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Zurich Insurance Plc


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About Zurich 

We are part of the Zurich Insurance Group, an insurance-based financial services provider. Our headquarters are in Zurich, Switzerland. Founded in 1872, we now have a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Our 60,000 employees serve customers in more than 170 countries. 
We offer a wide range of Life, Investment and General Insurance products. We are one of the largest insurers in Ireland, employing over 1,000 people in Ireland. Zurich's regional Europe Middle East and Africa EMEA headquarters are also based in Dublin, This Company is responsible for the oversight of 13 ZIP branches and the EMEA region. 

Our ongoing commitment to service excellence has been recognised throughout the industry, with both the Irish Brokers Association and the Professional Insurance Brokers Association awarding Zurich the number one for service excellence. 

At Zurich our focus is on empowering our employees to embark on international careers within Zurich and is something we are very proud of. By being selected to participate in our Graduate Development Programme, you will gain experience in both our Domestic & our Regional business, allowing you the opportunity to gain accelerated development via practical learning and exposure to our senior leadership team.

At Zurich we provide our employees with challenging, real life opportunities to develop and grow with us and contribute to the world around us – both professionally and personally. We welcome you to come join us if you want to be part of this great organization and contribute to Zurich as a leader in our industry!

Zurich’s Graduate Development Programme

The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees around the world – people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry

Zurich’s Graduate Development Programme (GDP) is designed for highly talented graduates with the drive and ambition to become senior technical experts and leaders with a leading global insurer. This year we will select 3 top class graduates to take part in this unique programme. These skilled individuals will form a unique pool of talent The Graduate Development Programme is a robust two year on the job training programme consisting of a series of six month rotations working across our GI domestic, Life and EMEA Head Offices. By being part of the Zurich Graduate Development Programme you will have access to the most experienced managers and inspirational executives. In Ireland we are seeking top class graduates for positions in the follow areas: 

  • Claims 
  • Underwriting 
  • Broker
  • Cyber Security
  • I.T Infrastructure
  • Application Development & Maintenance

Who are we looking for? 

We are continually looking for graduates who share our desire to be the best at what we do and who can help us provide the best services and products to our customers. We realize that for Zurich to be the best, we must connect with, empower and support those individuals who share our passion for breaking down traditional industry stereotypes through innovation.
We are seeking recent graduates who have or expect to achieve a 1.1 honors degree or a (2.1) minimum (undergraduate degree in business, mathematics, finance, legal, Computer Science, Information Technology, Application Development, Enterprise Computing, Cyber Security or Digital Forensics is preferred). Masters Qualification in a relevant discipline or other equivalent post graduate qualification is a strong advantage.

Graduate should have strong technical, analytical and communication skills. Equally important, we require graduates to be willing to work as part of a team, have the ability to challenge the status quo, and be willing to share knowledge and learning.

We require all graduates to be flexible, adaptable and geographically mobile with multiple languages is desirable 

Graduates should be able to demonstrate Leadership and management potential and have held leadership positions throughout educational or work experience. 

What Zurich offers you. 

The Zurich Graduate Programme is focused on developing graduates technical and leadership skills along with exposing graduates to Zurich’s Business Strategy.

GDP structure provides graduates with the opportunity to develop leadership skills by preparing and executing a project plan with a team comprised of other graduates. 

The 2 year program will consist of 4, 6 month rotations that will provide graduates with an opportunity to learn specific technical skill, products and concepts. 

At Zurich we encourage global mobility

A role that suits your skills

Right from the start you will play an important role in your hiring function. You will learn to understand the target markets, the customers, the distribution channels and the internal processes of our company.


You will learn how to handle claims, drive operational and financial performance, and analyse the main levers affecting customer satisfaction and retention. You will have opportunities to apply your knowledge directly to strategic initiatives within Claims, both on a local and regional level, providing you with an inspiring environment.


You will learn how to evaluate the risks of our customers, determine the price and terms for accepting the transfer of those risks and work with internal and external parties to sell the customer an insurance solution. You will gain exposure to all Lines of Business on both a local and regional level.


You will learn how the broker market operates by working closely with our brokers giving support and guidance on a day to day basis. 
You will gain experience from our in-house specialist underwriters by evaluating the risk, determine the price and terms and accepting the transfer of those risks. 


The 2 year program will consist of several rotations across the GOT units providing graduates with an opportunity to learn specific technical skill, products and concepts. This might include an opportunity for an extended stay in one of our other locations throughout Europe.

The Graduate Development Programme is an opportunity for you to jumpstart your career and leaves a lasting footprint in a leading global organisation. This is your opportunity to join us and realize your potential as a professional alongside some of the most respected and innovative talent in the insurance industry.

So, if you think you have what it takes to become a future leader and are a top performer in your graduating class, we want to hear from you.

Closing date for applications is the 8th April 2016. Please visit our website via the clickthrough below to apply.

Contact name: 
Marie Byrne
Telephone number: 
01 209 2141
Contact by email: 

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County Dublin County Wexford
Organisation's locations: 
Wexford and Dublin
Number of employees: 
Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 
Areas of specialisation: 
Finance, IT, underwriting, claims
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