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Commercial Reserving Lead

Req ID:
R-16962
Category:
Actuarial
Location:
London
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We are Direct Line Group – home to some of the country's best-known brands including Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege, Greenflag, Farmweb, and NIG. As Britain's leading personal motor insurer, and one of the UK's leading home, travel, rescue, pet, and commercial insurers, we serve millions of customers across the UK! Direct Line has a heritage of innovation, redefining the broker-led insurance market by becoming the first UK insurance company to use the telephone to sell insurance directly to customers. And we've continued to change as the market and customer preferences have evolved.

Our vision is to create a world where insurance is personal, inclusive and a force for good, and our purpose is to help people carry on with their lives, giving them peace of mind now and in the future. To help us to achieve this vision and purpose, we have recently transformed our operating model to Agile ways of working in important areas of the business, such as our Product, Data, and Tech teams. We want to be an employer where people with different skills and expertise collaborate to deliver excellent products and services to our customers.

The role:

We are looking for a Reserving Lead to join our finance department! Reporting into our Group Reserving Actuary, you will deliver and support Reserving, Forecasting, Monitoring and associated Business decision-making.

The purpose of this role is to lead a significant section of the Reserving function, providing strategic direction and oversight for your portfolio. You'll provide thought leadership on actuarial and business issues, and will lead and participate in the successful planning, implementation and delivery of large complex projects.

Key priorities will include:

  • Stakeholder management- You'll need to take ownership of specific relationships up to ExCo/Audit Committee level, understanding expectations and communicating Corporate Actuarial’s view effectively; present results, and explain drivers and the wider commercial context.

  • Leadership- We need an engaging leader who can adapt to changing circumstances and ensure team members are aligned on outcomes. You'll understand our responsibilities as a listed company and be able to distinguish between issues which need further investigation and those which need immediate escalation.

  • High performance culture- You'll contribute to the creation of a high performing Corporate Actuarial & Finance function through development of team members, empowering them to demonstrate their skills, and support them in the process.

  • Risk & Controls- You'll need a deep understanding of the principles of risk management and be able to apply this to manage controls and audit trails, responding positively to challenge by Risk and Audit, clearly articulating Corporate Actuarial’s position.

What else you'll be doing:

  • Lead, plan, manage and deliver reserving, forecasting and monitoring to produce insightful analysis in a timely and accurate manner. Carry out review of results, produce reports and deliver presentations to a high standard for final sign off by the Group Reserving Actuary.

  • Investigate, analyse and propose solutions to complex issues.

  • Ensure models researched and built for reserving or other applications use appropriate techniques and data and are efficient, high quality, well documented and verifiable.

  • Be aware of and direct the team in complying on an ongoing basis with the requirements of relevant professional/legal/regulatory/risk management frameworks, e.g. Technical Actuarial Standards, Solvency II, IFRS 17 & UK GAAP requirements.

What we are looking for:

  • Experience in a General Insurance background with deep knowledge of Reserving, Solvency II and IFRS 17

  • An advanced understanding of mathematical and statistical modelling tools

  • Experience managing stakeholders at all levels, and communicating in a governed environment. You'll also collaborate effectively, and be able to coach and manage a team.

  • Advanced knowledge of Excel and Psicle is preferred

Ways of Working

Our mixed model way of working offers a 'best of both worlds' approach combining the best parts of home and office-working, offering flexibility for everyone. Most colleagues attend the office 2 days per week. We'll consider the flexible working options that work best for you.

Read our flexible working approach here.

Benefits

We recognise we wouldn't be where we are today without our colleagues, that's why we offer excellent benefits designed to suit your lifestyle:

  • Generous 9% employer pension
  • Eligibility for annual performance bonus of up to 20%
  • Generous holidays, 30 days of annual leave (excluding bank holidays). Plus, the option of buying or selling up to 5 days each year.
  • 50% off home, motor and pet insurance
  • Free worldwide travel insurance and Green Flag breakdown cover
  • Electric Vehicle car scheme which allows all colleagues to lease a brand new electric or plug-in hybrid car in a tax efficient way
  • Free private medical cover
  • Buy-as-you-earn share scheme
  • Employee discounts and cashback

Being yourself

Direct Line Group is an equal opportunity employer, and we think diversity of background and thinking is a big strength in our people. We're delighted to feature as one of the UK's Top 50 Inclusive Employers and are committed to making our business an inclusive place to work, where everyone can be themselves and succeed in their careers.

We know you're more than a CV, and the things that make you, you, are what bring potential to our business. We recognise and embrace people that work in different ways so if you need any adjustments to our recruitment process, please speak to the recruitment team who will be happy to support you.

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