Global Head of Sustainability, Group Underwriting 80-100%

Festanstellung in Sustainable Finance und Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung


Our Commercial Customer Value Proposition is that we help our customers build confidence today to take positive action for tomorrow. A large part of this is guiding and assisting our customers through their transition to a sustainable future, leveraging our risk knowledge and expertise.

This aligns with our broader Group Sustainability ambitions delivered through the lens of Customer, Planet and People. This key role will ensure we deliver on our ambitions with a strong focus in underwriting of creating a climate resilient portfolio.

As a core member of the Group Underwriting team and reporting to the Group Chief Underwriting Officer, you will have the opportunity to shape Zurich’s ambition to be one of the most responsible and impactful businesses in the world

What you will do

  • Define and lead our global underwriting sustainability strategy and implementation plan based on the broader Group sustainability framework. Be a visible Ambassador and representative of our broader sustainability ambitions, both internally and externally. Be a strong external representative. Ensure our strategy and approach is well communicated and easily understood
  • Engagement with internal senior stakeholders at a Group level to ensure alignment and support across all key areas, as well as with regional and country stakeholders ensuring business support, integration, and execution to support our overall sustainability ambitions
  • Engagement with external partners and stakeholders ensuring clear articulation of our sustainability ambitions to support execution and to enhance our reputation and brand, whilst ensuring new knowledge transfer back into the organization
  • As a senior representative, work with other senior leaders (including the Group Sustainability team) and cross functional subject matter experts ensuring development of skills and knowledge of the Commercial Insurance landscape, whilst contributing to, and aligning with our broader Group sustainability commitments
  • Continuous engagement with our underwriting community ensuring knowledge transfer, an understanding of our underwriting positions and approach, and a continuous feedback loop of information allowing for agile adaptation as needed
  • Continued refinement of our sustainability underwriting approach and guidelines, working closely with our Global Lines of Business Underwriting teams to identify emerging risks and the potential impact on underwriting
  • Drive the development of Zurich’s own transition plan for underwriting as we create a climate resilient portfolio. Develop a carbon intensity analysis of our underwriting portfolio (insurance associated emissions), ensuring local adoption with embedded reporting
  • Ensure engagement, implementation and execution of our agreed NZIA obligations
  • Strong engagement with oil & gas, and other carbon intense customers, reviewing transition plans and reporting on outcome, working closely with market facing underwriters to track progress
  • Lead climate change scenario development for Commercial Insurance, working closely with Investment Management to develop in-house climate change risk scenarios. Applying these scenarios to our underwriting portfolio driving an understanding of potential exposure to transition and physical risks
  • Responsible for Zurich’s underwriting reporting obligations, both internally and externally

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and 10+ or more years of experience in related field
  • Open and collaborative approach, and proven influencing and stakeholder management skills. Ability to garner a strong following within the organisation whilst navigating across various senior stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills to articulate clear messaging and direction, both internally and externally
  • Confidence in speaking at external events and with the media
  • Strong customer focus and ability to engage with our customers in support of their transition agenda
  • Track record of successfully implementing new initiatives and addressing business challenges
  • Cross functional experience with knowledge and a network within the organisation

Primary work location is Zurich, Switzerland. Travel will be required from time to time.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your online application.

Zurich wants to attract the best talent and we acknowledge that talents might not always be available full-time. At Zurich we will consider requests for flexible working. Many of our employees work flexibly in a variety of ways. Please talk to us during the interview about the flexibility you may need.

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Information for recruitment agencies

Zurich does not accept any applications from recruitment agencies for this position. We refuse any responsibility for unsolicited applications as well as any associated fees.

Why Zurich

At Zurich, we like to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. We take an optimistic approach by focusing on the positives and constantly asking What can go right?

We are an equal opportunity employer who knows that each employee is unique – that’s what makes our team so great!
Join us as we constantly explore new ways to protect our customers and the planet.

  • Location(s):  CH – Zürich
  • Remote working:
  • Schedule: Full Time
  • Recruiter name: Parkinson Christopher
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