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Graduates

Welcome to the Hiscox graduate programme

Thanks for your interest in our graduate programme. This is where you might expect us to do a full-on sales pitch around what a great programme it is and what a fantastic business we are to work for.

So, who are we to disappoint!

If you want a graduate role that stretches and challenges; that has you doing real and useful work from the off; provides a structured learning programme developed to carve and polish your essential financial and business skills; and that sets you up for a rewarding career in insurance, then we’re a pretty good bet.

Our graduate programme puts you straight into the engine room of our business and provides you with the tools and knowhow to make a difference from day one.

As a rotational programme, you’ll spend time in your chosen specialism but will also work in other areas to make sure you gain a broader understanding of what we do and are equipped with the wide range of skills and knowledge you’ll need for a successful and satisfying career at Hiscox.

Up for a challenge?

There’ll be lots to challenge you but you’ll get great support too. Each graduate is matched with a senior sponsor who will provide much needed advice, guidance or simply a cup of coffee and a chat.  And you’ll be rewarded with a decent graduate package including full support for relevant professional qualifications. Did we also mention this is a superb place to work and while we expect great things from you, it won’t be at the cost of a healthy work/life balance.

What are the entry requirements?

You’ll have achieved (or be expecting to achieve) at least a 2:1 honours degree in the UK (or international equivalent) – do check the opportunities below as some of them require particular degree disciplines.

You’ll be able to speak and write fluently in business English, be numerate, and show strong interpersonal skills. By the start of the employment, you will have permission to work in the UK and you’ll be able to join the scheme in September 2022.

Applications for our 2022 UK graduate programme have now closed. If you would like to register your interest for our 2023 graduate programme, please email [email protected]

 

Our European graduate programme

You will join a cohort of graduates across our European locations and together with your peers in the UK, you’ll undertake a structured learning programme that will equip you with skills essential for your future career. Beginning with an induction week in London, your graduate programme will consist of a combination of virtual and in person training and will cover topics such as financial acumen and presentation skills.

Our graduate programme is designed to give you a broad understanding of our European business. In addition to your core role, you’ll take on two secondments in different teams – each secondment will be three months long and one will be in our Lisbon office. You’ll also spend time in our Luxembourg office learning about the regulatory environment that we operate in, and will have an opportunity to be involved in a European-wide project, such as developing a new product offering.

The programme is designed for maximum career impact. Throughout your time on the graduate scheme you’ll be supported by a senior level sponsor who sits on the European management team, as well as having regular access to the CEO of Hiscox Europe. Your time on the scheme will enable you to become a competent professional with a wide skill set and an understanding of our European business – equipping you well for future roles not just in your own team, but in our European business more broadly.

Open roles - Europe

You’ll start your journey in the German underwriting teams and learn all the necessary technical skills to asses and manage our risk portfolios across our German speaking markets. You will learn how to lead conversations with brokers and develop the ability to influence those discussions.

You will also gain a broader perspective on the behaviours and dynamics required to trade in different market conditions to optimise profit. Analysis of underperformance is critical to long-term success and this needs to be managed at a micro and macro level.

You’ll also be responsible for projects, representing the voice of Underwriting Operations across all departments. You’ll demonstrate courage and innovation by spotting process improvements, identifying how we can do things differently to improve the customer experience and drive profitable growth.

Your graduate experience and secondments will strengthen your big-picture view on how our business operates to enable companies and individuals all over the world to pursue bold goals with confidence, as we manage their risks.

What qualifications do I need?

You’ll have achieved (or be expecting to achieve) a degree with a grade point average of 2.5 or above in insurance, finance, economics, engineering or law – although we are open to different degree backgrounds.

You’ll be able to speak and write fluently in German and English – other languages would be an advantage, but are not essential.

The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in Germany.

You’ll be able to join the programme in September 2022. 

To apply, click the link below. 

Your main objective as a Claims Graduate is to deliver an efficient, high quality claims service in the field of professional indemnity claims, cyber and/or property claims. You’ll deliver on our promise to our clients and their brokers; whilst managing indemnity spend..

Your role includes the technical assessment of claims as well as direct communication and relationship management with brokers, third party experts and policyholders – your training on the graduate programme will support you in developing the skills to effectively manage internal and external stakeholders.

In addition to managing your own claims portfolio, you will have regular contact with underwriters and brokers to understand and improve the level and quality of service and our product response. You’ll be solutions driven and customer oriented – challenging the status quo and exploring different options to satisfy our customers. You will have the opportunity to participate in external events as well as to support our product development.

What qualifications do I need?

You will have achieved (or be expecting to achieve) a France Master’s degree in Law, Business/Management, Insurance, Risk, Cyber security or similar from a Grande École or accredited school or university (or international equivalent).

You’ll be able to speak and write fluently in French and English – other languages would be an advantage, but are not essential.

The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in France.

Applications for this role have now closed.

As a Marketing Graduate, you will be based in the Customer Acquisition team within Hiscox France, Direct (where we transact business directly with insureds online). The team contribute significantly to the successful performance of the company – demonstrating return on investment for the marketing spend by generating new business. The team’s key activities focus on customer acquisition and user experience, and expect growth and further investment over the coming year.

During your graduate programme, you will develop the skills and knowledge to monitor our online acquisition performance across our different activities – Search Engine Advertising (SEA), affiliate campaigns, display, social media etc. You will undertake data analysis and reporting so that we can optimise our Key Performance Indicators and push optimisation actions. This is a small team which means you’ll get exposure to the full range of the team’s activities and lots of interaction with a range of teams and individuals across the wider business.

As part of your role, you’ll get the opportunity to lead projects such as benchmarking our competitors’ digital strategy, as well as contributing to the development of various other internal projects (new Customer Relations Management approach, marketing automation, lead nurturing strategy, sponsorship etc).

To develop your understanding of our business, you’ll spend the first six months of your graduate scheme in an underwriting team in Paris, learning about our products and the technical dimensions of the work of an underwriter. This will equip you with a valuable business perspective before you join the Customer Acquisition team. You’ll experience at least one other secondment in the wider European business which will add to your skills and knowledge as a marketing professional.

What qualifications do I need?

You will have achieved (or be expecting to achieve) a Master’s degree related to Marketing, E-business, Business/Management or an analytical discipline from a Grande École or accredited school or university.

You’ll be able to speak and write fluently in French and English – other languages would be an advantage, but are not essential.

The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in France.

Applications for this role have now closed.

Underwriting is about risk analysis and selection, trading, creativity and innovation. At Hiscox, underwriters use judgement, skill and experience to assess, accept or decline risks in line with our underwriting philosophy. They offer flexible and attractive underwriting solutions to customers, partners and brokers, and undertake account and performance analysis for lines of business and brokers or partners to ensure profitability.

Our underwriting community is spread across a variety of product lines and areas of specialism. Underwriting is a great place to start your career in the insurance industry and now is a great time to join Hiscox Spain, as we experience lots of growth.

You’ll join the Technical Underwriting Team and will develop a full understanding of underwriting basics and principles, gaining underwriting authority in at least one of our key business lines. You’ll use your analytical and critical thinking skills, learning how to assess risks and make underwriting decisions.

You’ll be a strong communicator with good interpersonal skills, and will build on these skills as you learn how to trade with our brokers and partners in both different market conditions. Trading is a key part of the role and you’ll be interested in working in sales and liaising with clients.

This is a great opportunity to start your career in a role where you will make tangible contributions to your team from day one. You’ll interact with a range of experienced colleagues and senior managers in an environment where having the courage to say what you think is not only actively encouraged, but is central to how we run our business.

What qualifications do I need?

You’ll have achieved (or be expecting to achieve) an excellent degree – business administration, insurance and law disciplines are desirable, although we are open to different degree backgrounds.

You’ll be able to speak and write fluently in Spanish and English.

The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in Spain

To apply, click the link below. The closing date for applications is 30th May 2022.

Underwriting is about risk analysis and selection, trading, creativity and innovation. At Hiscox, underwriters use judgement, skill and experience to assess, accept or decline risks in line with our underwriting philosophy. They offer flexible and attractive underwriting solutions to customers, partners and brokers, and undertake account and performance analysis for lines of business and brokers or partners to ensure profitability.

Underwriting is a great place to start your career in the insurance industry. You will develop a full understanding of underwriting basics and principles, gaining underwriting authority in at least one of our key business lines. You’ll use your analytical and critical thinking skills, learning how to assess risks and make underwriting decisions.

You’ll be a strong communicator with good interpersonal skills, and will build on these skills as you learn how to trade with our brokers and partners in different market conditions. Trading is a key part of the role and you’ll be interested in working in sales and dealing with clients.

This is a great opportunity to start your career in a role where you will make tangible contributions to your team from day one. You’ll interact with a range of experienced colleagues and senior managers in an environment where having the courage to say what you think is not only actively encouraged, but is central to how we run our business.

What qualifications do I need?

You’ll have achieved (or be expecting to achieve) a Bachelor degree in insurance, finance, economics, engineering or law – although we are open to different degree backgrounds.

You’ll be able to speak and write fluently in Dutch and English. The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the Netherlands.

To apply, click the link below. The closing date for applications is 30th May 2022.

 

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