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Head of Underwriting

London, UKManaging General Agent (MGA)Full-TimeUnderwriting

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Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability.

Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people.

We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea.

It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 500,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA.

Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working  life that helps us thrive, not stick. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey  to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

You’ll join the team that’s responsible for running the Managing General Agent (MGA) at Simply Business. We’re an in-house insurer, supporting the business with a range of products to sell on the Simply Business panel. We’re also an internal innovation hub, testing new ideas we think our customers might like. You’ll be joining our team of underwriters and analysts at an exciting time of growth and development of our MGA. We’re a growing team with big ambitions, which means you’ll have a broad range of responsibilities and the opportunity to learn how insurance businesses really work. This role is a standalone opportunity develop a new book of business.  You will have considerable scope to shape the role in its entirety.

As Head of Underwriting you will:

  • Own all aspects of underwriting decision making for the Canadian market setting all segment management strategies & roadmaps
  • As a new opportunity you will have a lot of freedom to define and develop the proposition, how it will work and how it will develop, the successful candidate will grow the account to lead to the management of a wider team
  • Utilise the skills and experience of the existing MGA team to develop a product, wording, acceptance
  • You will work closely with the Managing Director - MGA on securing capacity and developing a strong working relationship with the selected carrier.
  • On an ongoing basis own and manage both internal and external relationships with key stakeholders, building strong and credible relationships with other key supplier contacts
  • Underwrite at a macro level a range of commercial SME products
  • Be as comfortable stepping into projects to help change both MGA processes and Simply Business as a whole as you are underwriting a book of business
  • Provide support, and be a sounding board for other members of the team in their day to day work
  • Occasionally travel to other locations (including internationally) as needed by the role.

Responsibilities include:

  • Development for overall segment & portfolio performance. 
  • Ownership and definition of the roadmap for the Canadian underwriting function within the MGA team.
  • Driving through and managing the prioritisation of changes with other areas of the business to ensure the accounts are performing in line with targets
  • Recruiting a new underwriting  team, you’ll be responsible for supporting other team members in their own development, as well as problem solving. 
  • Ensuring the processes and governance are in place for us to manage our products in a compliant and fair way, meeting regulatory requirements. 
  • Defining the process requirements to meet regulatory requirements
  • Working with product teams around the business to realise our MGA strategy.

What we are looking for:

  • Commercial lines experience, with strong experience of managing and controlling the mechanics of a portfolio of business. 
  • Experience of running books of business from start to end, including negotiation of commercials, process and performance management. 
  • A dynamic, enthusiastic and confident person who possesses the intellect, approachability and personality to influence and gain credibility internally and with our insurer partners
  • Someone who is as comfortable in the detail as they are thinking about the bigger picture
  • Someone who brings a fresh perspective, who will challenge insurance industry norms 
  • A natural innovator, bringing ideas to drive growth and improve efficiency
  • A strong contributor towards a good team becoming a great team. People management experience is preferred. 
  • A dedication to delivering the maximum impact with the minimum effort, releasing value early wherever possible, creating a sense of urgency and momentum
  • Is passionate about what they do and is excited about the way we work
  • Leadership skills to influence our direction, decisions and execution
  • Someone who demonstrates ownership, responsiveness, and commitment to see tasks through to the end.
  • Someone who is able break down complex concepts into easy to understand ideas for varying audiences.
What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership or gym subsidy, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday, or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day, generous annual leave
• life assurance (financial cover for your family, should the worst happen)
• a cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• an automatic enrollment pension (employer-matched at 5%) 

The fun stuff
We also have a great deal more to pick and mix from, with things like:
• a full gym membership
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.

Our values

Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering.

In practice, these will mean something unique to every  person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

Empowerment
We believe in our people and the positive impact they can have so we enable everyone to stretchthemselves

Authenticity
We celebrate diversity, avoid jargon and genuinely care about helping small businesses thrive

Simplicity
We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customerstime andeffort

Learning
We’re never done learning about new possibilities and act to explore them

Pioneering
We’re obsessed with finding new ways to create even better  experiences
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