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Regional Chief Underwriter – Life Insurance

About Us:

General Re Corporation, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is a holding company for global reinsurance and related operations, with more than 2,000 employees worldwide. It owns General Reinsurance Corporation and General Reinsurance AG, which conduct business as Gen Re.

Gen Re delivers reinsurance solutions to the Life/Health and Property/Casualty insurance industries. Represented in all major reinsurance markets through a network of more than 40 offices, we have earned superior financial strength ratings from each of the major rating agencies.

The Australia and New Zealand Life team is seeking to appoint a dynamic individual to be based in their Sydney office as a Regional Chief Underwriter.

Your Role:

As Chief Underwriter you will have an analytical mindset and reputation as a “thought leader”. You will pro-actively promote change founded on evidence based analyses and the organisation’s goal to achieve an underwriting profit and sustainable products. You will lead a local team of experienced technical experts and work closely with local and global Claims and Actuarial teams to deliver accurate and timely underwriting of cases and enhance Gen Re’s reputation as an innovative reinsurer. Your commercial approach, exceptional client relationship skills coupled with your understanding of insurance and underwriting issues, will ensure you are known as an industry leader and trusted advisor to your clients as well as your Gen Re colleagues.

Job Description:

  • Identify out-dated and unfavourable underwring practices and processes and promote change through evidence based research.
  • Be a thought leader in new developments affecting the industry and underwriting approach.
  • Become and remain a recognised expert in Underwrting.
  • Lead a team of experienced underwriters and provide analysis and solutions on the most difficult risks and exposures in the marketplace.
  • Collaborate with Account Management, Actuarial and Claims on new business initiatives.
  • Develop and build strong client relationships.
  • Monitor industry trends and provide insights to your Gen Re colleagues and clients.
  • Participate in local and international project initiatives.
  • Work closely with clients and your Gen Re colleagues to create new solutions/products.


  • Degree qualified and/or equivalent insurance qualifications.
  • At least 10 years of relevant underwriting experience in a re/insurance company.
  • Strong influencing skills.
  • Strategic and commercial mindset.
  • Excellent judgement and courage of conviction.
  • Champion a results-focused collaborative culture.
  • Actively promote and drive a free flow of information both internally and externally.
  • Ability to make sense of complex, high quantity information to effectively solve problems.
  • Strong people leadership.
  • Travel is part of this role.

While our preference is for someone who fulfils the above experience criteria, we will consider exceptional candidates with less experience whom we deem capable of growing into the role.

Gen Re is an equal opportunity employer where each application is assessed on its merits. We are focused on maintaining a professional yet friendly work environment where contribution and effort are appreciated.

Does this sound exciting?

If you are interested in joining our successful team send your detailed resume via email to Human Resources to

More information on the Gen Re Group is available at


Human Resources

Our Address:

Level 20
1 O'Connell Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 (Australia) ABN 73 002 166 869

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