At Swiss Re
The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing direct and working through brokers, its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients. From standard products to tailor-made coverage across all lines of business, Swiss Re deploys its capital strength, expertise and innovation power to enable the risk taking upon which enterprise and progress in society depend.
Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1863, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of over 60 offices globally and is rated "AA-" by Standard & Poor's, "A1" by Moody's and "A+" by A.M. Best. Registered shares in the Swiss Re Group holding company, Swiss Re Ltd., are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and trade under the symbol SREN.
Our Mission and Priorities
Swiss Re continues to sharpen its focus on core business. Our mission is clear and simple: to be the leading player in the wholesale re/insurance industry.
What ‘wholesale’ means to us: focusing on large and complex re/insurance transactions with insurance clients, corporate clients and public sector clients – as well as with pension funds. We anticipate extreme scenarios and enable the risk taking that is essential to the development of enterprise and progress in society. This is what Swiss Re is all about.
How We Operate
Swiss Re Group consists of a holding company, Swiss Re Ltd, with three distinct Business Units corresponding to Swiss Re’s core activities in reinsurance, direct corporate insurance, and direct life insurance:
- Corporate Solutions
- Admin Re®
The Place to Succeed
Client centricity, agility, team spirit, passion to perform and integrity – these are aspects, not just of the organisation, but of how its people should do business every day. The best reason for aligning Swiss Re’s structure with its strategic aims is to create room for employees to exercise their talents and initiative. A clear statement of corporate values now complements Swiss Re’s operating model and business goals. Across the Group, employees and managers will find improved scope to serve their clients, to make decisions and take responsibility, to exercise leadership and accept accountability. There will be greater opportunities to move between divisions and shape a career.
Our values are our foundation
Client centricity, agility, team spirit, passion to perform, and integrity. These values are at the core of our organisation.
Our values guide the way we think
- They shape our culture, direct how we behave, and challenge each and every one of us - each and every day.
- They are the foundation for the way we conduct our business.
- They are the inspiration for our continued success.
Our values mean doing business
the Swiss Re way
- Being open, honest and transparent in everything we do.
- Treating everyone with respect - both inside and outside the company.
- Taking the long-term view, and playing our part in enabling sustainable progress - for stakeholders and society in general.
- And creating an inclusive culture that encourages diversity of thought and opinion.
Some 10,000 talented people
- We take pride in being an organisation of truly exceptional people.
- We prize the contribution that every one of us makes.
- Our values define us. Unite us. Inspire us. And raise the bar higher.
- When we embrace these values, we become even more remarkable.
Thank you for considering a career at Swiss Re, one of the world’s leading reinsurance companies.
We enable the risk-taking that is essential to enterprise and progress. But there’s much more to our business than meets the eye. Natural disasters, pandemics or computer crime are only a few of the issues we deal with on a day-to-day basis. Our size and global presence, combined with a staff of outstanding people from a rich variety of backgrounds around the world, makes for a fascinating organisation and a fantastic work environment.
We are a company full of bright people who are all experts in their fields – whether they are trained in science, philosophy, law, finance, medicine or something totally different. Every year we give a group of bright and highly skilled people like yourself the opportunity to discover the world from Swiss Re’s perspective.
Our recruiting process is the same worldwide. When applying for a position in a region/country, please be sure that you hold a currently valid work permit for the region/country in question.
You are different, passionate and successful and looking for another opportunity to contribute your expertise to a new challenge.
Swiss Re's reputation for excellence and innovation is no coincidence. We welcome professionals to join our organization and develop not only the company but also themselves. Developing and executing our services of the highest quality level is the work of thousands of outstanding people all over the world – our employees. We recruit individuals with the potential to contribute their skills, diversity and talents to a work culture shaped by mutual respect. Whether you are an experienced (re-)insurance specialist, finance professional, or a successful and motivated manager, if you believe expectations are there to be exceeded, we welcome you to join our team.
Headquartered in Switzerland, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of over 60 offices globally. Our largest clients also have a global presence. Our office network makes us more competitive and effective, enabling us to focus on our core strengths and provide best-in-class service to our clients.
In a world of risks there is a world of opportunity for you. Agricultural risk solutions, Climate change, Country risk management, Longevity risks and (Re)insurance regulation – US reforms/Solvency II is a selection of the topics that are important to Swiss Re and where we see importance for our clients. Working for Swiss Re, means exposure to leading topics and the opportunity to expand your knowledge, explore new fields of expertise or work with other professionals to create opportunities and shape our environment.
If you are looking for a new challenge, Swiss Re has a world full of them. We offer professionals an inclusive culture that encourages diversity of thought and opinion. Values like client centricity, agility, team spirit, passion to perform and integrity guide the way we think and act. We take pride in being an organisation of truly exceptional people and we prize the contribution that every one of us makes.
At Swiss Re we believe career development is a shared responsibility between the employee, line manager and the Company. A career in our dynamic and global work environment is much more than hierarchical progress, it means life-long learning. It isn't a one-time event, but rather a series of events that take place every time a step is taken towards personal development and career goals.
Next to the wide training offerings in the areas of technical and professional skills, Swiss Re also has a focus on leadership skills and tightly focused 3-year programs to develop candidates for such levels as Director and Managing Director.
Every year, a number of employees around the globe are selected to join these programmes and are prepared with structured and accelerated development offerings for more senior roles within our company.
Explore the exciting world of Swiss Re and discover a fantastic work environment in our multicultural, global organisation.
Every year Swiss Re offers a group of students internship positions to discover the world from Swiss Re’s perspective. An internship position can be much more than a summer job – it can be your start to a career at Swiss Re.
During the interns@swissre programme you will be assigned to a line manager and his or her team where you will take on tasks and work on projects straight away. You will have the opportunity to participate in activities that will also expose you to other business units and groups. The network events that are organized for our graduates@swissre will be open to you as well and you will get to experience Swiss Re’s culture while interacting with our employees at other business and social events.
We are looking for students attending an institute of higher education. Internship positions are offered to students in:
- Switzerland/Germany in their 3rd year (6th semester) onwards
- United Kingdom in their 1st year onwards
- United States in their 1st year of a graduate degree program or in their junior year of an undergraduate program
We offer internship positions to students from all disciplines. If you have an excellent academic track record, and the ability to deliver outstanding solutions and relate well to people from different backgrounds and cultures, you are the ideal candidate to apply for an interns@swissre position at Swiss Re.
Swiss Re has always had a tradition of responsible and effective contribution to society and the world we work in. The Swiss Re Foundation is making visible and tangible the social and humanitarian values of Swiss Re, co-ordinating and channelling effort and making sure its benefit reaches as far as it can.
Our goal is to address social and humanitarian problems worldwide and build local capacity to face them. The issues we address are social, economic and ecological imbalances with a range of causes, including natural disaster, climate change, water, population growth and pandemic. We collaborate long-term on projects and also provide emergency aid. Finally, we carry out work locally and in Swiss Re’s communities.
Why we are here
We work in climate, water, natural catastrophes, and society to alleviate suffering and help communities become more resilient.
What we do
Increasing resilience is just as important as finance, making the difference between surviving this time, and surviving every time.
Working with us
The Swiss Re Foundation works through funding, partnerships, and Swiss Re employee volunteering and secondment.
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Five month interview process. Disorganized interview process with limited feedback from HR. Unwelcoming office with nobody hosting tele-presence interviews. On the positive side, quality of people was very high and all agreed that the interview process is extremely cumbersome. I believe that the HR department will say egg they need to say in order to keep you at the table during the long interview period. Very disingenuous. Great company otherwise - unless they treat their clients the same way...Interview Questions
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The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing direct and working through brokers, its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients. From standard products to tailor-made coverage across all lines of business, Swiss Re deploys...
Mission: Swiss Re continues to sharpen its focus on core business. Our mission is clear and simple: to be the leading player in the wholesale re/insurance industry.