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Life/Health Underwriter

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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.

General Reinsurance, Madrid Branch (a subsidiary of General Reinsurance AG) is offering an opportunity for a Life Underwriter in our Madrid Life Health Department who operates alongside Gen Re Mexico to develop and maintain clients in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

Whilst ideally, we are looking for the successful candidate to be based in Madrid, we will also consider candidates based in Mexico.

Your Role

As a key member of the underwriting team, the successful candidate will predominantly concentrate on day-to-day technical underwriting as well as soliciting new business, handling of accounts and marketing activities. You will also be expected to administer, implement and promote all aspects of Gen Re underwriting philosophy and practice and to ensure that high levels of service are met and maintained.

Key responsibilities

Following a period of training, the role will comprise of the following:

Technical underwriting of Life and Health business.

This will include:

  • Understanding and applying Gen Re’s underwriting philosophy, rules and guidelines
  • Understanding underwriting tools, rates and pricing structures
  • Working within agreed authority limits
  • Providing technical underwriting advice (case handling) to Gen Re clients daily
  • Proficiency in understanding client contracts and policy terms and conditions
  • Ensuring clear, concise, and accurate documentation (internal and external)
  • Liaising with Gen Re Consulting Medical Officers
  • Developing and maintaining strong client relationships

Supporting the wider Gen Re team.

This will include:

  • Supporting company seminars, training and events
  • Participating in Gen Re medical underwriting training
  • Liaising actively with other Gen Re business units

The duration of the period of training will be determined by the candidate’s experience.

Your Profile

  • Proven experience in Life & Health risk assessment and underwriting during the last 3 years
  • University Degree
  • Confidence with learning new technologies
  • Solid use of technology and abilities to update underwriting tools
  • Confidence with Word, Excel and PowerPoint are essential for the role
  • High level of written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of other languages (Portuguese or German) are desirable

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong client relationship management skills
  • Ability to balance client needs against underwriting discipline
  • Solid use of technology and abilities to update tools
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills within a team environment
  • Friendly, approachable, professional
  • Flexibility to align to the continuing demands of the department
  • Flexibility around managing clients in differing time-zones.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Proactive approach to work
  • Uses initiative where appropriate and can work with minimal supervision
  • Analytical approach

Does this sound exciting?

If you want to shape your future with us, please submit your CV together with details of your salary expectations to with the subject “Life/Health Underwriter”.

Closing Date: 20th December 2021

Please note only successful applicants will be contacted.


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