Strategy Assistant

Strategy Analyst

Job summary

We are looking for an inquisitive and capable person to join the Strategy and Corporate Development team. This is a small team that works at the heart of the business to shape the growth and transformation strategy and support its implementation.
This person will report to the Chief Strategy Officer and will work closely with the whole team, comprising the Head of Innovation, Digital Strategy Manager and Senior Financial Analyst. We are also currently recruiting for other roles as we look to build on our success.
A strong collegiate culture and initiative is encouraged. You will also work closely with senior management, underwriting teams and many parts of the business.
Through the remit of the Chief Strategy Officer, there is scope to contribute broadly to the business over time, including:
* 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
* Digital underwriting - engaging with underwriting and technology teams to determine an appropriate digital underwriting strategy
* Marketing - maintaining close alignment between strategic themes and brand identity
* Distribution - ensuring appropriate strategy in place and delivered, engaging with Underwriting teams and Brokers

Main duties

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.
Your role will be to assist the team as widely as possible in the activities outlined above. This may include:
* Helping to manage deliverables across diverse strategic workstreams
* Working with underwriting teams on plans or opportunities
* Working with the range of technical and non-technical functions to solve specific problems
* Contribute to thought process and activities regarding strategy
* Becoming involved in tackling specific opportunities identified
* Co-ordinating activities across several teams, both internal and external
* Attending strategic meetings with internal and external stakeholders, creating notes and relaying messages
* Drafting communications and presentations
* Ad hoc research and analysis on particular topics
* Coordinating regular reporting requirements
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 it would be helpful 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
* You will probably have been working for between 3 and 5 years

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