional network within academia and the Nat Cat modelling community.
  • You who excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • You have excellent oral and written command of English (additional languages a plus)
  • You are eager to assimilate knowledge and concepts that you have not developed yourself but inherit from previous external or internal research. You excel adopting exciting concepts by adding your own research.


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

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