XL CATLIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRADUATE PROFILES

Over the years, our program participants have given us high marks for providing a useful, supportive and fun experience.

 
Actuarial


Description: User Photo“My personal highlight has been the rotations across the business. They are a great networking opportunity. My team is responsible for the reserves that XL Catlin holds, making sure we have enough money set aside to pay claims. My team is also responsible for monitoring catastrophes. Whilst on the program, I had the opportunity to build and design a checks database which has sped up the reserving team’s ability to undertake our quarterly checks.”
Emma Sarna, Actuarial Analyst (Reserving), London, 2013 cohort


Description: User Photo“As the largest syndicate in Lloyd’s, XL Catlin provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with experienced and talented actuaries. XL Catlin is a market leader and pioneer in development of new techniques, and it is great to be at the heart of it all. I have found myself taking on far more responsibility than I initially expected with model development and liaising with underwriters.
The study support is excellent, which has ensured the pass rates for students within the firm are consistently high.”
Amar Kotecha, Actuarial Analyst (Pricing), London, 2012 cohort


Description: User Photo“During the XLCDP orientation, we took a trip to the Lake District. This was a great setting to get to know each other better and receive personalized feedback. My job involves the development and improvement of XL Catlin’s capital model, which aims to aggregate and quantify all the risks that XL Catlin is exposed to. A lot of our work is then communicated to regulators for solvency requirements. I hold responsibility for the model dedicated to investments and market risk, which has given me exposure to working in cross-department projects.”
Rosie Ramsay, Capital Analyst, London, 2013 cohort
 

Business Operations


Description: User Photo“A personal highlight of the XLCDP is when Stephen Catlin (Executive Deputy Chairman) took time to meet the new graduates, which made us feel important and included, right from the start. From day one, after joining my team, I was expected and encouraged to get fully involved. The rotations demand different skill sets: from research, analysis and evaluation to communication, presentation and negotiation.”
Srikkanth Sridhar, Project Manager (IT and Change), London, 2012 cohort


Description: User Photo“Daily, I have been heavily involved with the implementation and improvement of the accounts payable function, which we recently centralized into our Shared Service Centre in Poland. I had the opportunity to travel to Poland to complete this project. Through this, I gained exposure to senior stakeholders.
The cross-function rotations are my highlight — I have built relationships and gained an insight into what each team does for XL Catlin.”
David Garbutt, Strategic Projects Analyst (Enterprise Shared Services), London, 2013 cohort


"The one thing I’ve enjoyed the most about the XLCDP has been the rotations across various functions. Besides giving me an organization-wide network, it’s given me a deeper understanding of the insurance business and how each function forms an essential and value adding part of XL Catlin."
Salil Sabir, Business Analyst (IT and Change), London, 2013 cohort

 

Claims


Description: User Photo"I was keen to work for an industry leader. XL Catlin offers an engaging and challenging graduate scheme, and the claims function has a track record of service excellence. I have had the opportunity to work in various areas and assist experienced adjusters in handling complex losses, as well as being able to take responsibility for claims files of my own. I was also given support to complete my Chartered Institute of Insurance qualification.”
Nick Gibbs, Claims (Marine), London, 2011 cohort


Description: User Photo"The highlight of my time at XL Catlin has been the variety of experiences available. My home team is US Casualty, so I spend most of my time looking at claims under professional indemnity policies for clients in the US. Insurance claims for medical malpractice and other professional negligence often involve complex, lengthy and costly court cases and need careful management. Every day requires communication with various third parties such as brokers and lawyers, as well as with people from within XL Catlin.”
Katy Rashbrook, Associate Claims Handler (US Casualty Claims), London, 2013 cohort
 

Finance

Description: User Photo"I take responsibility for the quarterly loss reserve accounts based on information from our finance colleagues around the globe. My role involves me assisting my team in various reporting exercises, mostly for management reporting but sometimes also for the annual/semi-annual accounts.
The Lake District trip undertaken during orientation was the one thing that stood out for me — it was fun and engaging and very effective for teambuilding.”
Yevgine Green, Group Assistant Management Accountant, London, 2013 cohort

 
Investments

Description: User Photo"The Investment Team is responsible for managing XL Catlin’s assets with the aim of preserving and maximising their value. The majority of investments are in high quality government and corporate bonds and the rest of the portfolio comprises of a broad spectrum of securities, such as public equities, private equities and hedge funds. My team’s role is to find the optimal allocation of assets across various legal entity balance sheets while accounting for regulatory and capital requirements.
During XLCDP, I most enjoyed the development weeks as they really helped me grow both professionally and as a person.”
Barbara Vriens-Bernecka, Graduate Trainee, Zurich, 2014 cohort


 
Underwriting — Reinsurance

Description: User Photo“The highlight of my time so far at XL Catlin has been the orientation program in London. It allowed me to build a firm base of insurance industry knowledge before I started my day-to-day job, which includes helping my team price accounts. This consists of looking at quantitative and qualitative information about insurance companies to help price their reinsurance. We look at the different modelled outputs and historical loss data to come up with a price we feel is adequate. We then adjust for other qualitative factors that are appropriate and relevant.”
Miles Brewer, Assistant Underwriter, Bermuda, 2013 cohort


Description: User Photo“In my team, we write insurance for a number of varying classes of business ranging from terrorism, cargo, hull, energy, political and credit risk. Every day is completely different. My personal highlight has been working on a Norwegian marine account, which insures cruise ships and oil rigs around Scandinavia.
The rotations that you go on as part of the XLCDP have been the most useful part of the program so far. This has given me a much broader view of the business and has helped me develop contacts throughout the company.”
Harry Thompson, Assistant Underwriter (Marine and Aviation), London, 2013 cohort


Description: User Photo“My job involves aiding underwriters with their projects. I have had the opportunity to rotate within many of the reinsurance divisions across XL Catlin. A personal highlight has been working with actuaries in Atlanta on developing a new pricing model for the Property Facultative departments. Knowing I could make a serious contribution after having rotated into this team was rewarding.”
Jackson Hollowell, US, 2013 cohort
 

Underwriting — Insurance


Description: User Photo“Every day is different and interesting. I assist the team with a wide variety of tasks including reviewing submissions from brokers, rating and modelling individual risks to determine adequate premiums, providing claims experiences and liaising with brokers.
One of the highlights is having the opportunity to gain global exposure, and the most enjoyable part has been the ability to rotate throughout the various departments of the business.”
Rebecca Smith, Assistant Underwriter, Sydney, 2013 cohort


Description: User Photo“My role involves assisting underwriters in risk evaluation, premium indication, broker communication, review of insurance wordings and the coordination of internal processes. Being able to rotate through the different underwriting departments has given me the challenging and very interesting opportunity to experience a diversified working life. The XLCDP has given me the opportunity to expand my business network, internally within XL Catlin as well as externally.”
Andreas Pfeifer, Assistant Underwriter, Cologne, 2013 cohort


Description: User Photo“I feel very fortunate to work for the largest syndicate in Lloyd’s. XL Catlin has definitely exceeded my expectations in terms of development opportunities, culture of openness, work support and disciplined underwriting principles. The orientation program involved workshops that consisted of technical, personal, teambuilding and interactive elements in order to gain a better understanding of the products, functions, culture and commercial marketplace of XL Catlin.”
Wei Feng Xiao, Graduate Trainee, Singapore, 2014 cohort

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