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Rory Kirkby- Underwriting Graduate Rory

Brit is a very inclusive and friendly place to work. There is a culture of helping new joiners as much as possible which is particularly useful for those starting work for the first time having left university or school. You work alongside a group of very talented people who emphasise that credit is always given to those who perform well.

My first rotation on Brit’s graduate scheme was in Property Treaty, a team that reinsures other insurance companies against catastrophic losses from major events, such as hurricanes in Florida, wildfires in California and typhoons in Japan. I also worked in Financial Institutions, which was an entirely different book of business. They protect the world’s major banks, asset management companies and other financial businesses from liability losses made against their directors and officers or losses stemming from internal criminal acts or professional negligence against their customers.

During my time in healthcare liability, I went through some of the biggest claims the class had experienced over a period of five years and coded them so that we were able to spot developing trends. This project went towards a publication by Brit that went out to the rest of the market called ‘finger on the pulse.’ It was a report demonstrating the court cases that produce the largest claims as well as the rise of social inflation.

As an underwriting graduate working in the dynamic Lloyd’s of London market is a unique experience. Listening to face-to-face conversations between brokers and underwriters allows you to develop your own knowledge effectively. I have also been studying for my ACII which is the main insurance qualification in the London market. Brit also highly encourages people to take part in various courses offered by the Lloyd’s Market Association or alternatively attend lectures and market updates in the Lloyd’s library.

LisaLisa Quach- Finance Graduate 

Working at Brit has enabled me to develop my knowledge of the Insurance market through the training offered and the support of everyone that I have been able to work with. Brit has a culture in which people are always challenging you to do better and encouraging you to find ways in which you can improve the way you work.

I had the opportunity to develop my knowledge and experience in various teams which has enabled me to gain a broad insight into the different aspects and roles within Finance. I was able to contribute to completing the returns submitted to Lloyd’s and involved in the production of financial statements. I have also completed rotations in the Investment Accounting and the Underwriting Accounting teams where I was able to develop my technical skills and overall understanding.

A key project that I have worked on included producing a new methodology for the Reinsurance premium process where I was able to build an improved allocation process. The previous process was inefficient and time consuming. Brit encourages you to study for a qualification so that you can progress in your career and offer training courses which are useful in helping you to grow. I am currently studying towards attaining my Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification.

Joe Unstead- Underwriting Graduate Joe

Since joining Brit I have been fortunate enough to work with many helpful and knowledgeable people from all areas of the business, which has aided in my professional development. I have gained a vast amount of experience in an underwriting function by working across several lines of business. Examples of the markets I have gained exposure to are Marine, International Liability, Energy, Casualty Reinsurance and Professional Lines.

By rotating around the company, my engagement in the day-to-day work has been supplemented with opportunities to work on various projects, while also forming broker relationships through the Lloyd’s marketplace. Overall, it has been a great experience where I have been given the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual.

MatthewMatthew Grottick- Claims Adjuster (former Graduate)

It’s an exciting time to be a young person at Brit, we have a very diverse workforce and those early
on in their careers are given opportunities to influence the future direction of the company. Brit encourage our involvement in key meetings and we are regularly given access to senior members of staff in order to pitch new ideas and provide honest feedback. It’s a genuine meritocracy, where age really is just a number and whether you’re 21 or 61, your voice is heard and you are treated with a great deal of respect.

One key thing that I’ve learned is that treating people with respect and actively working with others gets you furthest. It’s also nice to work for a company where we are encouraged to care about the community and the world around us. Whether it’s our work in Kenya, staunch commitment to equality or our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment.

The people at Brit are the most important factor in making this a great place to work. While we are a multi billion dollar enterprise, we still retain a small company vibe. The company has sports teams, weekly social events and a number of trips throughout the year that mean that the culture is very close knit. Although it sounds cliché, everybody is very welcoming, friendly and will always look to make time for you.

As a Graduate I rotated across a variety of claims teams, including accident and health. Claims in this team are particularly high profile, one minute you can be dealing with rock concert cancellations and next the latest injury to a Premier League footballer. The wide variety of classes, alongside the high profile nature of some of the claims, made this a particularly interesting placement.

While on the graduate scheme our Head of Claims tasked me with building a tool that aided in the prediction of the size of our US catastrophic weather events. I was given responsibility for running the entire project and trusted to design the process from start to finish. This tool is now in the process of being embedded across the group CAT response process.

From day one I’ve always been encouraged to take as many opportunities as possible to develop myself. Brit have given me the opportunity to go to a number of different conferences on a variety of topics and they also frequently run courses designed to enhance your knowledge and skills.

I also attained my ACII qualification which was fully supported by the company.