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Insurer Relations Lead

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Simply Business is well prepared to deal with unprecedented events. We’re an agile business by nature – and our hiring and interview process is no exception. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some parts of our hiring process may take a little longer than usual.  Please bear with us, and rest assured that we're happy to hear from you and receive your application.

If it looks like you could be a good fit for the role, we’ll ask you to interview on Zoom – you’ll need WiFi and a laptop, or a 4G-enabled smartphone.

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. We're proud of our inclusive and supportive culture, and we're passionate about creating an environment where everyone's cultural backgrounds, skills, and perspectives are valued. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

We are looking for a Insurer Relations Lead to join us in London

Insurer Relations Lead you’ll:

  • understand and build in-depth knowledge of supply in our existing insurance market, working closely with internal stakeholders to understand new or changing demand for capacity to meet strategic goals 
  • maintain an insurer relations portfolio management strategy to deliver best commercial outcomes for customers, insurers and Simply Business
  • maintain best practice and embed alignment within the team
  • lead commercial negotiations with insurers to deliver best commercial outcomes 
  • maintain extensive contacts in the insurance market
  • lead, manage and develop a team of four by ensuring key strategic and delivery goals are understood and embedded into the team
  • work closely with the Commercial Lead (New Markets) to identify existing insurers that can support our ‘new tactics’ priorities
  • be a subject matter expert within the business, driving strategy

Responsibilities include:

  • line management for the team, setting targets, OKRs and development
  • accountability for a portfolio management strategy that delivers budgets and targets
  • resolution of any day-to-day issues that need insurer interaction 
  • managing capacity relationship for MGA on a day-to-day-basis
  • manage at least one key insurer relationship
  • accountability for the delivery of the best financial outcomes for the company across the insurer panel and in tandem considering best customer outcomes

What we’re looking for:

  • assertiveness – confident, self assured and calm in pressure situations 
  • negotiation – highly skilled, adept at achieving results in ambiguous circumstances
  • ability to interact with all levels of contacts in the insurance market and to build strong, effective relationships, based on mutual trust and delivery
  • ability to leverage a wide network of contacts within UK insurers, including InsurTechs
  • ability to generate awareness and obtain key stakeholder buy-in to commercial strategies
  • strategic – ability to identify future relationship approaches, or insurer services needed for Simply Business to deliver on its strategy or to mitigate increasing risk
  • creativity – adept at creating solutions and able to bring new ideas to support negotiations 
  • highly organised and capable of delivering team and personal goals through periods of uncertainty and pressure
  • ability to use own energy to motivate others – inside and outside Simply Business
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, lifestyle pot, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
These are available to all staff from your first day. Here’s the summary:

• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day
• an automatic enrolment pension (employer-matched at 5%)
• generous holiday entitlement
• life assurance – 4 x your basic salary
• a health cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• unlimited access to 24/7 virtual GP
• bupa nurse healthline
• employee assistance programme (EAP)
• eye care vouchers
• local discounts

The fun stuff
We also have a great deal more to pick and mix from, with things like:

• a full gym membership
• lifestyle pot (a pot of cash to be used against anything you want need: well being, personal development, hobbies or childcare costs)
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave (up to 5 days)
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance
• merlin pass
• taste card

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're trusted to get the right stuff done in the way that suits us best

Authenticity
We respect the uniques skills and perspective that everyone has

Simplicity
If we can make it simpler, we do, and if we can’t then we explain it so everyone can understand

Learning
We’re always learning, developing and improving, and helping others do the same

Pioneering
We lead with purpose and make things happen
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