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Our business areas

Our businesses are made up of a range of different functions, employing people with a wide variety of skills. Find out a little more about some of these functions by clicking on a business area below.

Actuarial

The work of our talented and specialist actuarial team underpins nearly everything we do. From product development to financial management, the team are responsible for a range of strategic decision-making initiatives. We have teams in both our Life and GI businesses, spanning both Finance and Underwriting, with exciting opportunities for career development, including full study support.

Business Change and IT

Business Change & IT (BC&IT) provides high quality support and expertise to our Life and General Insurance businesses. The team use their expertise to deliver first-class project governance and IT assurance to our Life and General businesses, contributing to future success and growth. BC&IT plays an integral role in driving our businesses’ strategic priorities while also ensuring our systems are secure, stable and simple.

Claims

Our claims function is the largest department in our UK General Insurance business and it’s critical to ensuring we deliver a first-class service to our customers efficiently, professionally and with empathy. Our claims handlers deal with a whole range of situations, from stolen cars to flood-damaged businesses, and need to be able to work quickly with our customers to provide support at an often-stressful time.

Engineering

Zurich Engineering helps customers to identify, manage and control engineering risks in their business. Our highly trained engineer surveyors carry out inspections of plant and machinery to the highest service standards in our industry, helping our customers to comply with a wide range of legislation.

Finance

Finance has a wider remit at Zurich than in many organisations as it encompasses Financial Controlling, Risk and Controls, Tax and MFU Finance. Using their expertise and business insights, our Finance teams help us deliver our financial plans.

Life

Our UK Life business provides customers with protection, investment and pension products under the Sterling and Zurich brands. The business focuses on two main areas: supplying distributors with competitive products, and managing products we no longer market. The Life business aims to be known for delivering value to customers, distributors and shareholders through market leadership positions.

Marketing

Our marketing function is a dynamic and creative environment covering a number of areas that focus on delivering high quality communications for our business. Our marketing professionals engage across all parts of the Zurich business and with external partners.

Risk Engineering

Risk selection, pricing and improvement are fundamental to the success of Zurich. To do this effectively requires specialist expertise and understanding of the industries our customers operate in and the hazards to which they are exposed. Zurich’s in-house risk engineering team provide that expertise, which is something that sets us apart in the eyes of our customers.

Sales

The sales team is the face of Zurich. Without a successful sales operation, we could not achieve our financial plans. As well as generating growth through the acquisition of new business, our Sales team works to retain existing customers and to support the wider strategic initiatives of our business.

Supporting Functions

HR

In any organisation, people are the most effective agents of growth, renewal and inspiration. Making sure that Zurich has the people, the talents and the skills to make it succeed today and tomorrow is the work of human resources. The team works with each area of the business to meet its people needs locally, and to ensure a globally consistent approach to sourcing, managing, developing and motivating our people.

Risk, Audit and Compliance

As a general insurer operating in the UK, Zurich is subject to strict financial services regulations. Zurich has established robust systems and controls to ensure it meets its regulatory obligations. It is the responsibility of Risk, Compliance and Group Audit to provide assurance of their effectiveness. The teams perform a wide range of advisory, monitoring and audit activity, working closely with the business, to provide senior management with assurance that the control framework is operating effectively and remains fit for purpose.

Underwriting

Product Underwriting

Underwriting is the process of evaluating risk, and it’s therefore up to our underwriters to decide whether a risk is one that we are willing to insure and what we should be charging for it. Underwriting provides essential technical knowledge and expertise that helps us remain profitable.

Market Underwriting

Market underwriters identify and evaluate the risks and exposure levels of potential customers. They decide whether to insure a risk and, if so, for what premium. Our market-facing underwriters define our go-to market strategy and are responsible for quoting to our customers and ultimately closing a deal. By setting limits on our risk exposure, they make sure that the premiums we charge are profitable and correspond to the level of risk.