Meet Helen | Careers | Zurich Insurance in the UK

Meet Helen

Helen  

Role: Head of Underwriting Strategic Delivery

Business area: Underwriting

Find out more about Helen by clicking on the questions below.

What attracted you to Zurich?

From university I applied after seeing an ad in the local paper. It was a difficult job market so I was grateful for the opportunity. Once I’d joined I realised that it could be a career and quickly proved myself and moved up the career ladder.

What does your current role involve?

Developing and delivering strategy for the underwriting function.

What are the key skills required for your job?

For my role, I need the ability to influence and to work from a blank piece of paper, clear thinking, and knowledge of people and processes in underwriting.

What is the best/most rewarding thing about your job?

I can take it where I want it to go – I have free range.

Is there the opportunity for career progression?

Absolutely – I haven’t had a job for longer than 12 months since joining Zurich 15 years ago. In that time I’ve gained international experience and worked across different departments.

What does a typical day look like?

There are no typical days!

How does working for Zurich fit with your life/work balance?

I work part-time as I have two young children. I have a very supportive boss and have to be more flexible with getting work done but it works very well.