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Job summary

We are looking for an inquisitive and capable Junior Analyst to join the Strategy and Corporate Development team. This is a small team that works at the heart of the business to shape our growth and transformation strategy and support its implementation.
This person will report to the Senior Financial Analyst and will work closely with the whole team, comprising the Head of Innovation and Digital Strategy Manager, alongside the Chief Strategy Officer. We are also currently recruiting for other roles as we look to build on our success.
We have a strong collegiate culture and initiative is encouraged. You will work closely with senior management, underwriting teams and many parts of the business.
The broader remit of Strategy and Corporate Development includes:
* Strategy - shape and communicate a clear story and cohesive long-term plan for the Group and working internally and externally to support implementation
* Corporate Development - identify and pursue potential business development opportunities
* Intelligence - carry out, share and act on appropriate market, customer and competitor research and analysis, both quantitative and qualitative
* Innovation - build and leverage our reputation for innovation and creativity for growing commercial benefit

Main duties

Good intelligence and smart analysis are an important part of the team's role and integral to the success of our other functions: this position will focus on helping us to expand and derive more value from our intelligence capabilities.
* Shaping, building and communicating our strategy and long-term plan internally and to external partners
* Working with underwriting teams to maintain an effective understanding of industry trends and to help identify appropriate opportunities to implement their intended strategies and long-term plans
* Defining and conducting market, competitor and customer research and analysis to improve market knowledge across the business and inform Group strategy and decision-making
* Research to help identify underwriting and investment opportunities or potential underwriting partnerships
* Financial analysis and due diligence of opportunities relating to potential acquisitions or investments in underwriting or related businesses
* Conducting customer research in support of potential Innovation partnerships
* Responsibility for industry and segmental data held in our systems

Your role will be to assist the team as widely as possible:
* Sourcing and distilling various sources of quantitative and qualitative research
* Analysing macro, customer, industry and competitor trends in order to shape and fulfil the strategic goals of the company
* Responding to the opportunities identified, typically focused on driving organic growth
* Co-ordinating corporate development activities across several teams
* Attending strategic meetings with internal and external stakeholders, creating notes and relaying messages
* Drafting communications and presentations, and contributing to all team activities outlined above
* Develop strong understanding of business dynamics and performance drivers, in order to enhance the effectiveness of analysis and delivery
* Maintain regular interaction across the business, including Underwriting, Actuarial, Finance and Risk teams

This role has tremendous scope for learning and development across a range of specialty insurance activities and is ideal for someone looking to build a career in insurance. Progression is self-determined, so this role would suit an ambitious and enterprising candidate.
This is a broad role and to be successful in it you will need to be curious, analytical and organised. You will interact closely with senior management and widely across the business, so will need to have strong verbal and written communication skills.
Your profile

* Some experience in a commercial environment necessary, but we are agnostic to industry
* Experience communicating with senior audiences
Technical skills
* Strong numerical skills
* Able to perform robust analysis
* Articulate written and verbal communicator
* Excellent attention to detail
* Proficient user of Microsoft Office products, in particular Excel
* Understanding of Specialty Insurance desirable but not necessary

* Robust academic ability essential but University not a pre-requisite
* Relevant professional training or qualifications desirable but not essential
Personal attributes

To be successful in this role you are likely to have the following attributes:
* Independent, creative thinker yet strong team ethic
* Energy, enthusiasm and enterprise
* Strong ability to distil complexity and prioritise appropriately
* Natural curiosity and inclination to challenge
* Clarity of thinking - unconstrained yet logical and structured
* Organised and with good presentation skills
* Strong attention to detail combined with ability to apply pragmatism and common sense
* Aptitude for effective flexible working
* Self-motivated with strong initiative and good work ethic
* Ability to engage with people at all levels
* Thoughtful and collaborative
* Practical, problem-solving intelligence applied with humility
* Apply personal initiative and accountability within team environment
* Unquestionable integrity
* Clear, concise communication skills, both verbal and written